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I would like any ideas on what to do with left over thick glass tile squares?

And also can you put these on the 'floor'? in a non- high traffic area? Or even in an outdoor area? ALSO>>> I just moved back into my once upon a time 'dream home'.... renters have done $16,000 worth of damage! I am crushed! Thank goodness me and my boys are pretty good DIYers... but I need some help here folks! I need to be pulling some cheap tricks/ideas out of somebody's DIY bag to able to get this place back into shape. :-)

13 comments
  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Jan 26, 2013

    So sorry about the renters! Having had rental property I know from experience. Never again! I don't think I would use it for a floor. Slick and what if it chips or cracks it could cut. Instead think of creative ways to use it. I would use it to block a window half way up for privacy instead of a curtain, a accent piece you could re-glue it to a board and use it on a table, The glass sparking would look great in the light. Set candles on it to reflect light. The list goes on and on, I could even see using it on a square table it would be very unique. Have some fun!

  • Kitchen Kelli
    Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
    on Jan 26, 2013

    If you have a few and they are hollow, put some collections in them and set them around the house - golf balls, vintage game pieces........it's sort of a more modern way to display collections based on the antique mason jar idea.

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com Colonia, NJ
    on Jan 27, 2013

    Few things can be done. Remove what you can and use them to fill the basement window areas if you have them for light and increased security. Cut slots in one side of a few and use as a piggy bank. Do not use them as flooring as they will become slippery if they get wet. Depending upon how many you have will determine what other ideas you can come up with.

  • Mechelle Beghin
    Mechelle Beghin Stoughton, WI
    on Jan 27, 2013

    Stuff them with christmas lights for a cool light feature, After you put the lights in you canalso fill up the spaces with glass beads for a little color.

  • Laurie
    Laurie Jonesboro, AR
    on Jan 27, 2013

    if they are vintage, they may explode if you cut them. We used some vintage blocks on the half wall of our bar. We put a light in the cabinet behind them.

  • Cheri Hooper
    Cheri Hooper Waverly, TN
    on Jan 27, 2013

    I'm looking more for wall ideas, I guess... not so much decorations... and uses outside... can you use these instead of lattice under a porch area?

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    Tanya Peterson Felsheim Grants Pass, OR
    on Jan 27, 2013

    I had a friend who had a very very small space between upper and lower cabinets of her kitchen, and it was an outside wall, so to bring more light in they cut out places for the glass blocks all across underneath a set of cabinets, adding more light to the kitchen without more heat. Looked really custom.

  • Tammy W
    Tammy W Waxahachie, TX
    on Jan 28, 2013

    Send them to me !! LOL

  • DeDe @ Designed Decor
    DeDe @ Designed Decor Canton, OH
    on Jan 28, 2013

    Cut a whole in them and use them as a vases. Use them as decorative lights. Use as a flower bed boarder. Use them as a riser for a glass top. Bookends on a shelf.

    • Jackie
      Jackie De Kalb, MO
      on Mar 5, 2015

      @DeDe @ Designed Decor Love the flower bed border idea !

  • Brenda
    Brenda Shamrock, TX
    on Jan 28, 2013

    I used mine underneath a old cabinet and made a bar out of it,run lights in it two bar stools and you got it.

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H Pittston, PA
    on Dec 27, 2014

    Renters can be wonderful or awful. After our last experience we sold ours- too expensive doing repairs after each tenant. We had to spruce things up quite a bit to sell, including a new kitchen floor (even the underlay was ruined. As for your glass tile, how about a half wall of them in the bathroom for more privacy if they are structural, if the toilet is in plain view? I like the cabinet and window ideas, too. In the basement, you could probably use them to define an area. Outdoors? Not sure, but, glass should hold up with the right adhesive. I googled glass tile and came up with backsplashes, etc.Here's a link to one place that used them outdoors: https://www.glasstilewarehouse.com/outdoor-projects?view=item&layout=item There were also countertop ideas: http://www.houzz.com/glass-tile-countertops

    • Sherrie
      Sherrie Nixa, MO
      on Mar 6, 2015

      I have a cleaning company and we mainly do rentals. If you need any help with cleaners and how to get it clean let me do. I do know shortcuts. And what does and doesn't work. My last own rental I gave up on. As cleaning goes a lot of renters trash apartments because they have to leave a cleaning deposit. So they don't even bother.

  • Lori
    Lori Canada
    on Jan 8, 2015

    More pictures of your house would be helpful. We are full of ideas.:)

  • Susan Bechamp
    Susan Bechamp West Branch, MI
    on Aug 20, 2015

    When we enclosed the back porch of our first home we used glass block tiles at the sidewalls to bring in a lot of light and give some privacy from the neighbors. They can also be used as transoms over the doors if you have the room.

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