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How To Up-Cycle A Garden Table With Leftover Tiles

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. So I really wanted to work out how to recycle leftover tiles to create something  beautiful. Thus I decided rather than let the tiles go to waste I would Up-Cycle A Garden Table with them.

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A Little Garden Project With The House of British Ceramic Tile

What To Do With Leftover Tiles?

Last week when we were busy preparing the garden for summer we had the idea of transforming our decking table and using the waste tiles to create a tiled table top out of my left over Laura Ashley porch tiles. They are seriously too beautiful not to make use of.

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 too light and was easily knocked, thus all drinks on it spilt.

Why We Decided To Up-Cycle A Garden Table With Leftover Tiles

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 our garden table and create a new tiled top with our leftover tiles.. 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, thus my involvement is purely on a creative and supervisory capacity!

A Little Garden Project With The House of British Ceramic Tile

A Little Garden Project With The House of British Ceramic Tile

How To Up-Cycle A Garden Table With Leftover Tiles

Here is how we up-cycled our table in 5 easy steps with spare floor tiles.

  • A. Firstly remove the table top, once the glass tabletop is removed measure the top of the table and cut a piece of wood to the correct size and attach to the table with a bonding agent.
  • B. Now decide on a tile arrangement and measure for any cuts needed.
  • C. You also need to decide on an edging, we went for a metal edged strip. This is available from any hardware store.
  • D. Cut the tiles to the correct shape with a tile cutter, ensuring you wear goggles and use a guard.
  • E. Position tiles and use tile cement and grout 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 now attach with a bonding agent.
Step by step how to create a tiled table top
our new tiles table we up-cycled with left over tiles
How to use unwanted leftover tiles
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I am thrilled with how the table looks now. I always felt the table let our decking set down a little. 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. If you thinking should I Up-Cycle A Garden Table or indeed any other piece of furniture I would say do for it.

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Jess Soothill

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Wow what a superb idea - and it looks so effective! I absolutely love it. You've made it look really stylish and so chic! Thanks for sharing xx

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SarahJChristie

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Ah thanks Jess I am so thrilled with how it has turned out x

Kerry Villers

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

This looks brilliant and you're so right, glass is dangerous with kids. A few weeks ago, Elodie cut her head open on one of ours. Safety aside, the tiles look much nicer anyway! Xx

SarahJChristie

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Oh no thats awful, there is the exact reason to do this, it is so much prettier and safer x

Carly @acupfullofglitter

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Wow what a fab idea. I love the idea of having a tiled table top and those tiles are just gorgeous. I did laugh about your neighbour! I think mine thinks exactly the same! #HomeEtc

SarahJChristie

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Ha ha yes I must look mad, I live the infinitude result Carly it looks so great x

Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Oh Sarah!!! I think this is my fave upcycle ever — it looks fabulous!! Love the tiles too — I'm wanting something similar for our ensuite. There is actual CARPET in there at the mo!! LOL!! Who has carpet in a bathroom?? Apart from me of course ;)

SarahJChristie

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Caro I just love the tiles they are so beautiful, and look amazing on the table. Thanks so much my lovely x

lynn neal

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Great results, looks like it has been purchased fro a high end shop!

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