I ended up making 7 of them with the materials I ordered, but had plenty leftover to make 9 or 10.
To do this project you should have an understanding of how to do grout work. I don't go into much detail, but you could probably figure it out on your own, or with the help of some instructional videos on Youtube. It's really easy to get a hang of, and the grout work on this project is quite easy. It's just a matter of taking your time to set up the mosaic properly beforehand, to make the process easier.
Step 1: Materials
Here's what I ended up ordering:
- Polyblend Sanded Tile Grout (White)
- Wood Backing
- Circular Saw
- Tacky Glue
- Grout Float
- Acrylic Paint (black)
- Tile Sealer (optional)
Step 2: Sizing
If you're not using 3/4" tiles, your backing board measurements will probably not be 9 1/2" x 6 1/8" , and you'll need to measure for yourself.
Step 3: Cut Your Board
Once you cut out your boards, sand the edges so they're smooth. I took the time here, to paint the edges of my boards various shades of grey (with some acrylic paint) to match with the color scheme of the overall mosaic. I thought it would look better than having exposed wood.
Step 4: Trim Tiles
For each mosaic you'll need:
- 13 - Dark Grey
- 11 - Light Grey
- 5 - Black
- 48 -White
Step 5: Glue Mosaic
I started by laying out the mosaic next to the board. Using Tacky glue, I glued one row at a time, adjusting the spacing along the way. Once the row seemed aligned I moved onto the next one, until I had finished the remaining rows. Each mosaic took about 30 minutes to glue, and then I let them dry overnight before giving them a test to see if there were any loose tiles.
Step 6: Grout
- Sanded Tile Grout (White)
- Acrylic Paint (Black)
- Grout Float
- Disposable Bowl
- Disposable Mixer
- Newspaper/Table Covering (It's Messy)
Once you have your desired color mixed, you can start laying down grout . I really couldn't take many pictures here without permanently encasing my camera in concrete, but it's pretty easy. I like to do the front face first, and flatten that out with the rubber grout float. Then I usually use my fingers to smooth out the sides with the remaining slag that gets squished out from the front.
It's easy to get a hang of this pretty quick, but just remember that if you take too long, your bowl of mixed grout will start to dry up and be hard to work with. If that happens, simply add some water and that should get your mixture back to the right consistency.
Let the grouted mosaics dry overnight before the next step.
Step 7: Finish!
Most grout you're supposed to let dry 72 hours before you actually use it, but since no one is going to be walking on these bad-boys you could hang them in all their glory.
If you're an overachiever, you can get tie/grout sealer (which is quite expensive) to extend the longevity of your mosaics. I chose to skip out on that step. I figured these wouldn't go through the normal wear of tear of a tiled counter top or bathroom, and wouldn't need the extra protection.
Step 8: The End?
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