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Recently I did my first tile job by myself on my kitchen cabinet. I have been collecting tile off of Craig's list and i finally decided to recover the counters. here is the before and
after shots. The prep work is sanding the surfaces to make the mastic stick. Lay out your pattern first and cut all tile and re fit to where they will be placed on the cabinet. Set the tile with mastic let dry for a few days. Continue by putting the grout in the cracks.Let stand for 20 minutes and wipe with a sponge,then with a soft towel to remove all the residue. After 48 hours seal with sealer. I still need to finish the wall behind the stove with tile.
HI, I have never posted anything on the internet before but am in the middle of a renovating a house and have done so many fun things and wanted to share. I couldn't decide on one type of
tile to surround our claw foot tub so I collected various colors of tile that I liked made a mosaic. I didn't draw it out, just wanted it to look free and flowing. Please excuse the mess in the rest of the picture, had a failed attempt at hanging a chandelier, need to find a smaller one. Oh, we have a farmhouse sink with a sideboard to be used in there also. The whole bathroom will be finished with all re-purposed materials, sink and tub found at junk sales, refinished, mirror found in garbage and repainted, windows off of Craig's List, floors taken out of a foreclosed house and put in by my husband, over the sink light from garage sale. OH and the 2 doors, not shown, are also Craig's List items.
We installed beveled subway tile on sheets in our bathroom. It is a fairly easy tile job, but more labor intensive than the slate tile floor I posted.
We had to install and tape the cement board. That was fairly easy. Measure and cut with a utility knife, tape, and screw on.
We arranged the tile on the floor to plan the pattern. I lined up the pattern with the bead-board plank wall.
We started in the corner because of the window.
We rented a wet-saw from Home Depot, but we waited until we had to make the cuts, so we only had to rent it for one day. The saw worked well, but not on small cuts; tiles shattered. So we then purchase da ten dollar tile cutter for the smallest pieces.
Tip 1!!!! The mastix has to be white when one installs glass tile otherwise its true color won't show.
Tip 2!!! A big sponge and a large bucket is great for washing off the grout.
Once the grout has dried for a couple of days, seal it. The water will bead on the tile and it will stay nice for a long time! Reseal every six months or when you notice that the water is no longer beading.
It's almost a universal consensus that we all hate builder-grade plate glass mirrors. It's so easy to spice them up, so I guess that's the silver lining! I looked into using
hardware-store mosaic tiles, but they were a bit too pricey for me. My solution? Hot glue and individual glass tiles! I bought them at Hobby Lobby for $15. The tiles have had no problems at all staying put in over a year of use. Plus I did it while 9 months pregnant, so it's a very user-friendly project!
When it comes to home decoration, usually everyone goes for the same or similar ideas. When we think of interior design, glass isn't really the first material that comes to mind. It is
more like wood, steel or something along those lines of thinking. When you really think about it, there is no real reason not to consider glass as one of the primary materials for interior design and decoration, except for some misleading, stereotypical misconceptions. One of those misconceptions is that glass is fragile; another is that glass is hard to preserve and clean.
The truth of it all is that there are many, many types of glass out there and each was designed for a specific purpose, with specific features. Before you cast a stone into the glass, you should really do your research and see what kind of punishment certain types of glass can take. We have all heard about bulletproof glass. Can there be a more obvious proof of its durability? There are about 40 different kinds of glass, suited for almost every need an interior designer can have.
Ok, so we managed to explain that there are no real downfalls to picking glass as your primary material for interior design, but what are the benefits?
First of all, glass is very flexible as a material and it can fit in subtly almost everywhere. The popularity of glass in home design is on the rise lately, so if you chose to use it in your home modification, you can be sure that you are up to date with the latest trends. It is really no wonder that more and more people use glass to decorate their homes when we look at some of those homes and realize how modern and stylish they are. When well placed, in a carefully designed environment, glass can create a breathtaking ambience by reflecting light. This reflection can have that artistic and mood altering purpose or it can simply help improve the all-around home illumination.
Up until now we were talking about glass as a material in general. Let's get a bit closer and see what are all the different things glass can be used for and what we can make from it. Well, since we have established that the development of glass itself has advanced so much, we can safely say that it can be used for almost anything. Today, aside from windows and dishes made from glass, there are also walls, doors, furniture, tiles, sinks and other bathroom elements, sculptures and so on. Let's take some time and talk about various glass made decorative elements you can use to improve your home design.Glass Floors
Glass floors are usually found in corporate buildings and elevators, but they can also be used in some sections of your apartment or house. You can use glass floors for your terrace or you can make the stairs from glass. Glass floors provoke a rush of adrenaline since we all have the impression of walking on something fragile and the transparency doesn't help either. Still, this isn't a bad thing. People love this irrational feeling of danger when they know they are perfectly safe from any harm. Glass Sculptures & Figures
It is amazing what people can do with glass these days. Sculptures and figurines of all shapes and sizes are done in particular styles, too. They can be transparent or done in color so as to fit a particular composition. The color can also be semi-transparent, so when the sculpture is hit by light it reflects the colors it was painted in. You can find many of these sculptures and figurines in all kinds of shops that deal with decorative items. Many artists use glass as their material of choice for creating sculptures that are very original, so if you are interested, you can look them up and see whether you like what they do. Who knows, you might end up buying a sculpture that will bring some of that artistic spirit into your home.Glass Mosaic Tiles
First of all, mosaic tiles are a great idea since they give you a lot of space for creativity. Glass mosaic tiles are a great solution for almost any room since they come in a variety of styles and colors. They can be combined with tiles made from other materials. Decorating your walls with them will never be a bad choice, since they are durable and easy to clean. You can find a bunch of patterns you can use to decorate your walls with glass tiles, along with instructions on how to set them up and even instructions on how to make your own patterns. So here is your chance to get creative and add some originality to your walls. Glass furniture
If you are going for glass, why not go all the way. It might sound weird but you can buy almost any type of furniture made of glass. Now, coffee tables are a standard thing. Bookshelves made of glass for example were a new thing for me, chairs also, along with dining tables too. What really blew me away was a bed made of glass, with a standard mattress, of course, but still... A variety of shapes can be pulled off, thanks to the natural flexibility of glass while in production. That means that this furniture can have some extraordinary designs. Glass sinks, bathtubs and kitchen counters are also in demand. You can even get a glass toilet, if you want to.
Let's do a little recap shall we? We have gone through the pros and cons of using glass as the main material for interior decoration and realized that there are really very few real cons when all is said and done. The variety of options glass offers due to its flexibility while in production, the durability it offers due to the technological advances and of course the sense of style brought by the whole shebang are reasons enough for me to say: "Go for it!". Hope you enjoyed our little article. Best of luck with your home decoration projects.