No matter how hard you try, there will be some space between the tiles, even though you may not see it. But of course, you should never stand or sit on stone countertops. I was thinking about doing the seams with clear epoxy or something. Mark all of the ends of the countertops and snap chalk lines to mark the back edges of the front row of tile. Predrill and screw the plywood to the blocking and cabinet fronts with 1-5/8 in. This should work given the limited clearance to the washer and dryer.

Make a test cut, then remove the tile and make sure the bevel is even.

San Francisco Marble Tile Countertop Polishing Grout Cleaning

Using drywall screws and an electric drill, countersink screws every eight to ten inches to secure the backer board to the plywood. Score and snap the tile backer to fit flush with the plywood edges.

Correct, marble is not a good choice for a kitchen countertop. I will support it on the bottom with an angle iron or a 1×4 shelf, pulled back 3/8′ from the edge so that it is not seen. Then add as many tiles as required to cover wider peninsulas or islands and subtract for cooktops, stoves, sinks or other built-ins. The plywood seems to be sagging in the middle, not fully supporting the weight of the marble slab. I am presently looking into the different ways of edging this product.

Marble Tile Countertop No Grout

Stephanie shows step-by-step proceedures to demo old kitchen tile , install plywood and cement board, install a new granite tile

But certainly you need adequate support for the sink and all the activity that occurs around a sink. He really liked the monolithic look of it compared to 1/8″ or 1/4″ groutlines. Marble belongs on a specialty piece that doesn’t have to stand any wear and tear.

The most common reason 3 cm is installed is for the wider edge profile, which is much more common for kitchen countertops. Then remove all of the lower cabinet drawers and doors and cabinet contents. Kyle, you should install some sideways 2×4 or metal cross bracing under the plywood that extends from wall to wall at or near the front and again half way back of the countertop. It is normal to see a large crack that is visible on both sides of marble? Of course, you can sand down a sample and compare and then sand and apply the enhancer to one sample to see how that looks. It’s a bit difficult to get a good polish on the exposed cut side of the top tile, but there’s a couple things you can do. Granite slabs are widely popular and are the dream of many homeowners; however, they are luxuries to many, as they can be quite costly. If you can’t find a shaped edge tile to go with your counter, wood is a good option. When this is paired with the large tile above, only a single grout line is needed from the front to the back of a standard counter. Lay out the tiles, and separate them 1/16 inch with spacers. Fix it in place with construction adhesive, then easily wipe off cooking grease and splatters. When going over about 6 inches of overhang with 2 cm slab proper support is required. To make the tile surface look more like a slab of granite, use the thinnest spacers you can find. Mix thinset according to manufacture’s instructions and begin adhering each tile from the bottom up in a running bond pattern. While all of the tools are at your fingertips, consider tiling adjoining walls. The marble counter top fabricator/installer did not glue the marble down to the plywood and put a tile backsplash around the marble. Anchor the tape with a thin layer of thinset, embedding it with a putty knife. Rest the jig on a flat table and clamp a tile to the angled jig surface with the bottom of the tile resting on the tabletop. With the stove or refrigerator pulled out, it’s easy to hang counters too far so appliances won’t fit back into their homes between the new countertop edges. You need a completely solid and stable base for the marble slab. A trim piece (“skirt”) of either wood or granite will be installed on the outside edge of the countertop after the granite tiles are in place. But, if you have an abundant “free” supply of marble slabs, then the pros may outweigh the cons in this case. Replace the tiles one at a time, pressing firmly to work them into the mortar.

Smart choices in tile selection and installation options will give you a work surface that can handle just about anything. Spread a thin layer of mortar over the backerboard with the even edge of the trowel, and then texturize the mortar with the notched side of the trowel. Spread grout across the tiles with the grout float, taking care to work it into the spaces between the tiles. A powdered colorant added prior to mixing the plaster makes a mottled look; a waterproof sealant finishes the job.

