Today I have the best story about my sister's basement to share!!
But first I want to introduce you to a product I love called Bondera.
I've mentioned it before when we used it on Nana's fireplace here.
You use it in place of the mastic when adhering your tile.
(It can also be used for various craft projects.)
It cost about $40 a roll at Lowe's. It really is easy to use and saves you lots of time and cleanup. It can be installed on any smooth stable surface like drywall, plywood, laminate, Formica or old tile. You just measure, cut, peel and stick.
If I could give one most important piece of advice it would be to spray your scissors with cooking oil. Saves lots of sticky time later.
(I may be speaking from experience.)
You can then stick the tiles to the Bondera and grout immediately, but you must grout within 8 hours.
If you need to they claim you can re-position your tiles for up to twenty minutes.
While working on my sisters basement we decided to use Bondera to install the tile on her back splash.
Arlene and I had picked out these tiles a few months earlier and were very excited to to get them up.
We measured and cut our Bondera, and then stuck it to the wall. That was an easy step. After it was all in place we began to place our tile, until every space was filled with the lovely glass tiles. This step also went very quickly and easy.
What do you think?
Just in case you think every project in blog land turns out PERFECT, I'm here to set you straight!! Look closely at the following collage and you might question,
"Are they putting that tile up or taking it down?"
I could say we were just testing to see if you could really repositition the tile!
Yes, you can take the tile down and it is still sticky enough to re-stick it. Unfortunately we just took it down, because as soon as we finished the very last piece of glass tile we both hated the way it looked.
The problem was the granite like counter top her husband had picked out did not go with the tile. The two were competing with each other an it was just way to busy.
So instead of grouting, we ripped it all down.
Crazy I know!!!!
You can reposition tiles, but that Bondera is stuck to the wall, there was no moving it.
(Which is good to know your tile job is not going anywhere once in place.)
Had we used mastic I'm not so sure taking our tile job down would have been so easy.
What to do now!!
After some quick thinking, we cut bead board to fit the back splash and stuck it in place using the Bondera. It worked great. After a little caulk in the corners and a paint job it all turned out OK.
I'll show you the end result the room reveal.
Would I recommend Bondera?
Yes I would.
In fact I have another project planned in my girls bathroom using Bondera.
I think it lives up to it's claims. It is a time saver and defiantly easier way to tile.
Just make sure you pick out the right tile!!
(I know where you can get a great deal on some slightly used glass tile!!)
Here's a picture of Nana's fireplace that we used Bondera on, just so you can see how it turns out when you leave the tile in place and grout!!
What project would you like to tackle with Bondera?
Well it's your turn to try.
Just to make it easier Bondera gave me a free roll for one of my readers!!
Are ya excited?
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