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A #DIY tutorial on how to make a mosaic backsplash by @lynneknowlton


Have you ever had an idea that hit you right between the eyes and you thought to yourself:

“I must do it*…I must do it*…..STAT.”



Do it.

Here’s some mosaic inspiration for you …..

You can put your funky ideas together … piece by piece.

Peace by piece.

As a blogger, we are saddled gifted with ideas becoming blog posts in our heads before we even do the freaking idea.

It just happens like that. You think in ‘blog posts’.

 It’s a bloggers disease bliss.   Bloggers elbow.

You think in blocks of bloggerness.

 E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g is a blog post.

Truth.  Gospel idiotic blogger truth.

Then….oh then… comes the blogstipation.  Suddenly, you have the ideas but the words won’t land on your computer keyboard.

As a blogger, you never want to waste a word.

Then, oh then ~ an idea that you thought would go viral, collects dust on your blogger shelf.  What a son of a bitch.  That’s not fair.  What up wit dat?

Next… An idea that you pulled out of your wahzoo becomes one of the most popular posts on your blog.   Wtf?  OMG.   I think I need a drink.

A #DIY tutorial on how to make a mosaic backsplash by @lynneknowlton

The mosaic backsplash was one of those ideas.  I didn’t really plan it.  I just did it.  I grabbed a crayon from the drawer one day and drew it.  I’m skilled with drawing stick men, so I figured this sketch was a no-brainer.  Somehow crayons are always in my drawers, even though all my kids stopped using them about a billion years ago.

 Everyone loved the mosaic backsplash  (including myself, surprisingly) for a very long time.

Like 10 years ~ long time.

Then I wanted to punch it in the head.

So I did.

This week, I smashed it to oblivion.  Not gonna lie, it felt pretty damn good.

A #DIY tutorial on how to make a mosaic backsplash by @lynneknowlton

Before I was a blogger, I was an insane mosaic artist.  Everything I saw had the potential to become a mosaic.

If something wasn’t moving, I mosaic-ed it.

I became a mosaic artist.  Mosaics were in my line of sight for forever years.   Like blogging now, all I could think about at the time was mosaics.   I ate and drank mosaics like it was nobody’s business.

I even had a pink suede tool belt {insert embarrassment} for my mosaic work.

Thankfully, I didn’t have a mullet too.

I had to draw the line somewhere.

The Mosaic Backsplash Project :

I wanted to create a backsplash with a total budget of $40.  No lie.  Forty bucks.

The whole shebang.

Big backsplash spender, huh?

 I know.  I know.

Champagne taste with a soda pop pocketbook.

Guess what ?! Now you can to do it too.

It’s epic. Give it a try!


1.   Tile : 

I went dumpster diving in the local tile shop dumpster.  Yes, I felt the need to save twelve dollars at the time. Wahhheird.  Another easy solution is to just walk into Home Depot or Lowes and buy your tile.  It’s a little less embarrassing too.  You can use any kind of tile, decorative jewellery, found objects, pebbles, river rocks….any kind of funkiness.  The sky is the limit.

A #DIY tutorial on how to make a mosaic backsplash by @lynneknowlton

2.   Tile adhesive

Tile adhesive looks like whipped cream.  Fluffy, white whipped cream.  Officially, you shouldn’t be dipping your fingers in that gnarly bucket ~ but I did.  It was easy.  My finger was already attached to my hand.  I didn’t have to go looking for that tool.

Note: It may LOOK like whipped cream, but it doesn’t taste like it.  Just sayin’.

3.   Hammer 

And a smashing good sense of humour.

4.    Safety Glasses

My hubs is Elmer the Safety Elephant when it comes to safety first. Whateves.  Let’s just pretend that I wore my ugly safety glasses.  But of course.  Dork.  I shut my eyes.  It worked.

5.   Bandaids ( self-explanatory)

I just told you that I skip the safety glasses, and I think that tile adhesive looks like whipped cream.  Nuff said.

6.   Cupcakes

You will need a sugar high to finish the job.



