Tile an Outdoor Tabletop
Liven up an outdoor space by brightening a plain tabletop with multihued glass mosaic tile.
Homeowner Kate Riley, who blogs at centsationalstyle.com, built the simple table here using a base of 2x4s and a 1x top, but you could easily add tile to an existing table. One bonus of building from scratch: Kate avoided cutting tile by sizing her 18-inch-wide tabletop to fit one and a half 12-inch-square, mesh-backed sheets. A tile tabletop is a fairly easy DIY—and even better, it’s a snap to maintain.
See Kate’s project here.
Prep the Surface
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.