How to Turn Flooring into Modern Place Mats

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Get the look of natural river rocks seemingly floating across your tabletop.

There’s a secret behind these natural pebble place mats — they didn’t come from a high-end home store or take hours to make using the DIY route. Would you believe they came from the hardware store?

Here’s the secret: Most hardware stores carry what’s called pebble mosaic tile in the flooring section. They come in mesh-mounted 12-by-12-inch sheets and run from about $8 to $12 per tile sheet.

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Pebble tile examples from Home Depot.

These tile mosaic sheets come in all sorts of different stone variations, allowing you to choose a truly distinctive look.

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Actually meant for creating grouted stone floors and walls, these mesh-mounted tile sheets can be used exactly as they come for place mats, chargers and centerpiece table decor.

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Because they come already mesh-mounted, there’s no need for gluing. They’re good to go.

Pro Tip: If you are worried about surface scratching, you can adhere a couple of heavy-duty felt strips or discs on the underside of the mesh-mounted tile for added protection.

Another bonus is that these mosaic sheets come already flat-mounted. Because they are originally intended for standing surfaces like bathroom floors, you needn’t worry about dishes or pots wobbling across an uneven surface.

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In addition to using single tile sheets as place mats, chargers and trivets, they can be grouped together in multiples along the center of the table to create a focal centerpiece or table runner. We laid two tile sheets together, topping them with gold-dipped mason jar votives for a flickering centerpiece.

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Not a fan of the natural pebble look? The same trick applies to most standard tile sheets, so vary it up to get a modern feel with glass or penny tile.

Looking for more tabletop ideas? Don’t miss these charming summer vases using an unconventional material and learn how to make these pretty watercolor name cards for your next gathering.

Cheers,
Mary & Tim

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Keep up with Mary and Tim’s adventures in DIY, home and gardening on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart. Find them on Instagram (@17Apart) and page through delicious recipes on Tim’s food blog, E.A.T.

Photo credits: Mary & Tim Vidra

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