Making your own mosaic bathroom countertop can add a dramatic look to a dull bathroom. It's easy and less expensive than most other counter tops. Step by step instructions that will make it look like it was done by a pro.
Things You'll Need
- Ceramic Tile
- Hammer or Mallet
- Safety Eyeware
- Ceramic Adhesive
- Sanded Grout
- Plastic Bag
- Ceramic Cutters
You will need to pick out your tile. Choose tiles that will compliment each other. Using neutral colors with a variety of shades from light to dark is the safest bet. Pick one or two dramatic colors to add in with your neutral colors. You can choose a few 12x12 tiles and several different small tiles. You will also need edging tile for the back splash and edges around the counter top if you are installing that as well.
Once you have chosen your tiles, you can get started. Place your ceramic tiles in a plastic bag. Hit the bag with a hammer or mallet to break the tile up into small pieces. You do not need a lot of effort because the tile will break easily. Be careful not to make the pieces to small.
You will need a flat, clean, dry surface. If you need to you can attach a thin piece of plywood to the top of the cabinet. Working in small areas at a time apply the ceramic adhesive. Place your pieces together in any pattern that you choose. You should place your pieces about 1/2 inch apart from each other. If you want to add matching patterns like squares you can do that too. You will need to use a ceramic cutter to cut specific shapes. Allow the adhesive to dry before continuing to step 4.
Once the adhesive has had time to dry you can apply the grout. Again working with small areas at a time. Spread the grout between the tiles. Note it is important that you use SANDED GROUT for this project. Once you have applied the grout between all the tiles, take a clean damp sponge and clean off any access grout. Allow to dry.
If adding ceramic back splash and edging to your countertop, use the same steps.
Tips & Warnings
- Follow the adhesive and grout manufacturing directions for proper drying time.
- If your counter top gets a lot of use, consider applying a sealant over the top.
- Use caution when breaking the tile. Ceramic can shatter into silver pieces and are very sharp.
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