Have you ever fallen in love with a tile? I kid you not; it was love at first sight when I first saw these ever so beautiful Laura Ashley, Heritage Collection Mr. Jones Charcoal Floor tiles. I had been looking for months for the perfect tiles for our front porch. I wanted something vintage but not traditional looking. Does that make sense?
Not too shabby chic, more of trendy vintage look. I might have driven Chris a little mad, constantly looking, as nothing was right. And then I saw Mr. Jones and wow I knew that was it. Mr. Jones was the one and would be living in my front porch very soon.
Chris got it when he saw them. I know we have a country home and tiles like this adorn the doorsteps of gorgeous porches all over cities. But I wanted a pocket of the city on our very own doorstep. And even better they are so Instagramable.
Our neighbour who does not get new fangled things such as the internet looks constantly flummoxed at the sight of me taking pictures of my feet on my beautiful new tiled porch floor, I am sure he thinks I am ever so slightly mad. Maybe he is right? But I wouldn’t know where to start explaining Instagram to him ha ha.
Anyhow tiling such a small area has its problems with pattern tiles. Because we chose to align the tiles centrally there was quite a bit of cutting to do. This meant ordering and extra box of tiles. But I was determined not to leave these beauties in a box in the shed. That would be such a waste.
I am sorely tempted to get the whole kitchen tiled in them, it would look incredible, but I know that’s a job for another day.
Last week when we were busy preparing the garden for summer we had the idea of transforming our decking table.
It was a glass-topped table and just totally unpractical with clumsy boys. Joe insists the table was slippy, hence why he spilled almost every drink he placed on it. The table was also far to light and was easily knocked, thus all drinks on it spilt.
As part of national tile week, a nationwide celebration of tiles and in conjunction with The House of British Ceramic Tile we decided that we would up-cycle the table and create a new tiled top. This would not only create a bit of weight and make the table sturdier. It would resolve Joe’s slippy surface problem and give me an excuse to use my beautiful Laura Ashley tiles.
I am going to be totally honest here, because if I don’t I will never hear the last of it. Chris is the hands on person in this house. And I am totally happy with that arrangement. With my involvement being purely on a creative and supervisory capacity!
Here is how we up-cycled our table in 5 easy steps.
1.A. Once the glass tabletop is removed measure the top and cut a piece of wood to the correct size and attach to the table with a bonding agent.
2.B. Decide on a tile arrangement and measure for any cuts needed.
3.C. We went for a metal edged strip. This is available from any hardware store.
4.D. Cut tiles with a tile cutter, ensuring you wear goggles and use a guard.
5.E. Position tiles and use tile cement and grut to secure. We went for grey for a more contemporary effect. Once the tiles are dry cut the silver strip to the correct length ensuring you cut the corners on an angle to meet neatly on the corners, and attach with bonding agent.
I am thrilled with how the table looks now. I always felt the table let our decking set down a little. Looking a little flimsy and dull. However now it is super stylish and looks so much more substantial. It just goes to show what a huge difference an up-cycle project can make. And that tiles are just not for floors and walls. They can be used in a variety of creative ways its just about being a little open-minded.
To celebrate British Ceramic Tile have an amazing giveaway. They’re offering 2 lucky people a trip to London, including 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, transport to and from London and tickets to the V&A exhibition. All you need to do is head over to the website and fill in the form, good luck.
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