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07.16.2001

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make it mosaic: how to tile a tabletop  
by Stephanie Blydenburgh |
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Step Two: Find and lay tiles
Yes, Iíll admit, Iím a bit of a haphazard decorator. My usual method is to jump in headfirst, then see how it turns out when Iím done. Of course what this means is that at that point, Iím often left desperately trying to come up with a way to remedy my mistakes.

My first mistake in this particular project was in choosing my tiles. I bought a tub of small, square mosaics from Michaelís, a local arts and crafts store. Armed with ceramic tile glue from the hardware store, I started sticking on tiles, one by one, in a painstakingly slow process that would have taken forever to complete. If I hadnít run out of tiles first, that is. The tiles turned out to be too tiny, and I was left with huge stretches of table left to cover. Not wanting to buy hundreds more of those expensive, little tiles, I trekked back to the hardware store.

This is where I should have started my journey in the first place. At the hardware store, I found large kitchen and bathroom tiles for a mere 25-50 cents each. After returning home with a bunch of tiles in variety of fun colors, I placed them in a paper bag. With bag firmly closed, I carefully smashed my new tiles with a hammer. I now had a heap of tile pieces, each in different shaped chunks. 
. More ideas for cheap tiles: broken ceramic dishes, pennies, jewelry, 
CD pieces, pebbles, buttons, glass, marbles

Next to the small, square tiles, the uneven pieces actually added a lot of character. The only problem was that the large tiles were nearly ĺ" thicker than the small tiles. So, to balance the uneven-ness of the tiles, I decided to enclose it all in a thick border that wrapped around the edges. I ended up adding a 3" thick border around the table, using the leftover white tiles my dad had used to tile our shower floor. Problem solved, more or less.

Step Three: Grout
Next I decided to slap down some grout. I had purchased tile grout at Michaelís in the same section I found the mosaics, but you can also find tile grout at any hardware store. I mixed the dry grout with water according to the directions, and using a floater (which can be found at hardware stores) I spread the grout on the table, completely covering my tiles.
 

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