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Groutless kitchen backsplash - yay or nay?

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I ordered the tile for my kitchen backsplash today - 3x6" milk chocolate matte subway tiles - and am now wondering if I can get away with not using grout when I put them up. The sample board (see below) had them butted right up against each other, and I really like how it looks, but I'm not sure what role the grout plays in the whole tiling scheme of things. Is it to keep the tiles from shifting? Does it work as an adhesive? Is it purely decorative? I've searched pages of google results, and really didn't get a definitive answer. If I have to grout, I will, but one less step sounds good to me!

Also, am I crazy for trying to do the tiling myself? I'm a little nervous about having to use a wet saw to notch the tiles around the receptacles - if I can even find one to rent!

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Well, they're "acclimatizing" to my home environment ;) ...or in other words, I haven't started yet! But, I got to go to Home Depot this weekend, so managed to get the right colour of grout and a big tub of adhesive. My tile saw came in last week, and I'm putting the final coat of paint on my counters tonight. I should be able to start tiling by next weekend - yay! I'll post some pics as soon as it's done.

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chatterbox

puddlejumper....how is the tiling going?

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chatterbox

Thank you, just need to find a colour now for the kitchen area that will go with the cabinets and moulding. We are open to any suggestions

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chatterbox

For the backsplash, we used handy tile cutter with the long arm, and a tile clipper. We bought it from home depot, under $150. This is a not a wet cutter

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chatterbox

Yes there is a hint of yellow in the countertop, it's the butter rum countertop. It's been a crazy weekend, but we have got a lot done. I'll checkout the colour you mentioned

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puddlejumper

Wow - you guys are fast! Tile and crown moulding in one weekend is very impressive for a DIY project! From the pics it looks like you've got a bit of a yellow/gold tone in your countertop - what about something like BM Vellum? It's a nice mellow goldy colour that I think would look nice with your cabinets, backsplash, and counter.

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chatterbox

Thank you very much.We didn't find it that hard to do in that pattern actually, and when it came to the recepticle area, we had to move them out from inside of the wall, so that the face place could fit back on.

We also did some crown moulding after that this morning, and here are some pics below

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Anyone got any colour suggestions for this kitchen area?

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puddlejumper

Chatterbox - that looks fantastic! :clapping:

Did you find that they were finicky to put up in the brick pattern? How were they to cut around the receptacles?

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chatterbox

Puddlejumper.....here is the finished work

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chatterbox

puddlejumper wrote:
Oooh!!!!! Please post your pics! I can't wait to see it!!! My kitchen painting is taking waaaay longer than I expected, so I likely won't be getting to the tile itself for a couple of weeks. Though, I do take one tile out of the box every so often and gaze at it lovingly......does that make me strange? :p

Also, I've got to try do dig up the right colour of grout...Rona carries a whole whopping 5 colours, none of which go with my tile. I'm heading south for the Easter weekend, so hopefully can hit Home Depot or an actual flooring/tile store to find a better selection.

We are just applying the grout now, the one we got is the Plyblend brand called "butter cream" and it looks absolutely gorgeous with the cream subway tiles as we apply it.

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puddlejumper

Oooh!!!!! Please post your pics! I can't wait to see it!!! My kitchen painting is taking waaaay longer than I expected, so I likely won't be getting to the tile itself for a couple of weeks. Though, I do take one tile out of the box every so often and gaze at it lovingly......does that make me strange? :p

Also, I've got to try do dig up the right colour of grout...Rona carries a whole whopping 5 colours, none of which go with my tile. I'm heading south for the Easter weekend, so hopefully can hit Home Depot or an actual flooring/tile store to find a better selection.

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chatterbox

puddlejumper.....we ended up getting the same cream subway tile you mentioned, from home depot and went with the 1/8" spacers for the grout line. We are actually laying it as we speak.

Will post pictures once it's done

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puddlejumper

From the research I've done, it seems the grout isn't purely decorative. It serves to seal the porous edges of the tile and keep dirt out from between the tiles. Even if the tiles are butted up together it may be possible for junk to get between them. That being said, I talked to 2 different salespeople at Rona, ang got 2 different answers. I'm going to go on the safe side and do a 1/8" gap, with a grout the same colour as the tiles (or as close as I can get), and hope that it just blends in.

BTW - I picked up my tiles yesterday and they are gorgeous!!!! :D

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chatterbox

Funny you should post this, we are thinking of doing our backsplash this weekend as well, we did the ceramic floors on the kitchen last weekend. A home depot rep told us today that we don't need to grout the backsplash, just use the pre-mixed compund that they sell in a bucket?

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puddlejumper

Thanks for the replies! I have a feeling that the reason I didn't find any information about going groutless is because it's just not done! I will head over to that link DBD, and see what the pros have to say...but will start picking out my grout colour just in case.

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