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Striped Mosaic Tile Wall

Project Overview

Striped Mosaic Tile Wall

Liven up your bathroom with a wall of alternating mosaic tile and solid color painted stripes. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

5 Steps

  1. Measure
  2. Apply Simplemat
  3. Grout
  4. Paint
  5. Enjoy

Step 1


Measure the wall space you'll be working with and buy your paint and tile accordingly. Measure 12 inches up from the floor and make a mark. This will be the space for your first tile stripe. Measure up eight inches and mark. Then measure up another 12 inches and mark. This will be your second tile stripe. Repeat as frequently as your wall space permits, giving eight inches of space between each tile strip. Repeat this process on another point on the wall to create a second reference point. Use a string and pushpins to draw the guidelines for the tile stripes along the wall. Use a level to make sure they're straight.

Step 2

Apply Simplemat

Following the instructions on the box, apply the SimpleMat tile setting to the stripes you plan to tile. Apply the tile squares directly to the tile mat. Use tile cutters to clip away any protruding tiles.

Step 3


Place pencil moulding tile into the grout above and below the stripes. Grout the tile with a float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle. Let the grout dry for 20 minutes. Mop off excess grout with a damp sponge. Let grout dry for another two hours. Polish grout with a cheesecloth.

Step 4


Tape off edges of the stripes with painter's tape. Paint between, above, and below the tile stripes.

Step 5


Enjoy your updated bathroom.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 12 hours

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