Sunday, September 10, 2006

What's it all a-grout?

Since I haven't done much decorating lately, I thought I'd share a combo craft/decorating project I finally finished at the end of the summer, one that I had been planning for awhile but never got around to for many months. It's all part of my fantasy of becoming a funky mosaic artist. In fact, I've been collecting pieces of glass and tile for a few years now (even moved some broken glass from my old condo. Shhh. Don't tell my husband that).

I've had this unpainted wooden plant stand that I got from Ikea for $3 or so scheduled for my first, practice tile project, but it took me forever to find tiles to fit the space perfectly. Finally, bingo, I got lucky with these cool assorted slate ones from Home Depot (total cost: less than $20), which not only fit on the table top and second level, but also came with matching mini ones that fit on the sides.

So first I painted the plant stand black, then used off white grout (the ready mixed kind)n to stick on the tiles. After that dried I decided it would look better with grey grout, so used grey to do the finishing. Grouting is a mess, because you have to wipe off more than what stays on there, but it's really cool to see the tiles emerge from the mud.

While I had all the tiling supplies out, I also did this tray I've had planned for about a year (are you getting the proscrastination vibe?). I bought these tiles, even though they didn't fit perfectly because I loved the color and thought they had a cool Indian feel. I painted this old tray (which the previous owner of our condo left in a closet) the red from my kitchen wall. Now here's the amazing part: In order to make the narrow tiles in the middle fit, I actually sanded the edges about a 1/4 inch on two of them. This took approximately 3 hours of sanding spread out over 2 weeks. I'm learning that one of the hardest parts of tiling projects is finding tiles to fit your project. This will not be a problem with mosaics. Now that I've got grouting down, I'm ready to break some dishes. Someday I dream of a broken china kitchen backsplash (probably not in this condo, though).


At 8:54 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Oh, very cool. I have been wanting to make one of these also, and I hadn't thought of IKEA as a source for the base. Good idea.

At 4:00 AM, Blogger One Chic Chick said...

I love the look of mosaic, but you're right, it's very messy! I'm glad you stopped by my blog...I will check all of yours (5?!) out when I have more time to spend perusing! :)


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At 10:56 AM, Blogger Amy Elise Designs said...

Thanks for opening upi your home and sharing your space! I have a house that is always in need of help and organization! I like your closets! It gives me ideas!

At 12:00 PM, Blogger bluecorduroy said...

hi heidi! i just popped over from blue corduroy to let you know that i was able to comment on your comment- i was able to because for some reason your name was highlighted. you are a very diversly talented women- it was fun to see what you've got going on. i saw that you read and talked about an anne lammont book- i read one of hers a while back and really enjoyed it.

At 9:56 AM, Blogger kelly said...

Hi, thank you stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Your plant stand looks great. I love plant stands, they really add character to a boring corner!

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Teri McClain said...

I love your blogs... the stand is awesome, and your girl a after my own heart!! I lovvvve doing mosaics too. We are traveling to Vietnam next month to bring home our baby girl! Hope you have a speedy referral!!



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