How To Design Mosaic Tiles Table Tops

How to Use Ceramic Tiles to Create and Design a Mosaic Tile Table Top. If you have an old table you do not like why not turn it into something beautiful by creating a mosaic design on the top. It is easy to do and I show you how in this article.

Mosaic Tiles Table Tops

A New Table Top with Ceramic Tiles

Here are my step by step instructions to create a unique Mosaic Tile Design for an old table top.

Step 1: Preparing the table

  • Paint the legs of the table whatever colour you want.
  • Also paint any sides that will not be covered with the mosaic
  • Leave to dry completely, preferably at least twenty four hours
  • Clean the table top thoroughly and make sure it is dry and even

Where to Buy and Source the Ceramic Tiles

  • They are too expensive to buy in groups of five or six and you would not need so many of the same design or colour.
  • You can buy tiles from stores that have some odd ones over. These are usually put aside in a sale box so are much cheaper and sold individually.
  • Some shops have samples on display that they either sell cheaply or give away.
  • You can let your family and friends know what you plan to do and ask them have they any left over tiles in their garage or attic.
  • Car boot and garage sales are a great place to buy cheap tiles from.
  • An important rule is to make sure all the tiles you get are the same depth.
  • This is needed so that the table has a level surface when finished.
  • The colour, shape and design can be different.

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Finish Your Basement Up to Code

If you have a basement, finishing it into useable, livable space is an attractive and obvious option. The key to a successful basement project is to improve the quality of life in your home, while preparing for future contingencies. And, as every avid DIYer knows, it’s important to make sure significant home improvement projects, from electrical to plumbing to structural enhancements, are in keeping with local and national building codes.

Why Do Your Basement?

A National Association of the Remodeling Industry 2012 survey found 36 percent of homeowners planned to stay in their homes for 11 to 20 years. A study by American Express reports that 72 percent of homeowners have at least one home improvement project on their to-do list for 2013. Many of those include building out a basement bedroom for recent grads returning to live at home (The New York Times reports 36 percent of Millennials 18-31 are living in their parents’ homes). Others have always wanted a home theater, “man cave,” work studio, or multipurpose room for a growing family. Regardless of your need, versatile finished basements can be the ideal location for a distinctive and highly functional room.

House Basement

Basement Fire Safety Code

This may not be your first thought when you’re deciding between a billiard room or a home theater, but according to the International Residential Code both newly finished and remodeled basements must have a basement fire escape or egress system that meets requirements for escape routes in case of an emergency. The good news is that while adding a basement egress is an advanced DIY project requiring special skills and tools, it’s well within the reach of most experienced DIYers, and the results can dramatically improve subterranean comfort and safety.

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House Painting Tips

One of the hallmarks of a well-kept home or prosperous business is a fresh, professional coat of paint. But most people hate painting–it takes a lot of time and skill to do the job right–plus you have to spread drop cloths over everything, climb around on ladders or scaffolding, and hope you don’t get paint in your hair. But if you like painting–you love the transformation as a dingy room or building becomes clean and new–and you’ve got the talent and experience to deliver a first-class job, then this could be the business for you. The advantages to this business are that you can work from a home base, your startup costs can be relatively low, and if you like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a good day’s physical labor, it can be both rewarding and lucrative. You’ll need experience in painting interiors and exteriors and in working with different types of paints and primers. You’ll also need some people skills in dealing with various personalities and the ability to estimate a job and come out on the winning end.

The Market

Your targets will be homeowners, apartment buildings and condominium complexes, businesses large and small, interior designers, and real estate agents who may need help with a vacant property. You may want to specialize in certain types of painting–homeowners and interior designers will go for decorative treatments like sponge-painting, faux aging or stenciling–or, if you live in a historic area, you can specialize in ‘painted ladies,’ those glorious, gaudy Victorians, Colonial homes, or whatever suits your neighborhood. Using authentic historic colors for antique homes is very popular these days, so you can offer color consultation and expertise as part of your historical service. To sell to this type of client, send brochures to historic home associations or introduce yourself to homeowners and contractors. To target other types of prospects, send brochures; leave fliers on homeowners’ doorsteps; and network with interior designers, contractors and real estate agents. You can also place ads in local papers. If you specialize in decorative-painting techniques, get your company written up in local publications, give talks to local groups and volunteer yourself as a guest on a local radio chat show.

Needed Equipment

You can start off with a couple sizes of ladders, an assortment of brushes, rollers and paint trays and perhaps a sprayer and a breathing mask. As you grow, you can branch out to heavy-duty sprayers and compressors and a set of scaffolding. You’ll also need a pickup truck to carry you and your equipment to jobs.

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