Tiling a Table

Make an old table new again by resurfacing the table top with vinyl!  

 

Also: youtube is your friend!  There are tons of great videos that will walk you through the process of how to add tile to a tabletop!

You can use these instructions for any table or even a nightstand or dresser! Tile looks great on any surface!

 

What You Need

  • Table or similar flat surface

  • Construction adhesive

  • Grout Sealer

  • Grout

  • Scrub pad

  • Caulk Gun

  • Tiles

  • Tongue depressor

  • Rags that you don't mind throwing away.

  • Bucket, for warm water.

  • Razor blade or thin knife to cut the glue

  • Plastic freezer bag

 

Step 1

Now that you have gathered your supplies, lay the tiles out on your surface to make sure they look good.

Step 2

Now that you have the tile laid out, make it nice and even.  This is what it will look like when it is finished.  


Step 3
Remove each tile individually and cover the back with adhesive.  Use a liberal amount, and make sure it will stick down both on the corners and the center.  In the case of those little tiles, make sure to put adhesive on all of them so you don't have any loose tiles.

Step 4

Press the tile into place.  You will have plenty of play before the adhesive dries so wiggle it into the right position and press it down hard.  Again, if you use those little tiles, put pressure on each one when pressing it down.

Step 5

Create your pattern and adhere to it.

 

Step 6

 Let it sit overnight, and by tomorrow, you will need a crowbar to take off the tiles.  

 

Step 7

Now that your tiles are set with an unbreakable bond, you can grout it.  This is fairly messy, so be ready.
Fill your bucket with warm water from the tap and toss a few rags in the water, set that aside.

Step 8

Open your grout bucket and turn one of your ziploc bags inside out.
Scoop up some grout with your inside-out bag with your hand inside, pull it through and zipper the top closed. 
Cut or tear a little bit of corner off of the bag, now you can use it like a cake frosting squeeze bag and put a bead of grout along the gaps.  Do all the gaps like this.

Step 9

Now you have grout all over your table, but it definitely isn't done.  Use a tongue depressor and smooth the grout into the top.

Step 10

Squeeze the water out of one of your rags in the water bucket, and wipe excess grout off the tiles.  Get as much of it as you can without messing up your grout lines.  
Let it sit for 24 hours.

 

Step 11

Now that your grout has hardened overnight, dampen your scrub pad and clean each tile.  Your grout will not be completely set but not runny, be careful around your lines. Wipe off water residue with a paper towel or a film may form on the tiles.  Grout film is pretty hard to clean off after it is dry, so take care of it now. Since things tend to shrink as they dry, your grout may have formed cracks along the lines or little pits where air has escaped.  If any of the grout lines are messy or lumpy, you can reapply a little more grout to it.  Clean it as described before.  If you have really small flaws, you can put a little water on there and smooth it out with your finger.

Repeat until you you have no build up, film, residue, or anything undesirable looking on your table.

Step 12

Let it sit until completely dried which may take a few days.  You can test it by pressing your fingernail on the grout and it should not dent; it will feel like concrete. Use the grout sealer, just follow the instructions on the bottle.