Very narrow 1/32″–1/16″ grout lines are also nice looking and easy to install, by comparison. Setting real stone tiles in mortar or sand is mind-crunching work. We want something that looks nice, is durable, easy to keep clean and doesn’t cost as much as your first car. If you need to cut bevels on narrower pieces like at countertop ends, mark those tiles during layout and cut them before cutting the tiles to width. Then put 3/4″ ply wood sheeting over the base and the marble on top of that with a 1 inch overhang. This is by far the trickiest method because it takes skill to freehand consistent edges with a right-angle grinder. Its also difficult to set each tile with no thinset purging through the joints that will keep the tiles apart. Unless you plan on doing jumping jacks on your vanity, 2 cm is fine. Again, mix a batch of thin-set mortar to a peanut-butter consistency. Many cleaning products damage the cultured marble finish – very limiting. If not and especially if the sink is a heavy porcelain or ceramic, then a little extra support under the plywood wouldn’t hurt. Granite tile gives you the appearance of a solid-stone slab at one-third the cost. Allow thinset to set up overnight before starting the nosing. Installing new cabinets with granite counter top (2cm) over our peninsula it will have a 10″ over hang, we used 3/4″ plywood, is this sufficient strength to support overhang which is about 6′ long? I’ve read the advice and caution against installing marble kitchen countertops. But if you want to take more time, it may be worth buying a saw, especially if you plan on tiling floors or perhaps a bathroom in the future. So start at inside corners and work your way towards the countertop ends. I recently had a 3/4″ carrara marble slab with an 1 1/8″ mitered edge installed over my washer and dryer. The downside of this method is that you won’t be able to finish your counters for several days while you’re waiting for the fabricator to finish. While you can’t score and snap it like ceramic tile, it cuts easily on a conventional diamond tile saw.

This will eliminate the grout line/seam right at the edge making for a cleaner and stronger edge. Would you please suggest what is the best way to install this for both beauty and the assurance of not having my counter tops leaking through and causing a problem later.

But the long and short is that marble countertops are not recommended for the kitchen. Marble is sensitive to acids like coffee, wine, juice, etc. A minimum grout line of 1/16 inch is required or you’ll have problems. So you want the edge to stick out 3/4″ from the counter. Mortar over the tape and then swipe off the excess with the trowel so that the surface is smooth. Large expanses of granite slab are stunning, but prohibitively expensive for many homeowners. The marble countertop pattern may look more disjointed with a crack and you may actually see some separation of the two sides. One way to achieve the look of slab counters is with large kitchen counter tiles and small grout joints.

There are seams, however, but not as many seams as with tile. A number of granite and marble tiles are now available in these larger sizes.

Stone and tile protection and sealing is crucial to the effectiveness and longevity of your stone or tile floors and countertops. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for allowing the mortar to set. After the recommended time has passed, remove the spacers from between the tiles. It’s tricky, but groutless tile installation yields an attractive result. Options can range from the same coveted granite and marble that many slabs are fabricated from to more common ceramic and porcelain tile. Additionally, there is a full table of grout specs specific for your job. At finished cabinet ends, glue on the blocking with construction adhesive and clamp until it sets. If you’re used to working with wood, this edge is by far the fastest and easiest of all methods. Butter them with thinset, press them in place and prop them up with plastic shims. Use a clamp and a block of wood to support the cutout until you finish the cut. Marble tile isn’t nearly as heavy as a marble slab, so support isn’t quite as crucial. Would a 90 degree strip of tile for the edge be out of place, and should the top overlap the edge or vise versa? Sand and stain the wood then cut it to fit and fasten it to the plywood with construction adhesive and 3-in. The tile underlayment techniques we show are similar for all three methods shown below. If it’s satisfactory, this will be far easier than sanding all the edges. They are 1/2 inch thick and are cut very straight with no bevel on the top edge. Sand the cut edge with 240 grit metal sand paper progressing to 400 grit to 600 and then to 000 steel wool. After the plywood is down, use the old sink or the template from the new one and lay it out exactly where it goes to make sure it’ll fit between the inside of the cabinet and the outside of the finished backsplash. If you’re replacing the sink and/or faucet, get those in your hands too. I will appreciate advice, critique, philosophy anything to further the solid installation. As you can see, the front edge of the top tiles overhangs the nosing tiles, so the exposed, unfinished edge needs to be polished (we cut a simple 45-degree chamfer with the mitering jig, but you can leave it square too).

