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Tile Top Kitchen Table

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Tile Top Kitchen Table

An alternative approach is called “buttering” the tile. Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it? This technique has you take some thinset, apply it to the back of a tile like you are spreading it with a butter knife then spread it over the entire tile back with your notched trowel. Take a regular trowel, grab some thinset with it and scrap it onto the tile at one edge. Take your notched trowel and spread it across the tile then run the trowel over it again at a 90 degree angle. The objective is a smooth, even and complete covering of the back of the tile. Thickness is important here. You want each tile to have a consistent thickness of mortar for an even top later but you don’t want it so thin that you have poor adhesion. Have enough so that when you have made my two passes with the notched trowel, you cannot see any of the back of the tile and the total thickness of the mortar is the depth of the notches plus about 1/8″.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

You are now into the most critical portion of the project – laying out, cutting and setting the tile. For new tilers, develop a design that does not require cutting. You can accomplish this with the size tile you buy and the width of your grout lines. This said, you learn by doing so if your design does not allow for full tile only, rent a tile saw for the project. Most tile stores offer them for rent. For this project, it is assumed there’s a symmetrical layout that flows along the two lines you drew and does not require cutting. A tutorial on cutting tile is available here: How to Cut Tile.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

To help to keep your tile spacing even, place three of the tile spacers at the same time you set your first tile. These little plastic plus signs should go at the corner where the tile meets the two intersecting lines and at the corners of the tile along the other lines. Span the lines with the spaces so the line goes through the center of the spacer. If you are using a butted pattern where you have no grout joints, simply line up the edges of your tile along the lines you drew.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

i have a very small dining space in my kitchen area. i needed a 2-chair set and table that was still attractive. this is perfect, especially for a 'country' kitchen or a kitchen with a lot of white colors. the chairs and table are very sturdy and do not wobble at all. the table also has nice edges/decoration on the legs. it does sit lower than your average table – as you can see in my picture it comes beneath a standard windowsill. the table was easily put together in about 30 minutes but the chairs took longer and needed a strong wood glue #not provided#. also the chairs of the bottom are unfinished, so you'll need some protector caps so they don't slide/wobble eventually. i am very pleased with the look and feel of the table. the tile top is slick and looks much more expensive than it was. i got mine from the bullseye store for less than here.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

Almost there! With your spanking new tile surface and fresh grout joints, it is time to seal the joints. You can try everything from flooding the whole surface and spreading the sealer with a disposal sponge brush to carefully applying it to just the grout itself. Your technique will depend upon how you want to proceed. If you need to seal your tile as well as your grout, do the tile first so you have no risk of staining the tile with the grout sealer. It isn’t a stain so much as a difference in color as you have sealed the small portion around the joint before the rest of the tile and that might be hard to reverse.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

I am stubborn. Stubborn enough that instead of just getting a new table I have hung on to this outdated tile top table for years trying to decide what to do with it. You might think I would’ve just  been better off starting over, getting a brand new table. Or at least one that already had a wood top. But then you don’t how much this table means to me, do you?
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

On a project like this, use a simple batten. This is a flat piece of wood about 1/4″ thick and wide enough (tall, if you prefer) to cover the entire edge of the table and the thickness of the tile. For example, if your tile is 3/8″ thick and your table is 1.5″ thick, you would need a strip 1 7/8″ wide. If a 2″ piece is more readily available, that is fine, allow the excess to project below the bottom of the table top.
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Tile Top Kitchen Table

These are the basic steps you need to follow if you want to make your own tile table. You can then use it on your patio, on the terrace, in the garden or indoor if, let’s say, you need a table in the kitchen. You could also use this idea to make a kitchen island with a tiled top.
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I purchased this table with 4 chairs at another store that begins with a K when I moved into my first apartment. Thirteen years, numerous moves & two kids later I can still say I love this table. It's a great size for the kitchen, looks nice & has held up to everything! The chairs have all held up just fine too. I've had all sorts of things spilled, written, stuck on the top of this table & it all comes off. I wish they made this table in a larger square so you could fit two chairs on each side. Definitely a cute, yet tough little set!
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Your grout will either be sanded or not, depending upon the width of your grout joint and the type of tile you are using. Consult with your tile seller for specific recommendations. It is possible to scratch a glossy tile with a sanded grout so choose wisely. Plus, sanded grout can scratch your edge molding or stain it (hence the masking tape treatment in the preceding step).
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Search Add New Question How can I tile in a way that requires no outer trim? wikiHow Contributor Lay the mortar across the floor — including on the sides — and make sure there is no side décor on the wall and place the tiles on the floor. Be sure to wipe the mortar that comes up the side. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3 Can I use a polyurethane varnish over the tiles and grout? wikiHow Contributor Polyurethane will soak into and adhere to the grout, but glazed tile is generally non-porous. The polyurethane may initially stick to the tile, but it will soon peel off. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
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But not this table. An overflow table I grabbed from my great aunt’s house just after she and my great uncle passed away, too. A table I’d sat at before I had my own family. A table my oldest had his first Thanksgiving at. A table that we now spend many holidays at, just my little family and I.

Once you’re happy with the design you’ve chosen, get some adhesive and start gluing the tiles to the table, one by one. You can cover just the top or you can also cover the sides with tile if the design and size allows t. Wait for the glue to dry and clean and polish the new table.
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Using the same thinset mortar that you will use for your tile, cover the table top. Place the Masonite on the thinset, smooth side down and apply a light even pressure over the entire surface. A rolling pin makes a nice tool for this purpose. Clean excess thinset from the edges of the table.
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Any table can get a new tile top, even the small side tables or coffee tables you have hidden in the garage or storage room. Get them out, clean them up and give them a colorful makeover. Then you can get them out on the patio and everyone will fall in love with them.
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Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is perfect for mixed materials like adding wood to this tile top table. It’s the kind of glue that makes it possible to walk into a home improvement store and say, I’d like to do this with that and turn it into this and have them say – Ok, let me show you what you need. I like that.
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My initial thought was to remove the tiles but then I realized what a pain that was going to be. Plus, it also meant that whatever I replaced the tiles with would have to be the same thickness, because of the wood frame around it, if it stuck up over that it wouldn’t look good. For me the easiest thing to do was build on top of. If you wanted slate you could always cover the top of the table with a piece of plywood and then add the slate on top of that. Good luck & thank you!

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