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This is an easy way to fabricate a tile panel for any number of uses. In this particular instructable I'm making three tile panels to cover the range hood 7" vent pipe.

The great part about this technique is that you can fabricate the panels in your garage or shop so that you don't totally besot your house with mess.
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Step 1: Site Prep

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Measure the area you'll be covering and clear any mess out of the way.

Originally our hood pipe was hidden in a soffit. I removed this soffit and covered the hood with a removable three sided box and painted it the same color as the wall. The part against the ceiling and wall was finished with a white painted cove moulding.

Step 2: Gather Materials

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Choose your tile and backing material. Your tile can be any tile you like, whatever size that you like. . . . but . . .you'll have to plan well before building your tile panels. Your backing material will be either plywood or a concrete board and you'll have to consider where you are making this panel, how heavy it will be, and how far it will have to travel before it's mounted. Choose the sturdiest backing for your project.

Don't ever be mundane. You could get really nuts and use a welded wire mesh to make curved and humped designs for a chandelier or decorative wall hanging. Glue the tile to the mesh with adhesive and then once, dry apply a mortar or grout to the back to really grab and hold the tile.

I used 1x1 tumbled slate.

My backing is 1/4" plywood subflooring.

The adhesive I used was a water resistant construction adhesive. When in doubt use water resistant. You can also use thinset mortar on drywall and wood, but I usually stick to construction adhesive for these and leave thinset for concrete and concrete board.

You'll need something to spread the glue/thinset around. Here I used a small notched trowel.
savageeuge10 months ago

they sell tiles like that with an adhesive backing. So you would only have to grout the tiles. But great idea,