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.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- 1/2-inch plywood sheet
- Cement board
- Table saw
- Granite tiles
- Diamond-bladed wet saw
- Prepared thin-set mortar
- Masonry sealer
- Construction adhesive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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