If you want to create a unique and personalised backsplash for your kitchen there’s no better way than to do the job yourself, meaning that you have full control over the design.
Creating a pebble backsplash for your kitchen isn’t a difficult activity and if you have a couple of days to set aside for a project, this is a fun one.
The first thing you need to do is choose your pebbles. You could either source individual pebbles of a uniform size – which may be difficult, not to say time consuming – or you could opt for a pebble mosaic tile panel.
These come in all manner of sizes and designs and can be personalised to suit your design ideas; you could even get some of the mesh backing and create your own pebbled tile panels with the pebbles you’d already sourced, to make positioning them and securing them to the wall more straightforward.
Here we take a look at some examples to show the wide variety of these pebble tile panels.
The first is a lovely, natural stone in shades of lighter grey.
The next shows a range of colours and hues in polished stones.
The next is slices of stones polished to show the incredible patterns, colours and imperfections within the pebbles, all in different kinds of stone.
As you can see, there are so many different designs and different kinds of pebbles. You could even add in some glass beads, shells, semi-precious stones or unpolished stones to completely personalise the tile panels; the world is your oyster.
Once you’ve decided what kind of pebbles, and what design, you want to go for you need to prepare the wall that you’re going to cover.
Clean and lightly scrub the area with something like a sugar wash, to gently abrase the wall surface to be sure that your adhesive will securely hold to the surface.
Make sure that the wall is completely dry, then begin applying your adhesive – tile cement can be found in any hardware store, and usually comes with an applicator with grooved lines so that it creates a textured surface.
Apply your pebbles, or pebbled tile panels, to this adhesive – being sure to work in small areas so that the adhesive doesn’t dry before you have time to stick down all of your pebbles.
Once you’ve positioned your pebbles, and pressed them firmly into the adhesive, leave them to dry for as long as the directions state- usually a minimum of 24 hours.
Then apply grouting, being sure to really press it in between the pebbles, and wipe the excess from the stones with a damp cloth, smoothing the grouting as you go.
Leave this to dry – again, this will probably take 24 hours – and then you’re finished. One perfectly unique, personalised, DIY pebble backsplash.
Here are some examples of completed backsplashes.
You could pebble-tile the whole wall in the kitchen, as in this example.
Or perhaps you just want to place a pebble backsplash above the oven or sink.
Or maybe you want a short backsplash right the way around the kitchen units.
Whatever design you want, the method to create it is the same.