How To Tile a Table

The Art of Furniture Restoration

An easy and fun way to brighten up a table is to add some tile to its top. I've heard about tiling tables before, but until I experienced the process firsthand this past week, I didn't realize how big an impact tile can create and how approachable it is to people at all levels of crafting. What you'll need:
  • Mosaic tile
  • Caulking Gun
  • Tile Adhesive
  • Grout
  • Putty knife

The first step is finding the tile that fits your piece. For the table my student was working on, the small mosaic glass worked magnificently. This mosaic pattern was ready to adhere right out of the box. Simply place the tile ahesive in the caulking gun and apply a thin layer to your clean and dry table top. Place the tile on top of the glue, with the plastic sheet side up, and let it sit for at least 48hrs with something heavy resting on it (we used books).

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Next step is removing the plastic from the tiles and applying grout. Grout can be purchased in many different shades, so make sure to get the one that fits with your project's aesthetic. Mix the grout with the appropriate amount of water and fill the mix onto the tile with a putty knife.

Let the grout cure for an hour, and then wipe off the excess grout on the top with a damp paper towel. The directions called for a nylon brush clean the grout off the tiles but the damp paper towel, and a bit of tedious wiping, did the trick. The grout has to dry for at least a couple of days. When it's done you've got yourself a new table with a beautiful water resistant top. SO EASY!

Images: Nick Siemaska

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