How to Install a Pebble or Glass Glob Backsplash

Do you like thinking out of the box and trying something new? Are you tired of seeing the same old materials used for kitchen backsplashes? If you answered yes to these two questions then this is the “how-to” for you!

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about How to Install a Copper Penny Backsplash. The copper penny backsplash is such a unique and interesting idea, it got us thinking what other types of materials could we use as a backsplash? So for today’s “how-to” we are going to teach you how to install a pebble or glass glob backsplash.

Before you get started on your project you’ll need to get your supplies:

  • Pebbles or Glass Globs
  • Clear Mosaic Mounting Sheets
  • V-Notched Trowel
  • Waterproof Tile Grout
  • Rubber Tile Float
  • Damp Sponge
  • Waterproof Tile Mastic
  • Cloth
  • Non-Toxic Grout Sealer
  • Scissors

Most of these items can be found in your local craft or hardware store.

Step 1: Wall Prep

Wipe your walls down with a damp sponge and allow them to dry before starting your project. This way you’ll get rid of any dirt or debris that may be on the wall. If you’re using pebbles that you found, you may want to give them a quick wash with a scrub brush and allow them to air dry before moving on to the next steps.

Step 2: Prep the Clear Mosaic Mounting Sheets

Using your scissors cut the clear mosaic mounting sheets into 12” by 12” sheets. Cutting them any larger will make them hard to handle as you apply the pebbles or glass globs.

Step 3: Arrange your Pebbles or Glass Globs

Once you’ve cut your mosaic sheets into 12” by 12” sheets, start positioning the pebbles or glass globs on the sheet, face down. Press firmly so they will adhere to the mosaic mounting sheets.

Step 4: Apply Tile Mastic

After you’ve prepped your pebbles or glass globs on the mosaic mounting sheets, it’s time to start preparing your wall with the waterproof tile mastic. Use your v-notched trowel at a 45-degree angle to apply the mastic, and remember to work in small sections of no more than 3 by 3 or the mastic will dry before you get to the end.

Step 5: Apply Pebbles or Glass Globs to the Wall

Apply Pebbles or Glass Globs to the Wall
Press the pebbles or glass glob mosaic mounting sheets onto the tile mastic with the clear side facing you. Allow the mastic to dry overnight and then remove the clear mosaic mounting sheets from the surface of the pebbles or glass globs.

Step 6: Mix and Apply Tile Grout

Mix the water proof tile grout according to the directions on the bag. Using your rubber float, apply a layer of grout diagonally across the pebbles or glass globs at a 45-degree angle making sure you squeeze a layer of grout into all of the crevices around the pebbles or glass globs. In approximately 30 minutes the grout will harden and you can then use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess grout, then allow it to completely dry.

Step 7: Apply Non-Toxic Sealer

Apply Non-Toxic Sealer
Once the grout is completely dry, begin wiping down the pebbles or glass globs again with a damp sponge and use a cloth to polish or buff them. After the pebbles or glass globs are dry, apply the non-toxic grout sealer and allow it to dry.

What other creative types of backsplash ideas have you tried or seen used? Leave us a comment and let us know!