Having a surface that is both durable and attractive is the goal for most homeowners. What you need to consider is the size, color, placement, and most importantly, the type of grout. Most professional installers will advise against groutless installations for many reasons. A bull-nosed tile mimics the look of a granite slab countertop when paired with large tiles. These outdoor tiles are backed with plastic grids with interlocking tabs that simply snap together. Granite tile is extremely hard and impervious to many stains. Many tiles, however, are not available in large formats or with specialty edges. Or if the marble countertop is a bit bigger/wider than the zinc table top you could simply glue the strips underneath where ever they needed to go to fit over the zinc top and keep the marble countertop secure.

Red glass is the rarest of all glass and obtaining recycled red glass is cause to celebrate. Tile manufacturers often make special edge pieces to match their tiles. Installing a marble tile countertop is certainly something a decent handyman can perform well, but installing slabs is a different story. Sponge off the excess grout with a damp sponge, rinsing it frequently in clean water. In addition to standard carpentry tools, you can rent or buy the tile-cutting saw. This technique works best for marble or limestone tops because the material is soft enough to finish with an orbital sander and progressive grits of 100, 150 and 220 silicon-carbide or aluminum-oxide sandpaper. If the plywood backing extends all the way to the edge of the overhang, then you have a great start and this may be sufficient. Cut some test tiles with the jig and make the fine adjustments until you’re satisfied.

This can be done by glueing or laminating strips of matching marble at the edges, which will provide a wider and usually more pleasing edge profile too. Apply it with the smooth edge of the trowel, then use the notched end to texture it for better adhesion. Although some do-it-yourselfers attempt to mimic the look of granite slab by butting granite tiles directly against each other to avoid grout lines, experts stress that some grout is necessary to stabilize the tile and prevent shifting. A dark color such as black could be the perfect color for your modern kitchen décor especially when you polish it correctly.

Most importantly just what is safe and the best procedure for installing the slab on the old table. Additionally, with no space between the tile youll have an impossible time getting each tile perfectly flat to the tiles next to it on all four corners (lippage). Fill the grout line between the wood and the tile with matching caulk rather than grout or a crack will eventually develop between the wood and the tile. Cut filler tiles to fit in the middle of the sink where they won’t be so obvious. Thin cabinet sides or corner braces simply won’t provide enough anchorage to hold the plywood flat and stable. After the grout dries overnight, buff off the haze with a clean cotton cloth. To do this without grout would mean each tile had to be cut and installed perfectly. Using drywall screws and an electric drill, countersink screws every 8 to 10 inches. Clamp the jig so the blade cuts just shy of the factory micro-bevel. So it’s a good idea to lay out the tile on the old countertop and take the tile in for grinding before the demolition work starts. I noted that the acids in food and fluids in kitchen will etch the marble top. Large 12×24 honed carrera marble tiles (or any tile of your choice). It may seem like overkill, but it’s better than cracking the slab. With the notched trowel, spread a slightly thicker layer of thinset than that between the plywood and backer board on top of the backer board.

Decor Granite Tile Countertop No Grout

Spread thinset and lay the back row of tile, keeping the grout lines aligned with those of the front row. We used various-sized tiles of tumbled and honed (matte finished) limestone along with a metallic tile listel to finish the wall above the backsplash. Keep in mind that you’ll probably need partial tiles for filling around built-in appliances as well as at least a half dozen more tiles to allow for breakage and miscuts. Spread thinset over the backsplash and edges and screw on strips of tile backer with 1-1/4 in. Use granite tile to create the look of a stone slab or solid surface countertop for your kitchen or bathroom – for a fraction of the cost.

My plan is to build a supporting structure with 2 x 4’s turned with the 3.5 inch side vertical or ‘up’. That plywood will fatigue and continue to sag putting stress on the center of the counter top. Shouldn’t be able to slide the marble countertop more than about 1/4 inch in any direction. They are not a defect and most often you won’t have any problems. The result is a smooth, seamless surface that’s so waterproof it can be used for shower walls. It comes from a mixture of traffic light lenses, warning beacons, runway light covers, and even jet wing-tip light colors.

Larger tiles mean fewer grout lines, and a surface that is easier to keep clean. Use a skill saw with an abrasive blade to cut the pieces of backer board to fit right on top of the plywood. And nearly every installation has something problematic about it that requires experience to know how to handle, etc. On the countertop section containing the sink, work from both ends toward the sink.

