Making A Backsplash From Glass Pebbles

The space behind the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom is not a space that you think about a lot. It is often overlooked. However, making an interesting backsplash for it can give your kitchen or bathroom just the right touch of enhancement to your decor. It does not take much to make this small improvement. One easy way to do this is by making a backsplash from glass pebbles.

Perhaps you fear that a project like this is labour intensive. It is really not as hard as it looks. The advantage to using pebbles is that you do not have to be as accurate as when you are laying out a backsplash using tile. Using glass pebbles is much more forgiving. Here are some simple instructions on making an attractive backsplash using glass pebbles.

Materials

First, assemble all of the materials and tools that you will need. Your basic materials will be:

– Glass pebbles. You can find these at your local craft store. Sometimes you can find them in the artificial floral department of your big-box mass merchant or at your home center. The glass pebbles come in different sizes and colors. If you have a color theme in mind, stay with that color, but use different tones of the same color. You can even make a subtle pattern using different color pebbles.

– Clear tile mounting sheets. These are sticky on one side. These will help you in your layout.

– Tile mastic. Use white because that will show off the color of your glass pebbles much better.

– Tile grout

– Grout sealer

– A trowel

– Rubber tile float

– A large sponge

– A soft rag

Preparation

Your wall needs to be cleaned thoroughly. This space probably has residue from soaps, detergents, grease, toothpaste, etc. Use a damp sponge and clean the wall well. Allow the wall to dry thoroughly.

The mounting sheets will need to be cut to size. It is advisable not to use a sheet that is longer or wider than 12 inches. Any sheet larger than that will be difficult to handle when it is laden with glass pebbles. Cut enough to fill the wall space that you want to work on.

Laying Out Your Pebbles

Lay out a mounting sheet with the sticky side up. Get your glass pebbles, and start to lay them on top of the sheet, one at a time. If the pebbles have a flat side and a round side, the round side should be pressed against the sheet so the flat side is facing you. Press down each pebble firmly to ensure that it sticks. Continue to fill the sheet with pebbles. Work all the way to the edges of the sheets. If you leave room on the edge of the sheet, you will get an unsightly gap in your end results.

If you are working with a pattern, remember that you are laying out the mirror image of your pattern. Continue until you have all of your mounting sheets filled. Lay out your sheets in front of you in the order that they will be applied to the wall.

Applying the Pebbles to The Wall

Spread a layer of mastic onto your wall using a trowel at an angle. Just spread it over a small area first because you do not want the mastic to dry out before you can apply the pebbles.

Carefully pick up a pebbled sheet, and apply it to the wall with the mounting sheet facing you. Press firmly. Spread mastic to the space next to it and apply another sheet of pebbles. Repeat until you have covered the wall area for your backsplash. Allow the mastic to dry several hours or overnight. When the mastic has dried thoroughly, remove the mounting sheets.

Finishing Up

Use the rubber float and apply a layer of grout onto the surface of glass pebbles. Apply enough to fill in the crevices between the pebbles. Let the grout set for about a half hour, then use a damp sponge to wipe off any stray grout from the surface of the pebbles. Let the grout completely dry.

After the grout has completely dried, use a soft rag to buff the glass pebbles to make them shine. Apply a grout sealer. Your backsplash is finished. If you want your pebbles delivered you can buy them online at Recycled Glass Ulster.