This is how easily I transformed my outdoor concrete table into something a little more special, using the Moroccan pattern tiles that we make.
This is what the table looked like. I actually love the plain concrete look, but having these gorgeous tiles...I just could not resist tiling this!
Because the tiles are made from concrete they are suitable for outdoor use & areas that will get wet. I measured up the table to see how many tiles I would need, & took what I needed from our stock pile.
Next, I made sure the table top was clean & free from any dust and started to lay the tiles out on the table. I randomly mixed the patterns and made sure none of the same patterns were side by side or too close together. When I was happy with the layout, I mixed the tile glue. I was surprised at just how cheap a bag of tile glue is - R35 for a 20kg bag!
With a scraper in hand in place of the usual trowel, I put the glue on the back of each tile & carefully laid it down in the correct position. Tile glue dries fast, so don’t fuss too much here. I used the back handle of the scraper to gently knock the surface of each tile corner & centre, to make sure they were sitting nicely within the bed of glue. A rubber mallet would probably be a better tool to use, but the scraper handle worked nicely too.
The glue needs to dry for 48 hours before you can grout, so the next day I prepared the grout, mixing it to a paste, a consistency that will be easily workable. One word of advice, perhaps use rubber gloves when grouting, I didn’t & ended up with not only dry hands, but also a very raw fingertip! I used my finger to push the grout into all the gaps & basically sanded the skin off my finger.
The grouting is the messiest part of the job. You need to smear it all over & make sure it goes properly into the gaps between the tiles, then do a quick wipe over to take off the excess grout. As the grout dries out, you wipe again & again, it’s a process that needs to be repeated a few times until no grout residue remains on the tiles. Just a note: because the pattern on our tiles are recessed slightly, some more care will need to be taken to ensure that the grout is removed from these indents. An old toothbrush works well, just do a once over with the brush to remove any grout that has stuck in the grooves.
And there you have it; my old concrete table top had a Moroccan makeover! Such an easy task, with no skills required.
Total cost of this project:
Tiles x 70 = R910
Tile glue = R35 (and you have plenty glue left over for more projects)
Grout bag = R35 (2kg)
Total = R980
Such an easy way to 'pretty' up a table, & it can easily be done as an afternoon DIY project.
I used our 100x100mm Moroccan tiles on this tabletop, to see them on my website click here