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Tile mosaic table centrepiece

kimamery
Having an Impact
kimamery
kimamery
Having an Impact

 

A table centrepiece made from old tiles, secured with grout and covered in finishing wax.

 

Steps

 

Step 1

 

Firstly, I found a piece of scrap wood and got everything out that I needed. 

 

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Step 2

 

I then got to work setting the tile pieces down in a pattern I was happy with. I broke a few pieces up using a hammer to create smaller tiles when needed.

 

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Step 3

 

When I was happy with the pattern, I transferred them off the board so that I could apply the adhesive. I taped around the edge of the board to hold any loose adhesive in place. Then using the adhesive scraper, I applied the adhesive and scored lines down the centre like this. 

 

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Step 4

 

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Step 5

 

Then I placed each tile back on the board. This is so satisfying to do.

 

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Step 6

 

Once all the pieces were in place, I left it to dry for 24 hours. 

 

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Step 7

 

After the adhesive had set, it was time to grout. Once mixed with water, the grout is a thick paste. I applied it using my gloves and pushed it into each crevice. I then used a damp sponge to smooth it out and remove the excess.

 

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Step 8

 

I then left it to dry overnight. The following day, I used an orbital sander with fine grit sandpaper to smooth off any rough edges and blend the grout into the timber. 

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Step 9

 

I then waxed the entire piece using white wax. This sealed the grout and tile and makes it easier to clean.

 

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Step 10

 

And then I set this in the middle of my dining table. It makes a nice setting for flowers, candles, picture frames, or could be used to serve a bowl of chips and dip. I love this travertine tile, and love how it ties in with my outdoor area tiles. 

 

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Comments
Dave-1
Home Improvement Guru

Afternoon @kimamery 

:surprised: That looks great! Usually I scroll past tiling (scared to do it really :smile: ) I have seen a few different moasics and thought maybe, but yours is the closest to showing how to and what to do.

 

So is there a reason you straightened out the glue lines from the curves in the previous shot?

 

Inspiring work.

 

Dave

kimamery
Having an Impact

Thanks @Dave-1 

No reason in particular, maybe a little OCD? 🤣

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