Transform Your Furniture With Tile

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Hello friends!

Happy New Year and happy first Trash To Treasure Transformation Tuesday of the new year! Woohoo! That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?? Ha!

I hope the new year is treating you well. I am in ‘techy’ mode this month working on things around here (the blog) that need updating etc. I am also reviving my food blog >>> Foodie Chicks Rule. Lots of fun new things planned over there too! If you didn’t know I had another blog, a food blog, check it out here! (keep in mind though, if you do visit, that I’m redesigning the site…and it’s not quite finished)

Okay, so I am so happy you are here and I can’t wait to share my first makeover of 2024 with you today. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to see my friends’ makeovers too. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done this month!

Transform Your Furniture With Tile

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I love working with tile in my makeovers!
I’ve done many. I’ll link a few right here before we get started if you want to take a look.

Told ya!! Quite a few there.

Here’s what I’m tiling today.


wood stained rectangular table before and tiny black and white dog

Spy my cutie??

Step one is to clean the table. I used TSP Alternative Cleaner for this.

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I will usually measure and try to fit tiles to whatever I’m tiling so I won’t have to do any cuts. I can usually always do this!
Since I couldn’t make it work with all the big tiles, I decided to line the edges with this to make up some of the difference.

navy blue rectangle tiles


Like so…

decorative white and blue tiles with navy blue tiles on the edges of table top

Just about perfect! Yay!

I did have to cut off the “connectors” before I began though.

cutting rubber backing from between tiles

Simple to do, just time-consuming.


There are several ways to do this part. You can use mortar or glue. The table will be heavy enough with the tiles, I didn’t want to add to the weight by adding mortar. Plus I feel like it isn’t really necessary as the tiles are decorative.

applying E6000 glue to tile backs

I use E6000 glue for this step. It holds VERY WELL.

Here they are all glued in.

tiles set with E6000 glue on the table top

Be sure to keep checking them for a few minutes as they can sometimes shift right at first. And once they are stuck, they are stuck!

Now you will leave it to dry for a day or two. I actually began this project before Christmas and just finished it up this past weekend so mine sat for a few weeks. You don’t have to wait that long though.


I used pre-mixed grout in Bright White. (which you’ll see is not really that bright, or white, lol)

pre mixed grout

Apply it with a grout float. I used this one because it was the first one I came across in my tile stash. I linked the one that you’ll want to use though.

grout added to grout lines

You’ll do this just like any other tile project.


Using a large sponge, go back over to remove excess grout. Washing and squeezing the sponge dry several times in between.

wiping excess grout with sponge

Do this until you have the excess gone. Then wipe away the haze, if any.


painting the wood portions of table

I had thought I was going to use Picket Fence for this table. Partly because the grout was “Bright White”. But as you can see, the Bright White is not very white. So the base coat is Picket Fence.

Then I used “Transition”, which is an off-white paint we carry that is used in between coats of paint when going from dark color to light. It’s much cheaper ($9.99) than the paint colors and a great choice when going from dark to light colors when more than a few coats will be needed.

jar of Transition paint

After a coat of base paint (Picket Fence) and one coat of Transition, I added one coat of Cashmere.

paint brush with table

Which is a perfect match for “Bright White” grout!


sanding the edges

I used sandpaper to distress the edges on this one. There were so many details in the wood of this piece and I sort of wanted to make them pop.


black sponge applying topcoat to table leg

I used our Tough Coat Application Sponge to apply the top coat. There is no need to apply a top coat to Fusion Mineral Paint but I wanted to seal where I distressed. Plus it gives a little extra protection.

Cashmere is a beautiful shade! It shows a little yellow in my kitchen lighting photos but the photos below are much more true to life.

table decorated in front of couch

A great neutral shade.

table decorated in room

**The table is a little small for this area so this is just for “after” photo purposes.

And this one wouldn’t stay out of the living room. Haha!!

big white dog

Piper’s eyes are always so wild-looking! I just love them though.

white large dog and small black and white dog

Then he proceeded to just plop down and go to sleep while I was trying to take my photos. haha!

big white dog laying on rug

Nope, buddy, you’ve gotta go out! Peep him over there??? lol Too funny!

tiled table styled in living room

top view of styled table top

up close of distressed legs

up close of distressed details

up close of distressed details on side of top

So much detail on this one, that I had to bring some of it out with distressing.

