08-27-2012 01:52 PM - last edited on 11-09-2012 09:28 AM by HomeDepotTara
We put together these fun serving trays for use on your patio or deck. They are a great way to kick off one more garden party before the seasons change.
Here is the HOW TO:
Mosaic Tile Serving Tray
Time: 24hrs (to allow for grout drying)
- 12”x12” sheet mosaic tile
- Pre-mixed grout
- Tile sealer
- Drawer pulls/handles
- ½” MDF
- 3/8” Sande-ply
- 5/8” finishing nails
- Titebond wood glue
Cut 3/8” Sande-ply into 12”x12” squares. Using a 2’x2’ sheet of plywood will provide you enough material to create four tray surfaces or put the excess away for another project. The half inch MDF should be cut into two lengths of 12” and two lengths of 13”.
After completing all of your cuts we can begin to lay our tile, keep in mind that a successful tile job takes time even if you don’t intend to walk on it, so allow manufacturer suggested drying periods between steps. Apply the simple mat to the 12”x12” square making sure to smooth it out to avoid air bubbles or creases. Place the tile onto the simplemat and apply light pressure to make sure all tile pieces set properly.
Remember don’t remove the final protective film layer from the simplemat until you are ready to set your tile, and since simplemat doesn’t require any curing your ready to grout your tile as soon as everything is securely in place. For natural stone tiles make sure to apply a sealer before grouting.
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The frame is made up of the MDF pieces we cut earlier. Create the frame by enclosing the 12” lengths within the longer 13” lengths. The frame is held together using wire nails and titebond wood glue, MDF can split so be sure to take your time when hammering in your nails.
While the grout continues to dry we can paint the frames and add our hardware. We used a paint plus primer for our colors. If you plan on using a paint without an included primer you will need to prime the MDF before painting. Apply one coat and allow it to dry completely. Once drying is done, sand and measure for the hardware of your choice. Apply a final coat and complete any needed tough up work.
Once the grout has completed drying you can insert the 12”x12” tile square snugly into the frame. Secure the tile board into place using nails along the bottom of the frame and into the tile board, alternatively you could pre-drill and use small wood screws. Touch up the nail heads with paint and attach the hardware.
The last step is to grout the joints with a color that compliments the design. You may want to seal the surface again after the grot has cured.