1.   Draw your pattern on the wall

This is where it gets technical.  Go find a marker. Or crayons.  Draw a SIMPLE pattern on your wall.  Remember that ceramic tile is a fairly large tile.  It is not dainty.  If you do an intricate pattern, you will go MAD.  I don’t want to do that to you.

 If it isn’t fun, don’t do it.

Remember the KISS rule =  Keep it simple stupid.

2.   Prepare your tile mosaic pieces 

Lay the tile face down on a soft surface (carpet mat, old  towel or cardboard box).  The front tile surface is less likely to break off or crack if you hit the backside of the tile with your hammer.  If you look in the photo below, you can see a chip in the tile.  Avoid that.  Clearly, I was dumb.  Once.

A #DIY tutorial on how to make a mosaic backsplash by @lynneknowlton

3.   Tile adhesive

Be careful …remember…tile adhesive looks like whipping cream.  Don’t be alarmed if you want to lick your finger.  You may be high from the scent of the adhesive and not thinking straight.

Keep calm and carry on.

You can use a technique called ‘back buttering’.  What that really means is to evenly distribute your adhesive individually on the back of each tile piece.   Just dip into the adhesive and glob some adhesive on the tile.  Not too much, not too little.  Be careful to keep your hands fairly clean as you work.  If you get excess adhesive on the front of the tile, you are going to be mad at yourself later.  Be sure to remove excess adhesive off of the front of the tile while it is still wet.

Easy – sneezy – breezy – wonderful you.

Work in small batches until you feel confident.  That could be by the year 2019.  Jokes.

4.  Pay attention to the edges of your pattern :

As you lay your tile into each area, be sure to follow the outer lines of your pattern/scene.   The inner pieces may be randomly placed, but you want those outer edges to be a clear outline or edge.  Be sure to do the outer edges of each section first.

5.  Cure for 48 hours

This will allow for strong adhesion of that tile to the wall before you get slap happy with the grout.

6.   Get ready for the scary part.  Evil grout. 

Grout always scares the bejesus outta me.

Mix your grout according to package directions.  Add water to the grout until it is the consistency of cake batter.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Take a sip of a very strong liquor. You will need it.

Work in small batches until you get comfy with it.  You can use a grout float to spread the grout.  I didn’t.  I stole the rubber gloves from under my sink and with a gloved hand, I dipped my hand into the grout bucket.

Spread the grout over a small manageable area of tile.  Get ready for a hot flash.  Take a deep breath.  Sip your liquor.

Let it dry for about 5 minutes or so and lightly wipe it off.  Don’t wipe it too hard.  You want that grout to set in between the cracks.  Wait for another 5 minutes and wipe again.  Repeat this process until your tile is as clean as a whistle.  A slight haze is okay.  You can buff again a little later.  Always wipe with a dry cloth or strong paper towel.  Always. Ignore the stupid box instructions that say to work with a damp sponge.  Talk about spreading the mess around with wetness.

Dry cloth method rules the roost.  Every. Single. Time.

7.  Sanded grout 

Lay plastic on your countertop for grouting. I prefer to work with sanded grout.  Why?  Because as you wipe the grout off of your project, it will fall like sand on to the plastic. It looks like beach sand aka island bliss.   When you are done, roll up the plastic and your work is done.  Tahhh dahhh ! Kitchen goddess extraordinaire.

8.    Invite your friends to come and admire your brilliance.

Encourage hand clapping, high fives and pats on the back.


You are officially a Grout Goddess (or Grout Maverick).

 Celebrate !

Got a question ? Ask it….

I promise not to punch you in the head or smash anything to smithereens.   Been there.  Done that.

Mi casa es su casa.

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  1. Pam says:

    Hi Lynne, I have been wanting to make a tile mosaic wall for years. I have skate and travertine into all sorts of rectangle patterns for a few kitchen back splashes but I want to tile behind a wood stove in a outdoor sauna we are building. I have tonnes of left over odds and ends of ceramic tiles from a builder on town. How do you find smashing ceramic and then trying to grout all the chips?

