Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash

So I in the building of my home and kitchen, I wanted to tile the backsplash.  This is nothing too exciting but I wanted to do something like a mural you see in so many awesome houses.  So I set out to find the right set of tiles to stick out but also work with the kitchen.  We ended up finding some copper tiles online to match our copper sink and hardware in the kitchen, and the smaller tiles for the backsplash matched the floor.  Along with some accent pieces from the same tile family at Menards I was off. 

The first thing I did was measure the space for my backsplash mural.  Once I knew my dimensions, I started setting tile out on my counter to fit the size I had and then trying to center and organize to make the best of the space.  This is the pattern I would try to create.

Now all the tiles are square, so this was going to require quite a bit of cutting.  Once I had cut all the pieces, I again set it out to make sure it was all going to fit.  This should also make the tile placing go much faster.

 

I must say, I thought I did good, and expected it to all fit nicely, I was wrong, I had to fudge edges and recut corners because it didn't quite fit as well on the wall, it still went rather smoothly and from the time cutting started, it only took 4 hours to have the last of the mural up.

Once grouted it looked rather good, I am happy and just need to finish off my edges.