Can you tile ... over tile?

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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?

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