  2. Jen says:

    Hi there and thanks for your post…and the levity of it! As an amateur mosaic “crafter,” I have a lot of various leftover tiles. In your experience, can these be used for the backsplash? I’m thinking of grease splatter and cleaning, and perhaps it’s best to use leftover or dumpster dived kitchen tiles?
    Thanks again!


    • Hi Jen // and fello dumpster diver 🙂
      I have used various leftover tiles as a backsplash but if they have curves in them // uneven surfaces // different thickness, it definitely makes the job trickier. Left over kitchen tiles / or any smooth / flat tiles / with the same thickness, would be ideal.

      Hope that helps!!

  3. Jody lee says:

    I am impressed & inspired by you. Im an artist, trying to become blogger, broke as hell going to do mosiac kitchen backsplash. Do i use anything on wall before beginning? Do u ever do one one coaching?

  4. Your tips on how to make a mosaic backsplash is really awesome and on point. You can really play with your artistic side when doing mosaic backslpash designs. Really appreciate it thanks for sharing such innovative and inspiring post. Great job!

  5. Nice guide on how to make a mosaic backsplash for your kitchen renovation. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Linda Henley says:

    I would love to see all the photos on this page but some are not showing up. I LOVE this idea and want to do my own kitchen backsplash now!

  7. Rachel says:

    Grandiose thinking!! I have an oak desk that the back faces out into the room, it is 68″ long and 29″ high. Can I apply the mosaic directly to the back of the desk if I frame it first, I assume I would work from the bottom up. Thank you, oh this is going to be fun, even if my husband rolled his eyes!!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I love this idea! I also had a hoot reading your directions! Did you apply this over drywall? I’ve got some interesting ideas for a picture running through myind. Can’t wait to try this. Love your blog!

  9. Barbara says:

    I could not get any of your photos to open up. :

  10. Joan says:

    I loved your site! ???? this is what I needed! Inspiring! But alas I have no artistic talent just crazy ideas! And a “soda pop picketbook”. Need help! ????

  11. pga says:

    Destroyed all backlashes in daughter’ s and her husbands home just because it flooded for the first time I Lafayette la . so will take you lead. . beautiful. I have done many tile jobs construction wise , however your is an interesting way. Inspirational. Pga

  12. Simone Adler says:

    Hi: I followed your fun instructions and made a mosaic back splash behind my stove. I haven’t grouted it yet, but was just happy to see that it hadn’t all fallen off last night…so grouting tomorrow. I went to a Restore (home improvement store that has cast offs and cheap, cheap treasures) and got tiles and some kind of spreading tool. I did not buy the funky cast off table I thought I could also mosaic–thank god. Didn’t use tool, liked your idea of just putting the adhesive on directly, used a small coated infant spoon to spread it thinking less on fingers. Shockingly, I didn’t eat the whipped cream type paste off the spoon like the peas, squash and carrots of the past. My youngest is 11 so why do I still have a drawer of baby feeding supplies??? Next project. I went with random blacks, grays, whites and first just did the border and then filled in. Here are a few things I learned: I used a pilllow case and put tiles in, went to driveway and smashed away color by color and put pieces in separate ice cream buckets (project two: why do I have at least 10 ice cream buckets in my basement?). Then I put up the border and randomly began to fill in. All went well at first, then I either got bored, distracted by family needs or didn’t drink (mistake) and as the day wore on I needed to fill with small pieces and tried to smash on the kitchen counter. Driveway works much better, but I did get some looks from neighbors as they heard tile smashing. I wanted to shout bad words and pretend it was a domestic issue…but I didn’t. Anyway, I don’t love the small pieces I ended up jamming in randomly, but I think it will look better when grouted. If I ever move the stove, I will need a tutorial on back splash removal so I should have thought of that. Otherwise, here are my nuggets of learned knowledge:
    1)pillow case works great to break tiles inside on driveway surface
    2) keep colors sorted in buckets and lay out pieces you like
    3) should have covered stove top before laying pieces on top
    4)don’t cook a turkey while creating (what are the odds that I had defrosted one before thinking and then had to cook the beast in between creating).
    5) Learn to ignore less than fabulous feed back from family…yeah it looks OK.
    6) Send pictures to friends that you like and they will send back nice comments even if they think it looks garish.
    7) Why is Kathleen’s comment below from 2:27 AM? She must be having DIY sleep issues.

