If you want a little something unusual in your shower installation you can always put glass mosaics in the back of your niche. It looks cool. The problem, however, is that when you buy a sheet of mosaic tile it may be one square foot of tile, but it has all those funny mismatched edges that aren’t straight. Every row of glass is offset.
This is done in order to not have grout lines in the installation line up (it’s supposed to look random) and to allow each sheet to interlock with the one next to it. In other words the left side of the sheet interlocks with the right side of the one next to it.
(You can click on any of the photos for a larger version.)
Because the sheet is actually more than one foot wide (each row is offset) but there is no way you can cut one or both sides off and end up with a 12″ wide mosaic she thought she would need to order more to fill in the missing pieces. You actually only need two pieces, it fills itself in.
All you have to do is cut them in half.
You’ll notice that the actual individual rows are 12″ wide (just a bit under, like nearly every tile).
Then all you need to do is switch them and the one on the right will lock right into the one on the left. Just like the picture below on the left. You’ll notice that it is now square with straight sides and it will fit right into your niche, just like the one below on the right.
This is another example of things I don’t think about. I always just assume that everyone knew that mosaics did this because, well, because I’m a tile guy. Sometimes I don’t know what you guys have problems with so YOU HAVE TO LET ME KNOW! If you do I may just write a post to explain it.
You can see the order in which I installed the back of the niche (and the shelves) below. You can click on any of the photos for a larger version. If you have any projects or aspects of tile installation that are a bit confusing or you’re unsure of just leave a comment in any of the sections on my site. I can normally help, I just need to know what to help with.
This niche was done with schluter metal trim, that’s the aluminum stuff you see in the pictures.