Can you tile ... over tile?
Question: Is it possible to cover older, square tiles in a kitchen backsplash with new tiles in a different color and design? I’d rather not have to pull off the old tiles (and part of the wallboard). Thanks for any suggestions.
Answer: Tiling over tiles can be done. Before you make your decision, however, think about the added difficulty that you will have removing both layers in the future. Also, you will be adding some height, so make sure this won’t affect existing counters and cabinetry.
To ensure a neat, professional, durable finish, tiles require a flat, even surface. Remove any loose groloose, remove them and re-apply.
Rough up the surface of the existing tiles with coarse sandpaper and clean. Apply a bonder that is recommended for adhering tile to tile, and build your new backsplash.
Go ahead: Mix light and dark woods
Question: The kitchen cabinets in our home are finished with darkbrown stain; the appliances are stainless steel. Most of the cabinets in the house are dark.
We moved from a home that had light-wood cabinets and lots of bright lights. We have light-oak furniture. Will the light and dark woods be too much of a contrast? We don’t want to buy new furniture. Helpful hints are much appreciated.
Answer: Your light and dark woods will live together beautifully if you choose a color for the walls that enhances these tones. Shades of blue would be my choice. Blue, a natural complement to all the browns, is a true classic. Why not try a stunning aqua or a baby blue?