  13. Kathleen erikson says:

    I was wondering, could I use stoneware plates to break to make a mosiac wall picture? Love your ideas!

  14. Steve Smith says:

    I like your idea using discarded pieces of tile. One persons waste is another’s treasure. My concern with tile or rock is it’s uneven and in some cases I would imagine, porous which could stain. After all, isn’t the purpose of a backsplash to be a surface that’s attractive yet easy to maintain?

    So, I would like to run my idea by you before I get into it and would love your feedback. I do stained glass as a hobby and am also working on a HUGE project our community has going at our local Catholic church. I’m not Catholic but that doesn’t matter as I am a craftsman and it is a legacy that will endure way beyond my lifetime and reflects many universal beliefs. (the entire project is volunteer) With 166…..yes, that’s one hundred and sixty six windows of various sizes, we have a TON of glass remnants that are just begging to be used in something….like a mosaic. I like the idea of glass since it is pretty consistent in thickness and is nonpourous although some of it does have texture to it. My concern is how well will it adhere since it isn’t pourous. I would think that liquid nails would hold it especially since no piece is going to be very big. I also saw the comment about using pieces of a mirror and the concern with the sharp edges…..a valid one I have experience with but have a glass grinder that I can take that edge off with.

    Grout works well and looks good with tile but I’m not sure about using it with glass, especially since it is much thinner than typical tile. Is grout necessary or is there some other material that would fill in the cracks and be as durable?

    I’m also thinking about doing small panels that can then be installed like a larger piece of tile. It would be easier since I will be using pretty small pieces of glass.

    I’m looking forward to the fun part which is taking a huge variety of colors and textures and making them into something. I’m thinking I will let the glass speak to me and let it tell me what it wants to be…..in other words…..let it design the life it wants to be. LOL

  15. Creating your own design, ideas around the house specially the working place, I mean the kitchen make us feel wonderful., The mosaic glass splashback is very lovely.

  16. rina says:

    Hi. Love your blog and mosaic!
    I REALLY want to do it in my house but I’m intimidated by the sticking of the tile and grout process! UGH! Do I put the adhesive on little by little while I’m putting up the design? Will it dry if I’m not fast enough? Did you lay out tile design first so you are not looking for pieces? Sorry for all my questions. I really want to do this
    Thanks, Rina

    • Hi Rina,

      Luuuurve that name!

      Okay, you can do it a couple of different ways. The easiest, no intimidating way is to put the adhesive on bit by bit. Tile adhesive is meant to STICK to the wall right away, so no worries there. It is like spreading thick whipping cream that is sticky. Wait. Did that sound gross? LOL.

      I drew the pattern first, then smashed the tiles to bitties, and then glued them on one by one like a puzzle. You can make it up as you go 🙂

      Lynne xx

  17. Rebecca says:

    What is your thought if I was to mount luan before mosaicing my back splash…. Just in case I get bored with it after a while? Outlets already have allowance for depth of tile.
    Then my dry wall wouldnt get distroyed when I remove and can afford to tile.

    • Hi Rebecca,

      I don’t know what luan is, but I like your thinking. You could make a board with a mosaic, and then when you want to remove it, you could just remove it.

