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January 11th 2017
Her Unique Ceramic Tile Doormat Says 'Hi There' To Everyone Who Walks In. How Delightful!
She calls it her own “stomping ground of happiness.” Annie of Annie Franceschi made this awesome mosaic tile doormat for her front door.
It may look daunting because tiling and mosaic work sounds very difficult, but Annie breaks it down easily for any DIYer to tackle!
She gathered her supplies from Lowe’s and Home Depot, running only up to $30 for this project.
Annie used a 20x30” piece of tile backerboard as the base of her doormat. She printed out a template for the “hi there” design on 11x17” paper.
Work outside in a well ventilated area. Set out the tile backerboard onto a work surface.
Annie colored the back of her “hi there” design in dark crayon. She taped it down onto the backerboard and used a pen to rub the outlines of the words onto the backerboard.
When the paper is removed, there should be a faint outline of “hi there” on the backerboard. Annie then outlined it in Sharpie so that it would be easier to see and work with.
She smashed up four 6x6” black ceramic tiles into tiny pieces using a hammer and screwdriver. Using a plastic knife, she spread white unsanded grout onto the back of the pieces and began to fit them into the outline of “hi there.”
Then, she grabbed her twelve 6x6” white ceramic tiles and smashed them into 3-4 large pieces. She spread a generous amount of unsanded grout directly onto the rest of the tile backerboard surrounding the “hi there” design.
Place the white tile pieces onto the backerboard, working from the edges into the center. Smash the white tile into smaller pieces, arranging them as you go. Allow the tiles to set overnight.
The next day, spread sanded grout into the crevasses left by the tile. Let it rest for a bit and then sponge off the excess. Seal the doormat with standard tile and grout sealer to protect it from the elements.
Now that beautiful doormat welcomes everyone into your home! See more here.
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