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Easy Marble Backsplash

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Jazz up a plain or peeling backsplash with florist marbles and a few simple supplies.
This decorative back splash was my solution to the peeling paint behind my kitchen sink. It was really simple and I just love the way it looks.

The window surround is not grouted and the windowsill was contoured using Plaster of Paris to make it look more like stone. This was painted over with the same color as my wall paint.

The beautiful stained glass was made by my mother-in-law, Carol Ofenstein.

Posted by ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) from Austin, Texas, United States • Published February 3, 2008 • See ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)'s 74 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Scrub off loose paint with a dry brush.

  • Step 2

    Using tile adhesive and marbles of your color choice (I used 5 bags from my local dollar store), apply in a pattern or design pleasing to you, leaving a small (about 1/4") gap between marbles.

  • Step 3

    Allow to dry according to label instructions.

  • Step 4

    Using fingertips (with latex gloves if you like), apply premixed grout. It only takes a small amount. This and the adhesive can be found in the flooring department of your local home improvement store.

  • Step 5

    Smooth grout until it fills all the gaps.

  • Step 6

    Following manufacturer's instruction, use a damp sponge to wipe grout from marbles.

  • How to make a tile. Easy Marble Backsplash - Step 7
    Step 7

    After proper drying time, apply a grout sealer, following manufacturer's instructions. It'll make your grout last longer and help it stay cleaner.

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Alanna K.
Alanna K. · 8 projects

woah, looks really awesome :)

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

They're the kind that are flat on one side. :)

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michelle r.
michelle r. · ayr, south ayrshire, United Kingdom

this looks fantastic!gonna try this in my kitchen.what kind of marbles did you use?were they completely round or flatter on one side?

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

Glad you like it. Good luck with yours!

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Janel F.
Janel F. · ,

Love this idea.... I might just try it on my own kitchen.... Thanks for the idea

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

Yay! I hope to see pictures when you do. :D

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Tammy C.
Tammy C. · Danville, Illinois, US, IL, US · 2 projects

I am so gonna try this

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

thanks!

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CO + K User

AWESOME

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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects

I'm so happy you're inspired! I'd love to see pictures when you're done.

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