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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Tiling Special Spaces

Tiling a small entryway, for example, calls for the same methods as tiling any floor. Their narrow configurations, however, make them more susceptible to design and installation errors. An entryway also opens up into several rooms, so the tile pattern must be designed with an eye toward its most viewed perspective.

Tiling Special Spaces

Tiling a window recess calls for the same methods as tiling walls. This project, however, is complicated by design and layout choices created by the wide variety of window styles, from a double-hung window in a turn-of-the-century home to a casement window in a 1960s ranch-style residence.

Tiling a fireplace and the surfaces around a wood-burning stove are essentially the same as setting tile on a floor and wall, but these installations require the use of special materials. Heat-resistant mortar is needed. Chances are, you’ll drop a piece of firewood or a fireplace tool in the lifetime of a fireplace or stove, so you should use hearth tiles that can stand up to rough usage.

These tiling projects may be small in scope but they still benefit from careful planning. Start with a sketch rather than a formal plan – a rough outline of the tile pattern places less restrictions on your creativity. The early stages of any project are the time for experimentation. Your initial design may go through several versions. Several factors may cause you to alter your plans: your budget and time, the size of the tile, and your skills and abilities. Work with all of the elements until they come together in a plan that’s just right for you.

How To Cut Tiles

It’s almost inevitable that some of your tiles will have to be cut to fit your wall or floor, and there will probably be some that have to be cut into a different shape as well as size. Cutting tiles is not difficult with access to decent equipment and with a little practice. If you’re cutting your own tiles (and especially if you’re doing this for the very first time), it’s a good idea to allow a couple of extra tiles for practice or in case of any slight mishaps that may happen. Read the full article here. 

If you are planning a do-it-yourself tiling job, you’ll need to cut the tile to fit along the room’s perimeter and around corners, just to name a few situations. You can purchase a tile cutter from a home improvement store for smaller jobs using ceramic tile. But for natural stone tile, thicker tile or larger jobs, you’ll want to buy or rent a wet saw. Additionally, you can only make straight cuts with a manual tile cutter, so you’ll need tile nippers or a wet saw to cut notches and other special cuts. Read the full article here.

How to Cut Your Wall Tiles

Unless you’re tiling a small area like a splashback which you can restrict to whole tiles only, you’ll need to cut your tiles to fit. You can choose from a whole range of hand and power tools to do this – some of which are easier to use than others. What you go for will depend on the size of the job and your budget. Read the full article here.

Cutting Ceramic Tiles With a Tile Scribe

The first method for cutting straight lines in tiles is the hand cutter or tile scribe. Tipped with tungsten carbide, this tool will score the glaze on any tile. Mark the tile where you want the cut, lay another tile across the one to be cut as a straight edge, then, pressing down firmly on the cutter, draw it across the tile paying particular attention to the start and finish of your line. Read the full article here.

How to Cut Porcelain Tile Using A Tile Cutter

Practice, practice and more practice! Buy a few extra tile to practice cutting. If the tile you bought is expensive, than buy a few tiles that are on sale and practice with those. Read the full article here. 

VIDEO: Small Tile Cutting Tools