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Creating Mosaic Countertops
Crafting a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top is
easy. The first step would be to look in a tile shop and
see what is available. Then decide on a pattern you
want. There are many books, magazines and TV shows that
give step by step instructions as well as design ideas.
After deciding a pattern or design, sketch your pattern
on the surface you are going to tile over. The first
step is to prepare the surface making sure the tile will
adhere. You do this by scoring the surface with a
utility knife then coating the surface with a mixture of
watered down white glue. Next you take tile cement,
commonly known as thin set or mortar, and spread a thin
coating over the surface. Place your tiles in the cement
according to the pattern you drew. After the cement has
set, (don't be in too big of a hurry) fill the gaps
between the tiles with tile grout. Most people think
grout is available only in white but if you look in a
hardware store you'll find many different colors of
grout available. You apply the grout by simply toweling
it over all of the seams between the individual tiles.
Then wipe away the excess with a sponge.
Have you ever been in a cafe, restaurant or a friend's
house for that fact, and admired the mosaic tile on the
tabletops or walls? Well, it's not that hard to bring
that look into your own home. Where's a good place to
add a mosaic in your home? Kitchens and bathrooms are
the obvious choices but end tables and patios have
become favorites too. Consider embellishing a coffee
table purchased from an unfinished furniture store. This
is a great little week-end project. All you have to do
is add a coat of paint and then make a small mosaic on
the tabletop using some different size tiles or even
broken tile pieces. This same technique works equally
well for a larger area like this as it does for a small
accent table. Before starting this project, there are
some things you should do first to be prepared.
Take some time studying what you want to do before you
start laying tiles down. There are a lot of books on
ceramic tiles at your bookstore or library. A
recommendation is to just thumb through them to get some
inspiration for your design. Once you have a basic idea
of what you want to do, it's always a good idea to draw
a sketch of your design.
Then you will want to place the actual tiles on the
countertop, starting from the center and working
outwards, to make sure your pleased with your design.
Once you have everything in place, take a magic marker
and mark the tiles' location.
Before you cement the tiles in place, you have to set up
the tiles for the mosaic sections. How do you do that?
This is where you can get some anger out. Take a mix of
tiles, wrap them in a towel and give them a whack. This
is the simplest way to get the broken pieces of tile
you'll need for the mosaic. For the border mosaics you
are going to need some smaller pieces of tile. For the
smaller pieces you use a tile nibbler to break off
pieces the size you need. To cement the tiles in place,
use mortar that you can buy at any tile store or home
improvement store. You just trowel the mortar on about
1/8th inch thick. Then use the edge of the trowel to
score the mortar. Then just put your tiles in place. For
the mosaic sections you use the same process. Take the
different pieces of tile and arrange them however you
like. Try and keep the spaces between the tiles to 1/8th
of an inch.
How do you finish the project? You have to grout the
tiles after the mortar has set up or dried. Remember,
tile grout is available in many colors, not just white.
Next smear the grout over the top of the tiles filling
in the seams. To clean the tiles, wipe off any excess
grout with a sponge. Let it dry overnight and you're
done so sit back and admire your work of art!
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