If you have unwanted or broken china cups and plates, you have the main things required to create an attractive mosaic backsplash for your kitchen. The result is a unique pattern sure to draw a few compliments. Learn how to do this and your services may be in demand throughout the neighborhood!
You will need:
• Unwanted or broken china cups and plates
• Rubber grout float
• Trowel featuring 1/8-inch notch
• Tile adhesive
• Tile snips
• Cement mixing tool bit
• Cement mixer
• Large piece of cardboard or paper
• Tape measure
Step 1: Use the tape measure to capture the backsplash dimensions. Transfer these to a large piece of cardboard or paper, using the pencil. Cut out a template with the scissors. Put the template over the backsplash area and adjust the size of the cardboard or paper until it fits perfectly into the backsplash area.
Step 2: Break off evenly sized pieces of china cups and plates, using the tile snips.
Step 3: Place the paper template on a large horizontal surface such as the floor. Arrange the pieces of china on the template to form a pattern. China pieces should be at least ¼-inch apart. Adjust until you achieve an attractive design.
Step 4: Follow the tile adhesive instructions for applying tile glue and affixing each piece of china to the backsplash area. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: Prepare the tile grout by following the manufacturer instructions. Mix the grout with the cement mixer until it has a consistency like pancake batter.
Step 6: Spread the grout on the china with the grout float. Wait 15 minutes and use a damp sponge to remove the excess grout. Follow the grout guidelines for letting the grout set firmly. Re-wipe the area with a damp sponge and use a dry towel to polish the china to remove any powdery film.