Mosaic countertops are incredibly beautiful and they are a lot of fun to make. If you’d like to make your kitchen stand out from the crowd, it’s actually quite easy to design your own mosaic masterpiece. We’ll show you how to do it in just a few hours and get some great results. Before you get started, you’ll need a few tools and some materials. First, you’ll need: a screwdriver, a crowbar (to remove the old countertop if necessary), your tiles, your design idea, a lathe, tile caulk and some tile cement
We also recommend gloves if you don’t want to get messy. A soft, wet rag is also necessary near the end of the project.
Before you progress any further, you’re going to need to have your design planned out. Some places offer idea templates for stock designs, or you can make your own. It’s completely up to you. We recommend the following technique to make it really easy. Go to a countertop that you will not be using and lay out all of the tiles in the design you want. You can play around with it here, before they are set in stone so to speak, to work out any design flaws or make any changes. Once you’re done, leave this design intact with all of the tiles in place.
Now, go to the surface where you will be adding your tiles. The great thing about mosaic countertop tiles is that you can simply put them over your old counter if you prefer. If not, you’ll need to rip out that counter and make sure that the surface below is ready to be tiled. This means sanding it out until it is completely smooth, washing it to remove any debris and letting it thoroughly dry.
Once your surface is ready, you’re ready to start adding your tile cement. You may need to mix it depending on the type of cement you’re using, so make sure that you follow the instructions on the container. We recommend doing only one row of cement at a time just in case you need to make changes. You won’t run the risk of having the whole thing dry out if you’re doing only one row at a time.
Grab your lathe and apply a thin coat of the cement for the first row. Here’s the fun part (and it’s incredibly easy!) Go over to the counter where you laid out your design and take the first tile out. Put it in the cement, pressing it down firmly but gently. Go back to the design and grab the next tiles, repeating until your first row is done. This makes it super easy to put together your new design.
Once all of your tiles are in place, you’ll need to fill in the gaps with special tile caulk. Spread the caulk all over the tiles. It will look messy, but you’re going to wipe that off of the tiles in a second. Don’t let it dry once you’ve spread the caulk, but go back and gently wipe off the caulk from the tiles, but not from the gaps. You’re done!