Step 9: Wait Before You Grout

Wait 24 hours before grouting the tile «»
Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before removing the weights, popping the board out of the table base, and grouting the tiles.

Use a sanded grout for filling gaps inch wide or wider. Spread a thick coat of grout over the surface, and then work it into the gaps.

Rosi's Tip: "For small tile jobs, I use an old rubber spatula, instead of a trowel, to work the grout into tight spaces. It's more flexible, and it spreads the grout like cake frosting."
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    Tools List

    • wet saw
      Wet tile saw
    • grout sponge
      Tile grout sponge
    • plastic spacers for tile
      Plastic spreader
    • margin trowel
      Small trowel or old batter spatula
    • rubbing stone
      Grindstone
    • latex gloves
      Latex gloves
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged tiles: $3 to $65, depending on size, detail, and rarity; Recycling the Past

    2. Vintage metal table base: find these on eBay and at flea markets for about $15

    3. Tile spacers: use 1/8-inch thick Masonite board (sold at your local lumber yard) or purchase 1/8- and 1/4-inch tile spacers (at hardware stores) 4. Weldbond polyvinyl glue, $3.50 at Ace Hardware

    5. Henry 314 Multipurpose Ceramic Tile Adhesive (small container)