My project this go around is a mosaic tile serving tray. We recently traded in our hideous, beat up, dog chewed coffee table for a cute pale gray & white chevron storage ottoman. The problem? We eat dinner in front of the TV, and the ottoman isn’t quite as useful as the coffee table for that. Especially with a cat who likes to knock drinks over and a crazy dog. So, we needed a tray to set our drinks in, hold remotes & hair ties, and all that jazz.
My search for one did not turn out well. All of the ones I found were really cheaply made, and I knew the second Buddy pawed at it, he’d manage to knock it off the ottoman. I wanted something sturdier, without paying a fortune, so I decided to make something myself. Partly because I wanted something sturdy & well made. Partly because I wanted an excuse to buy this gorgeous mosaic tile from Home Depot I had been coveting (the picture does not do justice to this tile, btw).
|This beauty definitely inspired me. But $265? No thank you.|
|A little more budget friendly. $54.75|
|A crafty, DIY version…|
Grouting was way, way easier than I thought it would be. I put it off for ages, but it seriously took about 15 minutes. It was slightly messy, but not bad at all. Now I’m ready to tackle a back splash 😉
Once the grout and polyurethane was dry, Graham put it together using his Kreg and drilling pocket holes. This thing is really, REALLY secure, which is a must since it weighs a TON!
A few tips & tricks:
- Wait till the tile is grouted before attaching the sides. Grout is messy, and I didn’t want to mess up the sides during the gluing or grouting process.
- Use a soft cloth to apply the polyurethane. I used a foam brush for the first coat and the texture was really rough. The second coat was applied with a piece of an old t-shirt and it was super smooth & polished.
- They make a combination adhesive/grout. If I had known about that, I would have bought that instead of using wood glue & grout.
Grand Total: $35.77
***Home Depot & Lowes offer a 10% military discount, which is why there may be discrepancies between my stated price and the prices online. My total though factors in the discounted price.
So definitely not the cheapest project ever, but the cheap, already damaged one I saw at Hobby Lobby was $20 (on sale). The rest of the ones I saw were a heavy plastic. I wanted something made of real wood, sturdy and something I knew would last for a while, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this turned out. Not to mention I have tile left, grout left, and I still have the float, so if I decide to make another one it won’t be nearly as pricey.