The idea is to disguise the grout lines as much as possible to create the illusion of a granite slab. I have black granite tile and would like to redo kitchen countertop. Cut the parts, then spread exterior-grade woodworker’s glue on the edges and tack them together with 1-in. Important: make sure you work fast enough to use mortar that is properly hydrated and not dried out – particularly on the edges! Also, an ordinary wall backdrop can drag down a beautiful countertop. Then rest the narrow stop block against the top of the tile and glue and tack it to the jig.

Now, the marble countertop is heavy and won’t slide easy anyway, but without the lips or a laminated edge it could slid enough to get off balance and tip. You should glue down the marble countertop to keep it secure on top. Use the backerboard cutter as needed to trim the backerboard so that it covers the entire surface with pieces butted together. Let’s face it, marble, particularly carrera marble countertops are highly desirable highly expensive. Tape tiles on countertop edges to hold them in place until the mortar sets. Some sinks are single compartment while others are dual compartment sinks. Lay it over a plywood substrate, whether you’re tiling a floor or countertop.

Repeat with the remaining tile until you have covered the entire surface. Buff the tiles with a soft, dry cloth to remove the film left by the grout. A bonus would be an adhesive that may enable me to remove the slab at another point in time and not ruin the zinc top – but this isn’t required. Granite, marble, ceramic – the choices are numerous, but the end purpose is simple. Eventually that little crack you have will break through the whole slab. Use the full tile and one of the nosing strips to check fits and lay out the tile pattern.

Sanded grout is used for wider joints with more rough/rustic surface finishes since it will scratch the marble tiles. If you do, you’ll have to go with the enhancer route on the edge because you won’t be able to sand granite to a polish unless you invest in some diamond abrasive pads for the job. The key to flat, long-lasting tile countertops is a solid plywood base. It’s lightweight and you cut, snap, rasp and fasten it exactly like standard drywall. After the tile base is in place, spend some time dry-laying the tile to work out the best-looking top. Otherwise 2cm is less expensive and will do the job just fine. I can appreciate your time in writing your question and that you want to recycle the marble slabs and use for a kitchen countertop. I use a liquid latex mortar additive instead of water in the grout. Other than that, you’ll use the same tools, materials and techniques needed for ceramic tile except for the grout and sealer types. However, if your sink is excessively heavy, then 3cm may be a better choice. It has a gypsum core like drywall, but the core and the sheathing have been modified to repel moisture and accept a tile overlay with conventional bonding adhesives. It is durable and will last fine, but requires much more maintenance than granite.

Not the standard type of corbel shaped like a triangle, but one made of a thick metal strip that attaches to the back wall and is bent at a 90 degree angle to then attach to the bottom of the plywood support sheet. Inside corners are critical because the grout lines have to align in two different directions. Many regret installing marble slab or marble tile as a kitchen countertop. Hold them in place with a couple of strips of masking tape and let them set. Before installing any tile, rip 1×3 wood that matches your cabinetry down to 2 in. Have extra tiles on hand; you can always return the leftovers. If you’re cutting in the house, make a temporary tile saw water-containing workstation out of plastic sheeting, 2x2s and a piece of plywood for a splash guard.

He has been a woodworker for over 30 years, and has also worked as a biotechnology engineer. For floors, measure several three or four tile spaces extending out from each end of the longest wall. What is the recommended way to install granite with grout lines or not? Replace the board and secure it to the surface with several screws.

Follow the sealer manufacturer’s directions to seal the grout and the granite. Here is a 3″-wide bull-nosed kitchen counter tile that is 24″ long. Check around to find a stone fabricator who uses special machinery to bullnose individual tiles. The objective is to get a perfectly even miter that ends right at the edge of the 1/16-in. What thickness is better for a carrara marble vanity top with undermount sinks?
As a result of our countertop’s size, we needed to get creative with the layout and ran slender pieces along the edges. You could use “edge” tiles that have a pre-polished, pre-formed rounded side. With an electric drill and a screwdriver bit, secure the plywood to the cabinet frames with wood screws, making sure to push the heads below the plywood surface. Nail it to the top of the plywood backsplash board with 8d finish nails spaced every 8 in. One downside of any tile countertop is the potential for grout to get stained by food or beverages. In this story, we’ll show you how to install an alternative—a solid-granite—tile countertop that costs about the same as a professionally installed plastic laminate countertop.

