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joem_1980 05-04-2012 01:19 AM

How to layout Backsplash
Hi this is my first attempt at tile work..... I have done some research but still not sure how to layout the 3 walls for the kitchen.

My Plan is to do a standard brick pattern.
Im using 3X6 Travertine tumbled with 1/8 spacers
and im also adding 12inch brass looking pencil trim after laying 2 rows of tile.

My Kitchen is not a 90 degree corner with 2 walls. It has 3 walls and they meet at 45 degrees.....

Wall A----- 89 and 1/4 Inches (stove wall)
Wall B----- 21 and 1/4 (small corner wall)
Wall C----- 54 and 1/2

I did some layout on the counter first and found it was best to start at wall B.
since it works out almost perfect and ends up being 3 full tiles plus a half tile.

And If i do that then Wall C ends up the same. It ends with full and half tiles as well.

Am I on the right track???? or should I be trying to find the centre of Wall A, and start there and wherever everything else ends up it ends up????

I dont plan to add any different tiles behind the stove. Im keeping it brick pattern across all 3 walls.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

joem_1980 05-04-2012 01:33 PM

I guess no one has any thoughts lol????

firehawkmph 05-04-2012 11:00 PM

it sounds like you're on the right track with the first two walls. Ideally they would start and end with a full and half tiles on both ends. Doesn't usually work out that way. How does the other wall lay out? You want to avoid having a skinny piece on either end. So lay out the third wall and adjust accordingly. If your third wall ends up with a full tile and a half tile on one end, and the other end isn't quite a full tile, butt that end into the wall next to it and it won't be that noticeable. Many times I take a small piece of scrap lumber, say a 1 x 2 and cut it so it is a bit shorter than the length of the wall. Then I'll layout some tiles with spacers along the wood and mark each tile at both ends, leaving the small grout joint space. Then I can slide the stick back and forth to see where the tile is going to hit and even up my cuts.
Mike Hawkins:)

joem_1980 05-05-2012 05:47 PM

Thanks Mike. Its good to know im on the right track.

Wall A ends with some smaller cuts around 1 3/4 " But im fine with that because my 45degrees areas all ended up being half tiles. So ending at one end with some smaller cuts is fine.

Im actually thinking i might keep going on wall A because there is a small divider/support wall there that I can tile onto.

Still not sure though, have to see what the wife says about that lol.

Thanks again.

firehawkmph 05-05-2012 07:40 PM

Posts some pics when you're done.
Mike Hawkins:)

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