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Mosaic Tile Counter Tops

By Marilyn Whelan


I’d like to share with you an easy way to turn a very old laminated counter top on a bathroom vanity into a work of art. This is so easy and so practical and provides such “wow” impact for the small cost.

Mosaic tile is the latest now in luxury homes. It is always seen as upscale. I ordered my hand painted tiles on EBay from a tile shop which offered lots of advice. My family motto has always been “fools rush in where angels fear to tread”. I had them send the special glue.

1. Clean the vanity top well with alcohol.

2. Working with a small area at a time, lay your tiles in a pattern appealing to you.

3. Put the glue on a small area as you work. Lay the tile and move it back and forth a bit for coverage.

4. When the last tile is glued into place, wait 24 hours. Then mix a small amount of sanded grout and using your fingers
(works much better than the tool ),  push the grout into all the spaces.

5. Wait until the grout is dry enough you can indent it with your nail and then wipe off the tile.

6. When the last grout is placed, look for two days for spots you might have missed.

7. After 48 hours, wipe off ht tile once more and spray with a tile sealer. I used three coats as my grout is white.

8. Stand by for complements.

I am a widow, a senior citizen and if I can do it, anyone can. This is an exciting way to add pizzazz to your bathroom.

By Marilyn Whelan  

 

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