As the warm June sunshine pours through my window, I suddenly realize that summer is just weeks away. It’s the long awaited season for backyard parties, weekend lounging, and simply enjoying being outside.
Today’s how-to is for the ambitious and artfully minded DIYer who wishes to impress family and guests by turning ordinary outdoor furniture and accessories into mosaic tile masterpieces.
What you’ll need:
- piece of furniture or accessory (i.e bench, mirror, table, planter or pot, stepping stones, etc.)
- decorative and colorful tile
- glue gun or thinset
- small trowel
- grout float
- grout sealer
1. First, cut a cardboard piece to the fit the area you wish to tile.
2. Next, decide on your design. Random or more specific designs can be chosen, then roughly sketched out on the cardboard. Have fun and be artistic!
3. Cover the tiles with a towel and gently break them into pieces. You can also use the “break them into a bucket” method, but it can be a bit messy.
4. If you wish, you can “dry fit” the tiles by placing them onto your pattern (no glue) to check to see if you like your design.
5. When ready, hot glue or thinset (a type of mortar you can apply with a small trowel) each tile onto the surface. Be sure to leave about a 1/8” to 1/4” space between each tile.
6. After the glue or thinset has dried, spread grout over and in all the crevices of each tile with your grout float, then before it dries, use hot water and sponge off the access to leave a clean surface.
7. Finally, when the grout has dried (approx. 24 hours), protect your masterpiece from stains and moisture with a layer of grout sealer.
This is a guest post by Skaie Knox at DiggersList.com. DiggersList is a nation-wide online free home improvement classifieds that allows contractors, property owners, suppliers and DIY enthusiasts to buy, sell, trade or donate thousands of excess home improvement and construction materials.