One of the projects that I contributed to Curbly's Make It! Secondhand Chic featured the above side table. I snagged it at a local thrift shop for about 4 bucks. (The reason it was so inexpensive, I assume, was because the marble top was chipped and fractured. Good for me, because I didn't want the top anyway. The simple cherry wood bottom was all I wanted.) My first thought was to make a frame for the top, paint it up and then tile the center. But since tiled table top tutes are
Ceramist R.J. Vogland creates the most stunning 3D effects with ceramic that I've ever seen. Each made to order mural is constructed of hand-sculpted tile. Mr. Vogland not only does pools, he also creates wall murals,
Recently I had the opportunity to play with a product called SnapStone. SnapStone is a porcelain floating floor system that can be installed over most vinyl, wood and concrete sub-floors. I've seen this product before in my local big box store in the 'real' tile aisle and have always looked upon it a bit suspiciously. It couldn't possibly rival real stone or tile, I thought. So, when the boxes of SnapStone arrived at my front door, I was...
Evit's glass mosaic and tile collection is nothing less than extraordinary. Their intricate shapes and luscious colors are undeniably eye-catching. So much so, their implementation would require a certain amount of pluck.
Photo Image: Susan Jablon Mosaics
A designer friend once told me that our brick fireplace with its' expansive raised hearth and built in bookshelves was "just too much for the room." I decided I liked it and bid her adieu. However, after I got a load of these artsy new tiles, I may have to rethink this. It is getting chilly and that fireplace will soon be blazing for long cozy nights of t.v., entertaining, snuggling and reading. Hmmmm......
Whether this mosaic toilet appeals to you or it doesn't, you gotta give its maker props. All those pieces of mirror, the pink grout, the naked lady flush handle?! It's one impressive crapper.
Instructable-er ChrisN balked at those expensive marble lamps and decided to go the DIY route. The materials, not counting the adhesive cost only $13, which is a far cry from its $120 inspiration. To give one a go yourself, you'll need....
If you've always wanted to try mosaic something but were intimidated by the process, don't be! It's really not that hard. Think of it like this: It's sort of like putting a together a jigsaw puzzle, only you decide what the design will be.
Yup, that's right. It's a floor that's been tiled with thousands and thousands of pennies. If you're in the NY area, visit The Standard Grill to see it in person. Having done my share of tiling with mosaic, I can't even imagine.
With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.
To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:
Spotted this in a recent publication distributed by The Tile Shop. The ‘stream’ is actually glass tile. Also, imagine a 'dry river bed' made out of river rocks or rock mosaics, much like the image below, only more organic in shape, of course.
Whether you want to add them piece by piece or "cheat" by nabbing the mosaic sheets, tiling will never be this fun again.
"For years people have asked us to come up with a fun and colourful alternative to normal everyday tiles. So in 2007 we set about making Tetris Tiles and testing them in our friends homes. After a series of compliments and “where did you get those?” we knew that there was enough of a demand to get started. And so here we...
Bedrock Industries handcrafts tile out of 100% recycled glass, which they acquire through ‘community-based programs including a bottle drive’ preventing hundreds of tons of glass from finding its way into a landfill. To read more about this progressive company and to buy their products–they make cool gift and garden items as well–visit their website.
First, draw your pattern on the middle of the page. Then cut the drawing in half, and tape the blank sides together. Repeat by cutting in half horizontally, and then tape. Fill in the open space with art, and you're on your way.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. This is the stuff that makes me drool.
Check this out. A very plain table has its own extreme make over, going from a country mouse to an uptown girl, complements of mirror bling.
What you’ll need:
Unfinished wood hall table
1/4-inch blue mirror
Mirror mastic adhesive and caulking gun
Nonsanded grout and latex additive
Smooth hard rubber float
Paint to match grout
What you’ll do:
Head on over to...
Architecture and design blog Materialicious points out these amazing recycled glass tiles:
"Trendgroup USA announces the launch the new handmade transparent glass tile collection, Liberty. It was designed by the Italian mosaicist Giulio Candussio and contains a minimum 25% post consumer recycled glass. It is available in 12 colorways for around $45 psf. Soon to be available at retailers everywhere, you can already get it at Stone Source (see more...
Rather than re-tile your entire kitchen or bathroom, give your existing tiles a facelift with these Tile Tattoos by Mibo.
Water and moisture resistant, these 4" stickers revitalize your installed tiles with easy installation and removal.
And they're very reasonably prized at $16 for a set of six. Available in January 2008 from 2Jane.
October's Twin Cities Home Improvement Magazine featured a great breakdown of counter top materials, comparing their stain, heat, scratch and impact resistance in relation to the costs of each. Here's a very handy graphic to keep in mind if you're in the market.
Snow Print tiles mimic the soft curves of animal prints in the snow. Paired with some matching white tiles, and they'd be playful be conspicuous enough. DIYable? Perhaps with some sweet ceramic skills, and a quick jaunt to Budapest for some authentic impressions.
Daltile has a fun–and free–on-line mosaic design tool. Just pick and click to create images on their ‘mosaic canvas’. If you’re feeling particularly uninspired, they even have A BUNCH of patterns to get your creative juices flowing. Just click on ‘Patterns’, find the one you want, pick it and then click on the colors of your choice to fill in the squares. The downside is there’s no print feature, but there is always ‘Print Screen’!