      Love that idea!
      Lynne xx

  18. barb brandt says:

    I changed my idea but glad I made someone laugh. A man came here to my house pertending to be a contractor — I say pretending because he was very much preoccupied with my physiotomy(part not to mention here). Immediately I knew he was an imposter and served him the very worst coffee I could make — spiced up a little with chilli powder. He still did not leave. What a moron. Looked him up online and evidently is one of those people who invest in old houses around my local college. It appears he is also the owner of a young girl’s soccer club. I can hardly wait to drop in to see his wife. Meanwhile my creative juices have far exceeded the horror of my 1926 house. I am writing a collection of comic relief as my true self is revealed as a recluse living in Upper Black Eddy (where I did actually live) and learns that through the miracles of unspoken language, can communicate with a mouse named Chester. Chester’s ar arch enemy is a bat that lives in my landlord”s door frame and torments “the rodent” Chester actually did exist and used to come into my rental and sit on my cable while I watched TV. He lived in my heater room, slept in an old coat pocket in a storage closet and road around in my car. He had a bed on my battery and I learned this when he was cliniging to my windshield wiper on the way to my job in Princeton. He was not invited in but he did ride back with me and my boss at the time contributed some comments. The story is a constant delight of laughter, something I can illustrate with old photos from the 1920′ from my family and of couse, a great way to waste time and not fix the old house that I now hate and do not want.want.

  19. jay says:

    You can set mosaic tile over any existing media as I do this for a living.

    Drywall section at Lowes or Home Depot pick up a roll of mesh drywall tape ( not the paper tape ) and a can of spray adhesive or a tube of liquid nails and spray or lightly brush the area you are working with. Cut small strips of the mesh and press on area, wipe with heavy wet sponge, overnight dry time. Ready to tile.

  20. Cashel says:

    I love this idea.!!!. i want to do a mosiac with broken pieces of mirror, will the grouting cover up all of the sharp edges?

    • Hi Cashel,

      I am soooooo long in replying to your message. My apologies.

      For some reason, I didn’t see the comments in this blog post until today.

      I have used mirror in my mosaics, and yes the grout did cover the sharp edges. The secret is to keep the mirror as flat as possible and level, so that there are no pointy edges sticking up.

      Lynne xx

      • Rachel says:

        I’m also thinking of doing the same thing. I currently have wood paneling can I do it on top of the paneling?

        • Hi Rachel,
          I wouldn’t typically mosaic over anything unless it is a super solid surface. Paneling can warp etc.

          Your mosaic is only as good as the substrate that it is glued to. If that fails, the whole mosaic fails.

          Lynne x

  21. Maggie McCann says:

    If you don’t wipe off the adhesive(thinset) before it dries, how do you get it off?
    If your tiles are different heights, are there any special instructions for grouting?

    • Hi Maggie,
      I somehow didn’t see your comment until now. I missed a few on this blog post. Drats, sorry ’bout that.

      Did you get your adhesive off?

      If the tiles are different heights, it makes it quite tricky for grouting. I wear rubber gloves and apply the grout by hand and smooth it between the tiles to fill in the gaps.

      I hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  22. Teri Bussman says:

    This is spectacular, what a gal, you “should ” be very proud of yourself. We live in a Rental home and the kitchen cabinets were “Pink” when we moved in……I wasn’t living with that. Now there gray!
    I need backsplash, and like you were are on a very tight budget, my husband is a disabled vet. So, yes, I am, going to do a mosaic backsplash, I’m a little artsy…so I am going to follow your site…. And will send you a pic.of the completed project. I ‘m off to find some tile, or broken dishes……see you soon…..?And THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  23. Anthony Palmisano says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I have a quick question for you. Can you do mosaic over a formica backspash? that is what i have right now.

    Love your site!


    • Hi Anthony,

      I think it would be best to remove the formica if you can, purely for adhesion reasons. The only time a mosaic will ‘fail’ will be because of adhesion to the substrate. If you can’t remove it, then I would go to your local tile shop and ask if they have an adhesive that would work.

      I hope that helps!

