How to Install a Mosaic Tile Backsplash

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. It is not only where we prepare meals, it is also where we snack, have our morning coffee, and even just have a relaxing chat with a friend. So why don’t we spend some time making it look great?

Here is your kitchen before adding a tile backsplash. Dull and uninspiring...

Here is your kitchen before adding a tile backsplash. Dull and uninspiring…

The simple answer for some people is because it is too hard. They don’t know how to make a kitchen that looks outdated leap into the current century. Well, don’t be discouraged anymore! A simple update that will make any kitchen look terrific is adding a glass tile backsplash. And it is easy to do!

Step One: Find your backsplash

Most hardware stores have tons of options to choose from so take stock of the current color scheme of your kitchen and find something that you think would fit well. The multi-color options that provide a subtle pattern are especially attractive.

Step Two: Prep your wall

To really make the backsplash look seamless, you will need to remove appliances and install a temporary ledger. Make sure to use a level to keep everything straight.

Choose a focal point, usually at the center of your oven/range, and mark it with a piece of tape. This will serve as the starting point for the adhesion of your backsplash.

Next, line up the tiles on the wall in order to identify where you will need to make your cuts. Follow the age-old adage, “measure twice and cut once” to avoid unnecessary cuts. You can always press the tiles slightly together or stretch them slightly to make the tiles fit more snugly in your desired section.

Step Three: Apply the Thinset

Mix thinset in a easy to hold container and, beginning at the center point, spread the thinset across the surface you will tile. Try to use the edge of your trowel to achieve a thickness of about ¼ in. The thicker you go, the more there will be to press through the spaces in the tiles; the thinner your thinset layer, the more risk there is that the tiles will not set.

Step Four: Placing Your Tiles

Place your tile sheets into the thinset layer and lightly press them to ensure a strong bond. You can also use a flat hard-cover book or a piece of wood placed flat over the tiles and hit it lightly with a hammer in order to get the tiles to adhere completely.

Step Five: The Grand Finale

Danny Yehia walks you through how to apply a mosaic tile backsplash in your kitchen.

And here is your finished kitchen. Gorgeous! The mosaic tile backsplash truly brings it to life.

Peel the paper off the tiles by first wetting the paper and then peeling carefully from one of the corners. The tiles could be a little dirty so take a wet cloth and gently clean them. Then, apply your grout and wait for everything to set. Replace any appliances you removed and step back and admire your beautiful new kitchen!


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Now Is the Time to Act on Climate Change

Danny Yehia:

Give this a quick read – The Huffington Post always has some great posts on the environment.

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

Climate change has been one of my top priorities since the day I took office in 2007. I said then that if we care about our legacy for succeeding generations, this is the time for decisive global action. I have been pleased to see climate change rise on the political agenda and in the consciousness of people worldwide. But I remain alarmed that governments and businesses have still failed to act at the pace and scale needed.

Time is running out. The more we delay, the more we will pay. Climate change is accelerating and human activities are the principal cause, as documented in a series of authoritative scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The effects are already widespread, costly and consequential — to agriculture, water resources, human health, and ecosystems on land and in the oceans. Climate change poses sweeping risks for economic stability and the…

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Plant-Based Pause No 35: Why Living Plant-Based is Better for the Planet

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I’ve met a lot of people that do these plant-based diets. The more I get to know about it, the more I realize that it might be something we should all look into. Maybe not live entirely this way, but leaning more and more toward a plant-based diet could benefit all of us.

Originally posted on Sasieology:

In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.

‘Pollution is a symbol of design failure.’ – William McDonough


So far in these plant-based pauses I’ve talked a lot about how eating plant-based is better for your personal health, but did you also know that ditching the animal products is also much…

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Are Smaller Families Mother Nature’s Best Friend?

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Interesting take.

Originally posted on KidFreeToday (beta):

The studies and statistics about global warming, pollution, overpopulation, hunger and depleting natural resources are everywhere. Polar bears are starving, bees are dying, and that big Pacific Ocean garbage patch is growing. These sad things are all the result of… us. Some scientists even think that the grandchildren of the current generation are facing an “unprecedented environmental crisis.” Yikes.

Not cool, people. Put your trash in the trash can.

Not cool, people. Put your trash in the trash can.

Certainly some folks are far bigger environmental offenders than others, but more and more people are thinking hard about their carbon footprint and trying to control the overall impact that their day-to-day life and even their goals have or will have on our fragile planet. And we’re coming to realize that more people = more strain on the environment.

Environment aside, (and never mind expenses of parenting) many current and future parents are making conscious decisions to have only…

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The Heart of Wilderness

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Happy anniversary! Protecting over 9 million acres of land – we need more of these acts in our life.

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of America’s passage of the Wilderness Act.

It’s fair to say that we each have our own relationship with wilderness. For me, wilderness has touched me in very special ways: I once scattered ashes of a dear friend in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a place of peace, solace, and wonder for her, a place she wanted to belong to for eternity. I especially remember the time I pitched a tent in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, dozed to the sound of a myriad of frogs, and awoke to a chorus of wood storks and warblers. While there I canoed through tea-colored waters, cypress forests, and wetlands – a home to bears, herons, alligators, and egrets. It was the most peaceful I have ever felt.

Wilderness is special, for us and for wildlife. It provides some of the last great places for…

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Global warming could reduce Sierra Nevada runoff by 25 percent

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Forest evaporation leading to increased water loss… These scientists are starting to go crazy in-depth.

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Increased plant growth projected to use more water

In the lengthening nights of October, the Snake River starts to freeze.

Global warming is likely to have a big impact on mountain runoff.

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Staff Report

FRISCO — Forests and brush moving up mountainsides as the climate warms could take a big gulp from streams and rivers, potentially cutting runoff by as much as 25 percent by the end of the century. Warmer temperatures will accelerate plant growth, triggering more water absorption and evaporation, according to researchers with  UC Irvine and UC Merced.

“Scientists have recognized for a while that something like this was possible, but no one had been able to quantify whether it could be a big effect,” said UCI professor of Earth system science Michael L. Goulden. “It’s clear that this could be a big effect of climate warming and that water managers need to recognize and plan for the possibility of increased water losses from forest evaporation.”

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Danny Yehia:

This is something that more and more people need to be made aware of. Fossil Fuels are continuing to pollute our world – and there’s very little that we’re doing about it.

Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

Co-authored by Julia Trezona Peek

Once the lone province of climate scientists, the chorus warning of the costs of inaction on climate change grows larger daily, from former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who warned Washington this summer of the coming climate bubble, to Desmond Tutu, who has urged institutions to divest from fossil fuels. Even the U.S. Congress, the week before August recess, introduced two big climate-related bills (in the House) and held four hearings on climate change. The tide is clearly shifting.

Financial pressure from the fossil fuel industry, however, has helped ensure that overall the U.S. Congress has done little to confront the challenges of a warming world. The fossil fuel industry spent $536 million on lobbying and donations to the 112th Congress and receives an estimated $37.5 billion annually in U.S. subsidies.

This lobby legacy, and the bias Congress and the administration have given to…

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