Thursday, March 28, 2013

Glass Tile Backsplash

In the downstairs guest bath, we went with the quartz backsplash that came with the counter. It looks clean and crisp and finished.

In the upstairs spare bath, I thought a little glass tile backsplash would be better than a wood back and side splash. Read about the counter here. I wanted something to add a little sparkle. I had the perfect tile in mind. It was glass with silver, black and white it even had a bit of mirrored tile in it. 
Not too specific, right? Well, I didn't find the one floating around in my mind's eye but I found a simple and pretty tile at Home Depot. It brought the shower area and the vanity area together.
It was a quick albeit messy install. (I hate dealing with grout!!!)
I cut the glass tiles to the height I needed and simply spread an adhesive and grout mix on the back. I loved working with glass tile. The pieces are small and cutting the mesh was easier than using that huge wet saw.

It is like frosting a cookie.
I had to cut a few of the tiles with my tile snip. 
The glass tiles were hard to cut. It took a few tries to get ones that didn't break but I only needed two cut tiles.

This whole backsplash was less than $30.00. Each 12X12 section of was $7.00. I think it provides some added drama for not a lot of money.  
I love it. 
It matches the paint in the potty/shower room perfectly. It brings the geometric motif from the floor into the vanity area.

One of my favorite things about this room is Granny Vi's pink chair. It is one of a pair and Rebekah has the other at her apartment. This one belongs to her too, but I'm hoping she will let me keep it. 
The neighbor across the street from us when we were growing up had a pink and black scheme in her entryway.  It was a big pink cabbage roses on a black ground. I had to be really young but I just loved her walls. I don't know if I was just a weird little kid or if it is a testament to how much I have always loved design. I like that this bathroom has that same vintage vibe. 
We always keep a lamp on in here.
The counter was $25.00. We used pine.The wood came from Home Depot.
The sink was $60.00. It is the Cadet by American Standard.
The faucet was $99.00 (You could find one cheaper for sure.) Bill wanted a Delta faucet. We went with chrome instead of brushed nickel for a vintage look. The sink and faucet came from Lowes.
The tile was $30.00. I found it at Home Depot. 
The black and white checked floor is about 10 years old. Home Depot had something similar in a hex tile.

I would do this all again in a heart beat. 
I'm looking around trying to decide if it would work in the kitchen or the master bath. We'll see. 

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  1. Pretty back splash Katie! I love your counter too! What a pretty bathroom!Happy Easter!

  2. Oh my gosh! I love this post so much! I think everything in here is adorable and so inspiring! I'm really impressed with all these great ideas. Thanks!

  3. I too luv a pink and black color scheme and a currently doing my bathroom a cool retro 50s look. Adore your room and you gotta keep that chair its perfection in there!

    Thanks for sharing

    1. I love the retro look. I love the chair. It looks good and it is comfy.

  4. Yep, LOVE it! Looks so much more interesting than typically laid tile.
    glass backsplash tile

  5. Pretty back splash! Lovely all together :) ~Pernilla

  6. Just gorgeous!! Love it all! Will feature today at HSH!

  7. I just love it when homeowners and designers find creative ways to use glass tile mosaics anywhere in the home! This was probably a cost effective way to do a splash around the vanity, even the most expensive mosaic when cutting the mesh on the back and making into smaller strips makes it affordable! Perfect! Looks Great!

  8. I am so impressed that you did it yourself. I can't picture myself ever doing tile. I love the black and white check floor. Our house was built in 1928 and we have the original white hexagon tiles and a few black hexagons scattered here and there. If we ever have to redo the bathroom floor, I am going to copy your floor.

    1. Tiling is hard on the knees (if you are doing a floor) but it is not hard. It is messy though.

  9. Thanks for the post, and I love how you did the glass tile back splash, it looks really well done.

  10. I love your checkered tile flooring! OMG! It's so beautiful! I've seen a lot of this in famous people's houses, and they're divine! I wish that I could have those tiles as well! I'm getting tired of our old bathroom tiles. It's starting to gross me out!

  11. Simple ideas can make a room just sparkle! Not that there is a lot of splash in a bathroom, but a simple, but elegant backsplash especially out of glass tiles makes it just beautiful!

  12. I think that glass tile from Toronto is so pretty! I just adds so much to a room. Such great ideas!