Secondhand Chic Makeover Makeover

by DIY Maven

Secondhand Chic Makeover Makeover

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

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3D Pools

by DIY Maven

Changing The Look Of Swimming Pool 3D Ceramic Tile Art (11) 4

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,

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Working with SnapStone, A Floating Porcelain Tile System

by DIY Maven

Working with SnapStone, A Floating Porcelain Tile System

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...

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How To: Tile Over a Brick Fireplace

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Tile Over a Brick Fireplace

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......

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DIY Stone Tile Lamp

by DIY Maven

DIY Stone Tile Lamp

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....

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Mosaic House Numbers

by DIY Maven

 

Mosaic House Numbers

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.

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Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

by DIY Maven

With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

created on: 02/16/09

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4" square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge 
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper napkins
  • Squares of thin cork or...

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Tetris Tiles.

by Chris Gardner

Whether you want to add them piece by piece or "cheat" by nabbing the mosaic sheets, tiling will never be this fun again.

Tetris Tiles.

"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...

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Recycling Glass into Tile

by DIY Maven

Recycling Glass into Tile

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.

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How To Make a Hand Drawn Repeated Pattern.

by Chris Gardner

Julia Rothman shares ideas for making a tile-able design, even out of quite complex drawing with lions and vines!

How To Make a Hand Drawn Repeated Pattern.

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.

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Mosaic Mirror Magic, or How to Tart Up a Table

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/19/08

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.

created on: 03/19/08



What you’ll need:

Unfinished wood hall table
Sandpaper
Wood primer
Graph paper
1/4-inch mirror
1/4-inch blue mirror
Mirror mastic adhesive and caulking gun
Nonsanded grout and latex additive
Smooth hard rubber float
Synthetic scrubber
Grout sealer
Paint to match grout

What you’ll do:


Head on over to...

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Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile.

by Chris Gardner

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...

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Free Mosaic Design Tool

by DIY Maven

Free Mosaic Design Tool

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’!

 

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