    • Barb Brandt says:

      My webpage will be entitled: “How not to buy and fix and old house” –
      I have been fixing a house built in 1926 for 14 years. I have learned what I need to know and will not live long enough to learn. I have hired friends of friends. I have hired imposters, liars, monsters and learned lots of what they don;’t know. Perhaps my webpage should be what I learned because I was to stupid to know what I did not know. I am now going to install a mosaic wall in my kitchen which has been gutted and has neat paneling and pantry and lights that I paid to have installed but the SOB took out the wiring and left. they are pretty anyway. I am an art therapist and this is not therapeutic but I have been saving ancestor plates, broken and gorgeous anyway and this will be a fun thing (I hope). I need a break from worry and sleepless nights and have decided to take up meditatoin to prolong my life. Revenge and plotting evil deeds destroys the soul. So, thank you so much for your mosaic info. And thank you for the profanity.;

      • Hi Barb!
        How did I miss seeing your comment until now? Errrhmergerd, it’s awesome!!

        You should be a writer AND an art therapist. LOL!! Start that blog! :)))

        You crack me up!
        Lynne xx

  24. Leslie says:

    I’m thinking of redoing my backsplash and found your project. Wow. Beautiful. So my question is, what sort of prep for the wall do I need? Do I have to remove the existing tiles? I can’t just tile over them, can I? It looks like you adhered your tiles to the existing drywall. Any help is much appreciated.

    • Hi Leslie

      Ya know, I tried to cheat and do the same thing. LOL. I wanted to just tile over my existing backsplash. I’m really glad that I didn’t. It was a hot mess for a while, but we ripped it out and then put up new drywall. It made for a super easy way to adhere the new tile to the wall. If you want to do a pattern, the new drywall is great for just drawing your pattern on to as well.

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  25. Bb says:

    If putting this back drop behind a stove too, would you put some kind of sealer to protect from grease splatters? What kind?

  26. Joanna says:

    I have the same question as the last person who left a comment: Did you use different color grout with each section? Or did you color the grout after it dried thoroughly?
    Beautiful job, by the way!

    • Hey Joanna,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I had somehow missed Kelly’s comment, and you let me know. Woot woot ! THANKS.

      Yes, I did use different colours of grout for this particular project. It made things a bit more complicated because I had to tape things off and also allow for different drying times as I did each colour.

      If I had to do it again, I think I would stick with one colour. It is just as beautiful.


      Lynne xx

  27. Kelly says:

    Love the blog…quite a witty lady, you are. (Yoda-like I am speaking–don’t know why!)
    With a mosiac project in mind, I have been hoarding broken pottery for about ten years. Not so long ago, we redid the kitchen after a house-fire (turned out to be a MAJOR blessing for our 115 year old home). Now it’s time to use those expensive scraps from all our careless dish-handling (I shudder to think of the cost…but yay for repurposing and my scary hoarding tendencies).
    With my handy-hot-husband, I’ve got most of the technical stuff handled, or at least he will, But…In your example, it seems you used different colored grout to match the colors in each design area. Is this so, and how did you achieve that awesomeness?
    Additionally…can you share any tips on using actual not-so-consistently-thick pieces of real handmade pottery instead of tile bits? I love the idea of posibly incorporating rocks, shells, handles of bowls, etc, but I worry about sharp edges and uneven depth of the mosiac bits. I have read suggestions of tumlbling the mosiac bits, or grinding the edges, Or even sanding them…but I am clueless on this. Any advice in general would be appreciated.

    • Hello Kelly,

      Sorry for the late reply. I missed your comment somehow… How could I? It’s a great one !

      Yes, I did use different colours of grout for each section. If I had to do it again though, I think it would be just as fab to go with one colour.

      Uneven bits: Generally, when I do a mosaic I try to stick with pieces that are similar in depth so things are even. The sharp edges can be a problem. Having said that… I have also done mosaics with one style of tile/glass and then added in extra bits of cosmetic jewelry and all that jazz. It is possible to do, but it is more for an advanced mosaic artist.

      I hope that helps !!
      Lynne xx

  28. Pam Chambers says:

    I would love ideas on ocean scenery, palm trees, beach. Mixed w/glass tiles & pebbles. (it’s a backsplash for my kitchen, it’s long but the height is only 16 inches). Thanks!

  29. Josie says:

    I’m planning a mosaic made out of a broken mirror on a wood surface. Have you ever used any other adhesive than the one you mention in the above post? I want to use Elmer’s glue and am wondering if you think that’s a good idea.

