During an innocent trip to Lowe's for some lightbulbs, out of the corner of my eye, I spied some GORGEOUS glass tile:
At $4.98 for a 12x12 sheet of tile, I couldn't pass it up. I purchased two of them. I knew it would be the perfect touch to the fireplace. I've never tiled before, so I asked a nice Lowe's employee to point me in the direction of the smallest amount of mortar and grout that I could buy. I knew I only needed a little bit because the area was so small. He showed me two tubs of both that were perfect. I picked up a trowel and a grout sponge and I was ready to go.
The mortar was a ready-to-use, no mix adhesive and the grout was unsanded white. I just had to add water to it.
First, I cut the sheet almost in half with a box cutter and matched it up the way it would be on the fireplace.
After I scored the tile, I just used the pliers to snap it where it was scored. I did it over a trash can in case the glass shattered. I did have one shatter, but the rest were a success.
Once all the pieces fit, I was ready to start "actually" tiling.
I spread the adhesive on with a scraper tool and then used a 1/4" square notched trowel.
In hindsight, I probably should have used a smaller grooved trowel, but it got the job done. Then I just placed the strips of glass tile on the adhesive and then placed the smaller pieces on the ends. Everything fit perfectly.
Once it was dry, I could start the grout. First I had to tape paint stirrers to the bottom of where I just tiled so that I could grout an end.
For the grout, I added water and mixed it up. Then I just plopped it on over the tile with the scraper, making sure to push it in each crevice. If I happened to see an air bubble, I just put a little grout on my finger and shoved it in the bubble.
After that, I used the sponge and wiped the grout off in a diagonal fashion. This ensures that you're not actually wiping out the grout, but moving it more into the crevices. Make sure to have a bucket of water to rinse out the sponge (You will do it often). A rag is also useful in case you need to wipe something down.
Once the grout dried for about a day, I used the scraper to separate the grout from the paint stirrers. They came off fairly easy. Some grout came with it, but not too much. Then I took some sandpaper to smooth out the edge.
After that, the tile was practically finished ! I just needed to seal it. I just followed the directions on the back and used a paint brush to brush the sealer over the tile. I put one coat on, let dry for about 15 minutes, put on another coat, and then wiped it off. So simple !
I LOVE the way that the tile looks on the fireplace. Not too shabby for my first tiling job.
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