The crucial measurement is how much of the slab is on the cabinets? Hoping you have tips and instructions in what to do in this case so it won’t happen again. Many installations can be challenging even for skilled pros. When you’re working on the sink counter, lay tile from the corner to the sink opening and then begin laying tile from the other end. I will be using brown marble 12 x 12 tiles on a counter top. Also, you can consider installing a corbel or two near the center.

Fit the backerboard in place on the surface you’re planning to tile. Work the mortar into the spaces with the trowel and then scrape the excess by swiping the trowel across the seams. To keep nasty germs from living in the near-invisible gaps, a sealer or adhesive was used between tiles. I had a small kitchen remodel and my contractor is finished with it now, and only still “owes” me the marble.

These solutions will help you skip all that, plus it doesn’t hurt they’re pretty cool looking, too. The beauty and durability of granite make it an attractive and practical choice for flooring and countertops. Normally, this is not a problem nor will it become a problem. You can get the same durability and a great look with kitchen counter tile. Large tiles allow you to keep counters cleaner, due to fewer grout lines. Before the panels were installed, the walls were completely waterproofed with cement tile backer board and an acrylic sealer. Also mark the tiles that need 45-degree angle cuts and the outside corner tiles. Be sure that all plywood edges are flush with the edges of the cabinet frames and butt up correctly with the walls.

Then polish the edges with a 4″ grinder fitted with a marble-polishing disk and install the narrow front pieces as we show in the main story. Begin by installing the countertop tiles first, overhanging the front edges using the same technique described above. Here’s a rundown of three of the most common edge treatments. Take care that all screws go directly into the cabinet frames. There’s a lot of difference between marble, which is a natural stone and the subject of this post; and cultured marble, which is a manmade product consisting of marble dust mixed with resin. Span over sink openings and mark the underside with a pencil, then flip it over and cut out the opening with a jigsaw. B) and cut a sample nosing piece and a countertop tile for the tile layout. Use the wet saw to cut the tiles and lay those tiles into place as well. It’s best to pry from inside the cabinets to avoid damaging the finish. If you’re really organized and have underlayment installed and all the tile laid out and planned ahead of time, you can do all the cutting in one day. Cut plywood to length to fit flush with finished cabinet ends and 1 in. The trickiest part of installing stone tile countertops is cutting a crisp, clean countertop “nosing” (or front lip). A small grout line will hide very minor lippage but butted tiles wont. Since they are so rigid, there is no bending and could crack when focused weight is applied. With the notched trowel, evenly spread a thin layer of thinset on top of the plywood.

This is our first time to install marble and would love to keep the look of as slight of grout lines as possible. They formed right along with the rest of the marble millions of years ago. It’s best to pre-cut and do a dry layout of the tiles prior to adhering it and just jumping in and start tiling. This installation method works best for small areas, as the level of precision involved needs to be maintained for the entire area.

Turn your deck into a patio — they’ll cover any level surface. Some of these larger tiles can reach the full depth of the counter, needing just a special front bull-nosed tile. The trick is to lay the tiles close together, and then fill the spaces with grout that you’ve tinted to match the predominate tile color. The table is currently zinc topped (as was common 100 years ago). When she needs to change the vibe, she switches out the fabric. Some of these large tiles have shaped edges built into them, or you can find specialty tiles that include bull-nosed profiles and complete profiled corners. Apply fiberglass tape over the seams, and embed it into the mortar. We recommend two coats of grout sealant applied about a week after grouting. Make sure the tiles line up squarely to each other and that the grout lines are equal in width across the entire countertop. Is this like a kitchen island or is it a normal countertop up against a wall with a cabinet depth of 24 inches? Use rejects for the rear row of tiles with the bad edge against the backsplash. When installing 2cm granite countertops you definitely need to be more careful and provide sufficient support. One peek inside the cabinets will tell you how it’s secured. We are installing carrea marble tiles on our kitchen counter top.

Marble cleaning and maintenance for a kitchen countertop is much more involved and a pain than granite or quartz. You’ll want to use un-sanded grout which will seat better with a narrow joint. An enhancer will give the edge a permanent “wet look,” which will look similar to a polished surface. Also, by having the top overlap the side, you may be able to just glue the edge tile right up underneath the top tile without any grout to minimize any seam or you may find that grouting it makes for a better transition.


No matter how hard you try, there will be some space between the tiles, even though you may not see it. But of course, you should never stand or sit on stone countertops. I was thinking about doing the seams with clear epoxy or something. Mark all of the...