This small side table belonged to my grandfather and was handmade in my small hometown in Maryland years ago when he bought it. It was in rough shape when I received it, but heavy and sturdy. I knew it would make a great addition somewhere in my home.
One of my favorite Latin restaurant's bathrooms inspired me. I LOVED the tile and wanted to re-create the look, along with the metal of the ceiling. I knew Pappy's table would be perfect, especially since it already had a little inset on the top.
A close-up of the tile. I knew I could achieve the same look with cheap ceramic tiles from the Home Depot for 16 cents, along with permanent marker.
I created my own stack of tiles....
......BUT..... herein lies the problem: I didn't know I should bake the tiles to "set" the permanent marker!! EEK! I figured "permanent" meant PERMANENT. I know...don't judge. Not the smartest decision. While trimming the tiles with my Ryobi wet tile saw, all the marker smudged off. LESSON LEARNED: Place the tiles in the oven before it heats up and leave it in until the oven cools completely so there won't be any cracks.
I used a tile adhesive on the top.
I carefully laid all the tile on the top, pushing them gently to adhere them to the table top. Then I used a wet towel and wiped the smudged marker off, starting fresh.
Then I grouted with non-sanded grout and a float.
When the grout was partially dry, I used a wet tile sponge and gently removed the remaining grout, cleaning and buffing off the haze when it was dry.
I re-drew the design with permanent marker, sprayed it lightly with a clear enamel (being careful not to over-spray or the design will run). Then I used my Ryobi brad nailer to adhere wood trim molding around the outside of the tile to hide the edge of the tile. I used a simple miter box to cut 45 degree angles of the wood trim, since it was such a small cut.
The wood trim molding now hides the edge of the tile.
The table turned out fantastic, despite all the blunders! I used a shiny metal vase to further pull from the metal in the tin ceilings from the original inspiration of the restaurant bathroom.
I love how it looks nice! I was worried it would be a total bust. But I guess DIY is like that sometimes, huh? :)
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