Let’s take a look at this installation. If you notice, the counters and cabinets below are completely covered. This really is imperative, you don’t want your newly installed cabinets or even existing cabinetry scratched or ruined. Also, you’ve probably just installed new counters, so you need to make sure those are properly covered too. The mastic and grout could possibly damage any type of counter. Bottom line, there just any reason to take a chance – you know the old saying – it is better to be safe than sorry!
So, we then get to laying out the tile. As you can see, the installer has laid out the “box” above the cooktop which is going to be the focal point and since this is the focal point, he wants a full piece of the border tile to start in the middle and then to work out. Your eye will always start in the middle, therefore always start in the middle and work out, don’t start in a corner and work in, you’ll end up in a disaster or what we call a “homeowner’s special”!
Since this was the only deco for this entire job, this is where the tile job started – by centering this “box” and working out from each side. Once the box is set, you can go to town!
Another factor to keep In mind is your plugs and switches. If you’re doing a beautiful backsplash, where are you going to put your plugs and switches? You definitely don’t want them to ruin your beautiful design – there are tons of options nowadays from very simple like you see here in this design where we’ve moved them up to just under the cabinets, to actually installing them in the bottom of the cabinets (more expensive), installing them in the counters (yes, more expensive for the outlets), they even have “pop up” outlets from the counters, there are strips of outlets that can run along the bottom of the cabinets – but then you still have to do something with the switches…lots of options. Just remember to plan this BEFORE you’re installing your tile!
One last suggestion…do not grout the tile to the counter…get color matched caulk and caulk that joint. It will move and in a very short time you’ll be scraping the grout out and caulking…so go ahead and caulk it now…you’ll be happy you did!