About 1 hour of work, although you’ll need some time to let the wood trim dry after painting
DIY ceramic tile coffee table
Step 1: Measure and cut the plywood
Before assembling the LACK side table, measure the 50mm ply wood around the outside of the table top and cut to size with saw.
Lightly sand the cut edges to clean them up but not too much. Don’t round the corners and be careful of splinters. Ensure that the wood you choose is the same height as your tiles to avoid a lip between them.
Step 2: Spray the LACK
Spray or paint the wood trim to match the color of your LACK table (usually black or white). I used spray paint for convenience (laziness) but if I ever do this again, I would paint the wood as it would look nicer and will have a more refined finish.
Step 3: Add the trim
Assemble the LACK table and fix the wood trim with a suitable adhesive (wood glue etc.) around the sides of the table top. Make sure to keep the trim flush with the outside of the table top. I just butted the flat edges of the wood trim together. If I had more time, I would probably cut them with a 45 degree miter. Again a nicer and more refined finish.
Step 4: Finish tile coffee table
Fix the tiles with an adhesive. Note before fixing the tiles double check that they have the space to fit in and that the tiles have some wiggle room between them, at least 1 mm.
As the tiles are not grouted and just fixed with a basic enough adhesive, I don’t think the tile coffee table would survive for long outside, especially if it gets wet. In short it’s an indoor tile coffee table.
~ by Neil
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