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Old 02-23-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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i said i would never mess with glass tiles. after having looked a 100's of tiles, only one did i like. and yes, its glass

i am wondering what issues, installing and living with, could/should i expect ?

i have a wet tile saw.

one concern i have is, light reflecting off it. i have yet to put in the under cab lighting. and will probably go with led. i mean, what good is a nice tile, if light pollution messes it up.

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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They can look great---

the hardest part about installing is the wet cutting--that often softens the glue on the mesh backing---leaving you with a pile of loose tiles--

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Old 02-23-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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these are just nailed to the wall. this way, we can look at them for a while. makes it much easier to see if we can live with them for the long haul.

as with most digital pics, the colors are not exact. there is more warmth/color than what the pics show(on my computer).
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I think if you were to complete the entire backsplach with those tiles, it would make the kitchen lookk too dark and monolithic. I would use those as an accent strip by cutting the 12 x 12 mats in 1/2 and use white tiles above and below them, out only use those above and below a field of white. For more contrast, install white squares diagonally.
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I think if you were to complete the entire backsplach with those tiles, it would make the kitchen lookk too dark and monolithic. I would use those as an accent strip by cutting the 12 x 12 mats in 1/2 and use white tiles above and below them, out only use those above and below a field of white. For more contrast, install white squares diagonally.
white ? are you &#%@ing kidding me. i CAN'T STAND anything white in my kitchen. white is sterile and lacks personality.
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oh. and it also says "cheap".
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Relax ! That's why there are so many colors!

I'm working with a gal that likes 'contemporary ' --Modern and simple--

Not my taste--but her kitchen is going to be real nice-----

I look forward to seeing the end results---Mike----
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Just in case you don't know,use non sanded grout on glass tile.The sanded grout will scratch the glass.
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yeah. that got me go'n

i do have some white in there right now, the led can lights. i gotta get to painting them.

i know about the unsanded grout thing. i am still not sold on these, i going to keep looking. but i have been looking for a while now, and sometimes ya just gotta do "something"
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There are almost to many choices---find one you like and go with it---that one looks good from here---

The last kitchen we did used clear glass with white painted backs---subway tile size---larger than average kitchen---looked wonderful---that customer has a good eye for color and style--a joy to work with--
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Those glass tiles are all the rage du jour. Even some Walmarts carry them. Personally, I don't like them a bit. Though they really aren't, to me they just scream "cheap."

My wife, an artist, had some "special" ideas about what to put in the log house we built. The counters are dark granite (Ubatuba); the backsplash is stainless steel. Actually goes well with the stainless steel appliances.
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There are almost to many choices--

-find one you like and go with it
yeah, almost.

thats the problem. these were the first of 100's that i considered worth bringing home. and i am not happy about glass.
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Mosaics are the most difficult tile to set---I'll be glad to see the trend change----I keep raising my back splash charge and ,dog gone, the keep selling----
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i think i would like to have larger tiles. but i didn't like any i saw.

laying these isn't the issue, other than learning to deal with glass.
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white ? are you &#%@ing kidding me. i CAN'T STAND anything white in my kitchen. white is sterile and lacks personality.
Ok black then...

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