    • Hello Josie,

      I definitely wouldn’t recommend Elmer’s Glue. It doesn’t have the strength or durability for this project.

      The only other glue I have used is WELDBOND. It’s fantastic for mosaic projects. What you need to keep in mind is that the wood you are gluing to will not bend or warp. Whenever the base of a project changes, that is when a mosaic fails and pops off.

      If you have a pattern, you can lay the paper pattern on the table, then put clear thick plastic over top, then add a layer of mosaic mesh.

      Glue your pieces on to the mosaic mesh with the weldbond glue. When the mosaic is complete, you can glue it on to your wood with tile adhesive or mortar and then grout.

      If it is a small indoor project with lightweight tile, you could get away with just using weld bond if the wood is definitely dry and solid. Always allow it a minimum of 2 days to cure before you grout it.

      It is tempting to grout earlier 🙂

      Happy Mosaic~ing !


  30. Shawn Waldrop says:

    Looks great! I am getting ready to redo a backsplash for a house we are selling. Never thought about the idea of a mosaic, but it might be a quick, easy, and CHEAP way to do GIT R DONE. Especially with all the tile manufacturers in the Dallas area. Broken tile paradise!

    One question: With a mosaic, how do you account for the outlets? Did you do anything differently than a normal tile backsplash? OK, that was 2 questions….

    Thanks for the info. Looking forward to the reply. Going dumpster diving now!

    – Shawn

    • Hi Shawn

      How’d the dumpster diving go?! I’m envious. The only thing I am diving into right now is a snow bank in Ontario 🙂 It is not nearly as much fun. ha!

      Yes, with the outlets… you do the same thing as you would with a regular backsplash tile. Just tile (mosaic) around them and put your plate over top when you are done.

      Send me photos when you are done ! I’d love to see it !!

      Lynne xx

  31. Dawn says:

    I remodeled my bath room and took out an old enamel tub(.HEAVY) and have decided to make it into an planter. Tto cover the rusty enamel I thought of doing a mosaic I know it’s a big job and lots of tiles, I should also mention this will be my first attempt, yes I know it’s a lot for a first timer no, I am not crazy maybe a little…… So my question, what would you suggest design wise and should. I do it on a mesh first.
    Thanks for taking the time to give some direction.

  32. Judy Carlisi says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! I have a very dorky plain backsplash in my redone kitchen and the tiles I found to make my mosaic are just waiting in the shed. You must try stucco is you like goop. It is like icing the vertical side of a cake. Very fun.

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  34. Kim says:


  35. […] changed the backsplash since this photo was taken.  You can read about the smashing story  the original mosaic backsplash here if you would like to make your own backsplash too.  More on that […]

  36. Hey Lynne! Thanks for the free tutorial. The mosaic is really gorgeous! we have spare tiles in the garage I may use it (breaking into pieces)….

  37. Jess says:

    Lynne, I need rule mosaic in my life in a bad way. You honestly make this task seem easier than choosing curtains. I’m going to try it. In my free time. Which may be in 2029. Though I hope it’s sooner. The wall behind my stove is screaming to be backslapped. I mean back splashed. I see a Friday night project in my near future. And, I will heed your advice and keep a drink within reach. Thank you for this lovely idea. Xxooo Jess / @busymommabee

  38. Therese says:

    Pinned and followed on pinterest! That mosaic tile job is amazing. I’d love to see what you can do with tiles like these too http://www.glasstilestore.com/shop-by-colors-now/white.html?p=2

  39. Wow that mosaic looks fabulous, well done! What a fun post too – thanks for the tutorial! I’ve got this linked to my DIY backsplashes post too today!

  40. Case Indy says:

    Your blog is so much fun. Thanks for sharing your humor and in home bravado! The mosaic tiling looks great. What a super way for homeowners to personalize their space!

    • Thanks so much for the blog *blush* compliments! I see that you are in the similar industry. It’s a great way to have some fun & pull your hair out at the same time. LOL.

