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RE: Can you show me you tile counter tops? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: native_tx on 08.16.2007 at 11:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

You have lighthouses, I have mermaids. Still a beachy theme. LOL.

My tile countertops are old but I still love them. If I was doing new tile countertops, I would definitely use larger tiles, perhaps as big as 12x12. My current tiles are 3x3, possibly an old pool tile. My grout is a dark teal and in need of a good cleaning at the moment, but otherwise has been easy to maintain. My tile installer tells me he can use a heavy duty cleaner and they will look like new again (the countertops are 20+ years old!). A good sealer and they should be no more trouble to maintain than other surfaces that require sealing.

I am now trying to pick tile for a new backsplash to start at countertop level and go to the bottom of the cabinets. I'm looking at some of the Oceanside glass tiles mixed with a ceramic field tile close to the cabinet color.

There are so many blue and green glass tiles that you should be able to find something spectacular. Lots of the irridescent tiles have a golden cast that would play off your cabinet color nicely.




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RE: Tiling bathroom counter top (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: shaughnn on 05.11.2007 at 09:47 am in Bathrooms Forum

Remember also that the "face" of the counter top will also need to be isolated from the plywood by either tacking a narrow strip of backerboard or wrapping the plywood edge with Schluter's KERDI-band. KERDI-band is installed the same way DITRA is installated and should lap under the DITRA.
Best of luck,
Shaughnn

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Tiling bathroom counter top

posted by: remodeling on 05.10.2007 at 01:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

For a 30"x22" counter top, can the tiles be thin set directly onto the plywood or should it be done like the floors with a layer of backerboard or Ditra? in between?
Thanks...

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