Look at how well that grout blends right into the paint around the edges. (I did not paint the grout)

top view of tiled table with paint and grout

I love the design with the darker blue border. That only happened because I needed a “filler”…love it!

top side view of tiled table top

top view of tiled top

Don’t mind my slippers in that photo! lol Piper chases my feet when I walk around wearing them. So funny.
She thinks they are chew toys for her to play with.

top view of styled tiled table top

Have you ever done anything with furniture and tiles?

living room with tan couches and tiled table styled

Isn’t tile so fun?? The tile on the tabletop completely transformed this little table. I could see it being used as a side table or even in a garden room for plants. Lots of things you could do with it. So unique! And even more so now that it is tiled on the top.

PIN it to save it!

Learn how to easily transform furniture with tile! Give your old piece a brand new, updated look with decorative tiles!

Don’t go yet! 

Hop on over and visit my friends’ makeovers too!

trash to treasure before

  1. Salvaged Inspirations
  2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer 
  3. Prodigal Pieces
  4. Girl in the Garage

Want to see more Trash to Treasure makeovers? Click here!

Have a wonderful week!



  1. I always get inspired by your tile projects, and this one is no exception! You did a fabulous job! Where did you purchase the tile? And I didn’t know that you have a food blog; I’ll check it out.

    1. Thanks, Sherri! So happy to hear that! I found the tile at Lowe’s. I will update the post with info, sorry, I totally blanked on that! Yes, I started the food blog back in 2014/2015 but it was just a lot to keep up with but I’m going to take it on again! ;) xo

  2. Great update to a plain vintage table!
    I’m interested in the white pillows with the black and pink-salmon stitching – purchased or updated?

    1. Thanks, Gwen! The pillow covers are from Amazon. Here is my aff link. Unfortunately it looks as if they no longer have that colorway, only black and gold. Keep an eye on the link though because they may come back! xo

  3. Hi Nancy and Happy New Year! I have always loved your tiled projects and I think this might be my favorite. I have never tried it but I have some trays I might try this on so I Pinned for later. Ryder looks so happy and Piper is so cute. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Cheryl! I love playing with tile and will probably do a bunch this year. And yes, definitely, do give it a go on a tray first. That’s the perfect place for pretty tiles. The pups are always the stars as they should be! ;) xo

  4. Great table for tiling! Love the tile! I think it will be better as a side table and perfect to set your drinks on!

  5. Oh Nancy! That’s one of your best! What an amazing transformation. That table is soooo cool now! It’s begging for lemonade days or tea time, isn’t it? And safe to burn candles without worry – love love love it. You did a GREAT job!

  6. Hi Nancy. I really love what you did with tiles! I’ve never worked with tile so I was glad to see how you transformed and otherwise “sleepy” table. What is the size of your tiles?
    Great job, as always!

    Your fur babies are just adorable and they MUST make an appearance. Lol

    1. Thanks, Caye! The tiles were about 6×6 (I’ve linked them to the blog post now). Tile is fun to work with. Love the design options! And thank you, don’t you know it!! I try to get them in a shot here or there…and sometimes, as this time, I don’t have to try too hard!! lol xo

  7. I LOVE your tile projects. I am on the lookout for a coffee table with an “edge” to hold the tile. I have some 1930’s Spanish tiles I have been holding onto FOREVER!!! In the 1970’s!!! My parents bought a fixer upper home in Santa Barbara, CA. The backyard was so overgrown. When they chopped it all down there was the table with these AMAZING tiles!!! They used the table for years until it fell apart. Mom was going to dump it….I snagged the tiles!!!! You gave me the idea of what to do with them. I have used them as coffee mug holders. They are unbelievable gorgeous and many have asked if I would sell them!!!!…..NO!!!!

    1. Aw, thanks sweet Addie! Yes, yes, go find you one to play with and make pretty! Since you already have some, I say do it! I love that you thought to save them, good job! xoxo

  8. Ooh!!!! Love this one, Nancy! First, the table itself is really cute, great details! Second, Tte tile is so pretty! I love good blue & white decor!!!!!

  9. Love the table transition and the color used. Can you share where you purchased your sofa? Exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you in advance.

    1. Thanks Cher! The couches are from IKEA. Ektorp is the style which unfortunately has been discontinued. It’s hard (very hard) to find a smaller sectional like this one. When we bought it new, I bought two covers. (having a second just in case, you know) They discontinued shortly after. I wanted to get a second one for our beach condo. Since they were discontinued, I found a used one on FB Marketplace nearby and bought it and put the new cover on it. SO glad I had the extra cover! So with that, if you need a smaller one like this, I’d say keep an eye out on FB Marketplace. Bet you’ll find one eventually! xo

  10. What a great makeover. Love the tile and the border tile. Looks so pretty. Always love seeing the furry ones too.

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