Putting Tile on a Wooden Kitchen Table

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Tiling a wooden kitchen table requires using a backing material to hold the tile. Discover how to create the perfect tiled table with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor from the city of Los Angeles. And today, I'm going to show you how to install tile on a wood kitchen table. O.k., you are in your kitchen and you have a wooden table. And you decide you want to put ceramic tile on it, it's a very easy process. Assuming this is our kitchen table, the wood, we cannot put ceramic tile on wood. We have to cover the whole thing with the HardiBacker material, which is specifically designed for tile to surface. You want to find the center of your table. After you've screwed down your HardiBacker, you find your center of your table. And that's when, where you want to start with your edging. We are using a V-cap, an inch and half V-cap, but there are other alternatives that you can use. You can just find those out at your local tile store and just tell them what your project is. But for this purpose, we're going to use the V-cap. We're going to take our ready-made thin-set, and we're going to butter the back. And you're going to find the center of your tile. And you're going to line it up with the center of your kitchen table and you're just going to put these down. Now, there's a couple ways you can do it, as far as the spacing goes. You want to you know, push it down, let the stuff ooze out a little bit on the side, get a good fit there. On this particular table, we're going to do, what's called a butt joint. Where, we're not going to have any spaces there. And the reason I prefer to do that, is simply because on a kitchen table, you're going to have food all over the place. So, I want to eliminate as much as the grout lines, as possible. To eliminate from having to clean them all the time, and it'll just be a much cleaner thing. So, no spaces necessary on this particular one. Just butter it, oops, my mistake, and just set it down there. Just push them together, there will be a little bit of a gap there, but that's o.k. So, that'll take care of your edging and that's going to go all the way around on the table. And you're going to start in the center and work your way to each corner. And when you get to each corner, you could either miter them. If you have a tile saw, that'll do that. Or, you could use a corner, not all V-caps are going to come with corners. So, you have to check into that, depending upon what you chose. So, anyway, so here, we've got our caps down and now, we're just going to set some of the tiles up on the surface. You just want to plop it on, then you want to take your notched trowel and just start spreading it around. Just keep it up at a 45 degree, around that type of an angle. Just spread it around, again, just mix as much as tile, as you can lay down. And as before, we want to start in the center, which is on right here, is about here. And you just want to start here, this is our center, and you just want to lay them down. Again, no spaces, so you just want to butt them to each other, the best they'll go. You can just work your way down, from one end to the other. The other thing you want to keep in mind too, is your distance from front to back. You want to measure it out, lay it out and find out, what symmetrically works best for you and then, just cut accordingly. A lot of times, you'll end up with a smaller border going all the way across. But you're just going to have to do the math on that. Now, there's two ways that you can do it. Once you get your, your long way set. As you start your second row, you could either line them up with each other, or you could stagger them, like that. Other options you can do too, is you could put some sort of a mural in the middle. And that's something you can pick up from your local tile shop. But we're just right now, we're just going to stagger them, and just put them in. It goes really easy, when you don't have worry about spacers, just keep going and going. And again, when you get to the third one, you'll just basically line it up with the first one. And keep working your way, until it's all done. You want to fill in the whole pattern, front to back, left to right. And then, once all the tile is set, wait at least 24 hours to grout it. And that basically is, how you would take an old kitchen table, a wood kitchen table and turn it into a nice ceramic table.

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