Trivets, or hotplates, in various shapes and sizes serve as pads to protect tables, countertops and other surfaces from heated cookware and bakeware that can stain and/or crack surface materials. Although many people typically associate trivets with wrought iron designs, any heat-resistant material such as tile—pieces of ceramic, stone, glass or other materials—can act as a trivet. You simply need to decide if you want a single-tile trivet or a trivet with a multiple tile pattern.
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Things you need
- Cork or silicone sheeting
- Pencil (optional)
- Cutting mat
- Utility knife
- Scissors (optional)
- Heat-resistant adhesive
- Silicone feet/bumpers (optional)
- Plastic sheeting
- Flat, nontextured stone tile
- Grout float
- Dishes/glassware (optional)
- Hammer (optional)
Decide on a type of tile such as ceramic or slate, tile size and shape.
Lay a piece of cork or silicone sheeting on a flat, work surface or cutting mat and then place your tile on top of the sheeting.
Trace the outline of the tile using a pencil and then go to Step 3. If you're using a cutting mat, simply cut the sheeting along the edges with a utility knife and go to Step 5.
Remove the tile from the sheeting and cut out the tile shape with a pair of scissors.
Apply heat-resistant adhesive to one side of the piece of cork or silicone.
Attach the piece to the back of your tile to act as the base of your trivet. Use your tile as a trivet with only this base or glue feet or bumpers to the bottom for added trivet height.
Lay a plastic sheet on your work surface.
Place a flat stone tile in the desired size for your trivet on top of the plastic.
Affix your tiles to nontextured surface of the stone tile in any pattern that includes seams/joints using heat resistant glue and then wait for the adhesive to dry per any package instructions before applying grout.
Mix your grout in a bucket following the package instructions for your specific grout brand.
Apply the grout to the entire surface of your tile pattern with your grout float. Push the grout into the seams/joints as you work.
Scrape away any excess grout with the edge of your float and then smooth/even out the seams by sweeping a damp sponge across the surface. Repeat as needed until the grout seams/joints appear even with the tile.
Wait for the grout to dry, clean the surface with another damp sponge to remove any grout residue/film and then apply grout sealant.
Follow the steps in Section 1 to make a base for your multiple-tile trivet.
Tips and warnings
- To make tiles out of old dishes/glassware, wrap the item in a cloth and smash with a hammer.
- Never use felt sheeting or feet on the bottom of your trivet as felt is difficult to clean—it retains moisture, stains and collects dust, dirt, food particles and other debris.
- Always wear gloves when working with grout or broken dishes/glassware to protect your hands.
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