DIY Granite Table

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DIY Granite Table
Break apart the tiles and make a mosaic for something different. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Few things are more satisfying than finding a really inexpensive piece of furniture at a garage or tag sale and making it into something spectacular that the original owner would never recognise. You may have seen dozens of cheap, metal-framed outdoor coffee tables at such sales but thought that they had a dorm-room look. Adding a sophisticated material is an easy way to turn such a table into a piece of art. Granite tiles, unlike their slab twin, are fairly affordable. Create a new tabletop from this material and turn trash into treasure.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1/2-inch plywood sheet
  • Cement board
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Granite tiles
  • Diamond-bladed wet saw
  • Prepared thin-set mortar
  • Trowel
  • Level
  • Grout
  • Masonry sealer
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Construction adhesive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the area of your tabletop. Sketch these measurements onto the 1/2-inch plywood with a pencil. Cut the plywood to size with a table saw. Using the same measurements, cut a piece of cement board to size and attach it to the plywood with screws.

  2. 2

    Lay out the granite tiles on the tabletop, spacing them evenly using spacers if necessary, to test the fit. Mark tile cuts that need to be made with a pencil. Use a diamond-bladed wet saw to cut the granite tiles to size.

  3. 3

    Remove the granite tiles from the tabletop. Spread an even layer of thin-set mortar all over the top with a trowel. Set the tiles back into place; press each tile gently into the thin-set, being careful to keep them straight using the spacers. Check that they are level, tapping as necessary to achieve this.

  4. 4

    Let the thin-set dry for 24 hours. Grout the tiles using a tile float being sure to fill all the spaces. Let the grout dry for 15 minutes and then wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge, rinsing it often. When the tile are dry, wipe off the grout haze with a dry cloth. Let dry 24 hours and then apply grout sealer according to manufacturer's instructions.

  5. 5

    Place the new tabletop into an outdoor table frame or attach it to the top of an existing table with nails, screws or adhesive

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