Mark a vertical line through the center of the wall, from floor to ceiling, using your level and pencil. Mark a horizontal line along the bottom of the wall, up from the floor the height of one of your mesh-backed sheets of tiles (usually 1 or 2 feet). Add an extra ¼ inch to the height of the line.
Mesh-backed glass tiles are very small tiles (usually an inch square) that are pre-mounted on the mesh, properly spaced with one other. The mesh sheets are usually 1 square foot, allowing you lay tiles in groups instead of one by one. Mix and match tiles of different colors by cutting through the mesh between the tiles to form designs.
- Thinset mortar
- Notched trowel
- Mesh-mounded glass mosaic tiles (around 1 square inch each)
- Razor knife
- Tile nippers
- Unsanded grout
- Grout float
Spread thinset mortar along the base of the wall with a notched trowel, coming up past the horizontal line.
Press your first mesh sheet of glass tiles into place on the wall, below the horizontal line and alongside the vertical line. There should be a ¼-inch space at the bottom of the sheet, by the floor.
Hang the rest of the sheets on the bottom row off the first one, building your way sideways toward the walls. Cut through the mesh at the ends of the wall, between tiles, to get the sheets to fit right. Cut the individual tiles with tile nippers, if necessary.
Repeat the process for each row up, pressing the sheets to the wall at the center line and working your way outward. Space the sheets as far from each other as the individual tiles are spaced on the sheets, so you can’t tell where the various sheets end. Cut the mesh and, if necessary, the tiles at the ends. Cover the whole wall. Let the mortar set overnight.
Grout the tile with unsanded grout, spreading it on with a grout float from the top of the wall and working you way down. Press the grout into the lines between the tiles. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then wipe up the excess with a damp sponge. Let it set for 48 hours.
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