DIY Mosaic Surfaces

Build-It-Yourself: Your Very Own Mosaic Counter Surfaces and Back Splash.

It can be a breeze to put mosaic tiles on just about any flat surface. If you happen to go to your local tile shop, you should discover many types of tiles in many different colors. The individual at the tile store will help you with your design and the colors. When you decide on a design and style you want to do a sketch of your pattern on the counter that you want to put your design. You can actually mark up the countertop with your design and style using a felt pen.

Get yourself a utility knife and score the space many times, so the tiles will adhere to the surface, making sure that you do not scrape off your pattern. The next step is to apply water-based glue like Elmer’s white glue to the surface. You need to be patient whenever you lay tiles to create the pattern you want. You should get the design that you would like before you ever put the tiles on the counter. You should begin from the center after that work your way out. The next thing to perform would be to spread tile cement or mortar that’s about 1/8th of an inch thick over the surface. When you find yourself applying the tiles over the counter top, place your tiles according to the pattern that you drew on the surface. When it comes to corners and end pieces, you can buy particular tiles that are made for that. You have to wait for the cement to set until it will become hard.

Afterward you fill the gaps between the tiles using tile grout. If you happen to visit your local tile retailer, you can find a wide variety of colors for grout besides white and cream. To be sure that the seams are smooth and the grout is smoothed out, you will need to make use of a trowel. You should have about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch of room between each of the tiles. Then clean away each of the seams between the tiles with a sponge. After you have cleaned the surface, get ready to enjoy your nice counter top. When completing your counter or back splash, always pick a design that is not too busy. If you intend to sell the house down the road, it is best to keep the design as conservative as possible. It is best to stick to one primary color and using some complimentary colors for accents.

If you’d like to be experimental with mixed colored tiles, you can place them in a towel then whack them with a hammer. You will find yourself with numerous designs. As soon as that is finished, you place mortar on the back splash and trowel it to about 1/8 of an inch thick. Choose several of the shattered pieces and place them onto the back splash leaving about an eighth of an inch to a quarter of an inch between each tile. You’ll want to have the designs you choose to match each other. Once the tiles have dried out, it is possible to take your colored grout and smooth them over the tiles.

It may well turn out that working at mosaic tiles is your calling and you can start your own business doing that. It could be quite lucrative. Plenty of people make their hobbies and interests into a money making business.

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