Looking For A Wow?
I have a few today; here is the first:
Is this amazing or what? Glass tiles are a wonderful material and they’re truly one of my personal favorites. As you can see in the picture above, glass opens up new ways to be creative. And glass tiles are often very colorful.
Not Just For Millionaires
Glass tile used to be really very costly, and much of it still is. But, you can find good glass tiles now for $5.00 – $10.00 per square foot. I know that’s still quite a bit, but this stuff is like Godiva chocolates, you don’t need to pig out to get some enjoyment!
One of the things I talk about often and really intend to focus on quite a bit is how to create an environment. I also talk about how to do more with less, especially in the current economy. Glass helps with that.
Glass Inspires a Feeling of Luxury
Even in small amounts glass tile can make you feel like you’re in an upscale resort! That’s what kind of environment I want to create! Don’t you? Look at this:
There is probably 150 square feet of glass in this bathroom, counting the shower, the counter, and the cool wrap around the mirror. If the cost was $3.00 per foot more than an alternative tile, you’re looking at $450.00 more in materials. Maybe less than that because glass tile usually does not need bullnose tiles at the edge, which can add substantially to the cost of a “normal” tile job. I think it’s worth the $$.
Just Do a Detail
Maybe you don’t want to rip out the whole shower! No problem, pick a small detail and try your luck with that.
This is a great way to start if you’re a part of our D.I.Y. Crew! Check out the tile around the mirror. Doesn’t that add some pizzazz! (not to change the subject, but now I want a pizza… I should have said it added flair!)
Anyway, back on point. A small job like this can be done in a total of maybe ten hours work max. Four or five on one day and a few on the next to grout it. Way cool!
You can apply a small amount of this directly on top of your drywall. You probably want to paint it with bonding primer first though.
Check with the tile supplier to make sure you’re using an adhesive that works well with glass tiles. Remember that the glass is transparent, so you want to keep the color of your setting material in mind. Don’t just grab the gray thin-set!
You Need Some Basic Tools
A notched trowel, some spacers, and good setting material are about all you need for a simple job like a mirror surround.
One thing to keep in mind is that glass is hard to cut, and REALLY hard to cut nicely. That’s why professional installation on this stuff can get pricy. You’re better off working out a layout that avoids cuts if you can.
Go Nuts with Color!
Glass is great about color. There are thousands of colors and the sheen of the glass makes them very vibrant.
Mix it In
One of my favorite tricks is to mix a few colored glass tiles in with either an all one color glass tile job, or into another material.
Like concrete! We’ll get into concrete counters and tables in the future, but just think about how a few small pieces of colored glass set into a concrete counter would look!
Nice color in this floor!
Make A Splash!
Glass tile makes a great wall splash!
How Creative Are You?
If you really want to get creative, this is the material for you. Maybe you want to make some waves:
The Grand Finale!
Look at this work of art:
You can do this! It may take you a few weeks of nights, but wouldn’t it be worth it? You can draw out the pattern on the wall with a pencil to help guide you. Usually a job like this is set one tile at a time. If you look closely, you can see that this artist has used slices of natural stone, like geodes, in the pattern. Cool. And this is a wet bar, so more glasses!
How Cool is THAT!?