This DIY tiled table top was a welcome and refreshing change to this dated thrift store find!
Hello beautiful friends!
I am finally sharing this little table with you guys. I’ve only been promising it for several posts now. ;)
But it is done!
And I love it.
But I did have a few bumps in the road. What’s new?! lol
It’s all part of the creative process, right?? Yep.
Before we begin, I can’t let this day go by without wishing our beautiful, and so loved, Ryder, a big ole happy birthday!
He is 3 years old today.
How in the world has the time gone so fast?!
I don’t know but we love him to pieces. He has been such a blessing to us.
This boy loves his toys!!
It’s like living with a toddler again. Toys are everywhere. haha
But that’s okay! I am so thankful for him.
He brings so much joy to our lives.
Okay…back to the project!
Remember that thrift store haul I had last month?
It’s a small haul so it didn’t take me too long to get through em!
If you missed any of the makeovers, you can see them all here:
And today, I am sharing the last one.
DIY Tiled Table Top
I picked this one up for $14.99.
What a steal, right?
But it had the type of wood that is notorious for “bleeding” through the paint but I really wanted to paint it white.
So I began by cleaning it up, then spraying it with Shellac before I did anything else.
Shellac works great to stop the “bleed thru” on these old pieces.
Here’s a list of all the products used:
- Shellac Spray
- Shellac Liquid
- White Chalk Style Paint
- Tile Cutter
- Annie Sloan Clear Wax
- Sealer Top Coat
- Tile (this is the one I used – 3 sheets)
Then I gave it a coat of white paint….but after it sat for a day I noticed a couple tiny spots of “bleed-thru”.
Both of them were in the crevices, like this….
I’m guessing the spray just didn’t get down into those crevices good enough.
So I just went back over those areas with liquid Shellac.
Then I gave it another coat of white. All good now!
I lightly sanded it to distress and gave it all one coat of top coat.
I had originally planned to use a stencil, in a medium blue, on the top of the table for a sort of tile-like look.
Then replace the glass piece back over top.
If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen this in my stories the day I was working on the top.
Me, changing directions?? Nooo! haha You know the right answer there.
Anyway, that was not working for me but I still wanted it to look like tile.
So I thought, why not just add some real tile?? Duh!
I mean, look at that top. It was made for tile the way it’s inset like that.
And I found this gorgeous and fun Moroccan style tile….
Here’s how I did the DIY tiled table top….
It ended up working out almost perfectly, 2 side by side.
Then I cut another piece to fit above that…. (I used a cutter like this)
And used the other half of that one piece for this side…. (so 3 in total)
I left this one long so you could see where and how I’d have to cut it.
You can see in the photo below where I had to cut the tiles.
Green line – this is where I cut the tile piece and each set of “triangles” and circles to fit.
Blue arrow – the “triangle” and circle pieces I cut to fit.
Pink arrows – I used the half circles here I cut from the other side. (see below)
Orange arrows – I had to cut all the round ones in half on this side.
Aqua arrows – I had to add triangle pieces here. I used the ones I cut from the top pieces. (see above)
I hope that makes sense!
It was actually really simple to do.
Once I had it all laid out and cut, I glued the tiles down to the wood. I don’t use mortar or any of that on these types of projects.
I kind of liked the look it had with the darker lines as it made the design pattern stand out.
So I thought a gray grout would be nice…..
But that was a big fat no, too! Ugh.
Way too dark.
So instead of trying to redo it (which would have been a big ole pain), I just let it dry and gave it a wash the next day with some white chalk paint.
And here’s what I ended up with….
Not exactly the look I was after as it ended up whiter than planned. (the grout)
I was hoping it would only whiten it up a little…but it whitened it up a lot! Oh well.
I wasn’t gonna mess with it anymore! lol
I rubbed some clear wax over the top to seal the white that I had just applied and one more coat of poly on the base.
Looks really cute in here but it’s not staying. :)
I have tiled top side tables that I did awhile back and they don’t really go with the new coffee table.
You can read all about them, here. (see one of them back there?)
But I can tell you that I’m hankering to use this tile again.
Maybe on new (old!) side tables! Hmm….that might be a thing. Stay tuned. ;)
I love the design pattern on the sides and think it’s goes great with the whimsical feel of the DIY tiled table top.
Isn’t that tile so pretty?? I just love it!
If you are interested in the rug, or any other item you see in my home, you can “Shop Our Home” >>> here.
It’s a page dedicated to all the things I’ve used here in our home.
I’m so glad I changed directions on this one.
It’s all part of that creative process. Sometimes you just have to!
Sweet little table.
I paid $14.99 for it and $7.98 for 3 sheets of tile, so not including paint, etc, the table cost me $39 ish dollars.
Not too bad!
Hope you enjoyed the DIY tiled table top project today.
It took a little longer than expected but I think it was worth it!
I think you might be seeing even more tile goodness around here soon. :)
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Want to see even more tiled projects here on the blog??
- Thrifty Print Turned Tiled Coastal Tray
- Old Frame Turned Tiled Tray
- DIY Criss Cross Tiled End Tables
- DIY Blue and White Tiled Tray Makeover (one of my favorites!)
- DIY Tiled Backsplash
- Coastal Inspired Tiled Kitchen Backsplash
Hope you have a blessed weekend! See you right back here next week with more! :)
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