Steps // Tile an Outdoor Tabletop
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Prep the Surface

 
Step One // Tile an Outdoor Tabletop

Prep the Surface

table before prep for tile tabletop
Courtesy of Kate Riley/www.centsationalstyle.com

Since this homeowner lives in Southern California, moisture isn’t a worry: She simply sanded her wood surface, then primed and painted it, using a mildew-resistant exterior paint. If you live in a less arid climate, you may want to tile atop a cement backing board secured to the wood with rustproof screws.

 
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Lay the Tile

 
Step Two // Tile an Outdoor Tabletop

Lay the Tile

installing the tile on top of thinset
Courtesy of Kate Riley/www.centsationalstyle.com

Working in small sections, use the flat edge of a trowel to create an even layer of thinset. Then, holding the trowel at a slight angle, use the notched end to comb it (if your tile’s clear, go back over it with the smooth edge to avoid visible stripes). To cover the tabletop’s sides, Kate cut small strips of tile and used low-tack tape to hold them in place while the thinset cured.

 
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Spread the Grout

 
Step Three // Tile an Outdoor Tabletop

Spread the Grout

spreading grout on the tiled table
Courtesy of Kate Riley/www.centsationalstyle.com

Use a float to spread a premixed, polymer grout like Fusion Pro Single-Component Grout; it lets you skip sealing, plus, unlike a cement-based grout, it won’t scratch the glass. Holding the float at an angle, push grout side to side and up and down to fill all the voids, including corners and edges. When you’re done, gently wipe away excess grout with a sponge, and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Clean the surface to remove any lingering cloudiness; then your table is all set!

 

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