      • Case Indy says:

        Yes, in fact we have our own home remodeling blog. Do you ever accept guest articles from others? I’d be happy to send you something your readers might enjoy….though I cannot guarantee the writing would be quite as fun as yours Lynne!

  41. connie says:

    I love the mosaic….Just have to think of a spot to add one…… By the way, I found your blog while looking for hanging door ideas…. those are fabulous. Definitely a follower now…. AND just to add interest, I saw Colin and Justin shopping at the Home Sense in Burlington last year….. watching everyone watch them (and the items they were checking out) was fun in itself.

    • Connie

      You lucky hawt diggity dawg !

      You live near homesense in Burlington? Seriously, one of my fave places on earth. I could live in there. Do you think they would notice me jumping up and down on their beds?

      Colin and Justin must have been a hoot to watch in the store !!

      Ahhhh shucks, thanks for following my blog. *happy dance*.

  42. Tracie says:

    OMG Lynne, I am soooo excited! Thank you so much for this posting, well worth the wait!! I might have to have some cupcakes and strong drinks BEFORE I get started for energy, but I thank you for the inspiration…….. I’ve had awesome out-of-town visits from friends and family and over-nights with grandkids the past two weeks that have left me feeling pleasantly drained, but thanks to you I feel I’ve been rejuvenated……..You totally rock!!! Now, create or copy–that is the question 😉

    • Ha !! To the worlds most patient blog reader… Tracie ~!! … I dedicate this blog post to you !!!!!

      Bust out the cupcakes and hard liquor and create or copy. I think all ideas start from an inspiration somewhere. I don’t think it is copying… it is inspiring to get the jump start idea from somewhere. Go for it !!

      Thanks for your epic patience. xx

  43. Yetunde says:

    It looks fan-freekin-tastic!

    • Thanks Yetunde ! P.S. I am so loving your avatar photo !! I love your hair !!! Can I have it? Can I have it ? LOL. My hair is a mix of fuzz ball with straight as a stick. I look like a hobo when I don’t brush it. haha ! Kisses, Lynne

  44. lisa thomson says:

    Lynne, I hve no intention of ever making a mosaic back splash. Ever. But I read your post from start to finish and laughed o.l. Yes, out loud. You can make anything entertaining! BTW, your backsplash is gorgeous!! Thx for making me smile, as usual.

    • Thanks Lisa !!
      Too funny… it was a real challenge to write that post because I officially hated the backsplash after all that time of loving it. I had to find my happy mojo about it again. LOL. Thanks for noticing. PS. I have been sending friends to your site (they are divorcing) and they have been loving it. Thank YOU for that !! xx

  45. Kevin R says:

    I like the end result ! Look forward to mustering enough ‘courage’ to do something similar to this ! Thanks, Lynne !
    Rgds… Kevin…

    • I promise, Kevin. It is a snap to do. Hard liquor does help :).

      You wouldn’t believe how many frustrations are smashed when you hammer all that tile. Boys love to smash things with hammers, don’t they ? LOL

  46. Sandi says:

    I wait in great anticipation. Let’s plan the backsplash unveiling party — with lots of wine, cheese for you and pour moi, I will have the crackers!

    hugs xo

    • Ha Sandi !
      You better get over here next week ! It’s almost done. Wooohooo !!
      ps. All the easter mini eggs are gone. You better bring some of those for the party too. LOL. xx

    • Thanks so much Pamela. Wait until you see the ‘new backsplash’ !!

      After a demolition disaster of epic proportions … it is finally looking dreamy 🙂 Whew.

      Lynne xx

  47. Rose says:

    brillant!!! And love the hat Betty…

    • Hey Ronny (aka Rose)

      I thought you would love the hat. The purple hat society LOL.

      Visiting soon? Or are you waiting for the treehouse snow to melt ?

      Big love,
      Betty (aka Lynne xx)

      • Dana says:

        Love your work absolutely beautiful!
        Could you please give me some tips on doing a mosiac mirror backsplash???
        How do I prevent sharp edges?
        Any tips and as many tips that you can give on mosiac mirror backsplash???