DIY Tiled Tray

February 2, 2019 8 By EngineerMommy

This is a sponsored post written by me for Mosaic Tile Outlet. All opinions are mine alone.

It seems like I am always on a mission to reduce the amount of clutter in my life. One area that seems to be an ongoing problem zone is my home’s entryway. Random things get left on a table or shelf and the whole area looks untidy. In an effort to streamline my entryway, I decided to make a DIY Tiled Tray using some gorgeous metallic mosaic tiles from Mosaic Tile Outlet. This tray will be the perfect drop zone for everyday essentials, such as my keys, sunglasses, phone, etc. Keep reading to see how I made this!

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Aren’t these metallic mosaic tiles gorgeous?! 

For this tray project, I started with a thrifted tray. I have always loved a good thrift store project. There’s something so exciting about taking an item that’s dull & drab and transforming it into something spectacular! 

The first step was to slap on a few coats of paint. I chose this matte pale gray color because it’s neutral and goes well with my decor.

Next, it was time to add the mosaic tiles (here is the specific tile used) to the tray. Since this is a small craft project, I won’t be bothering with chalk lines and tile spacers, but those are must-haves when tiling a larger space. For this project, after the paint dried, I spread a thin layer of thin-set mortar (you can mix your own or purchase a pre-mixed variety). Then use a trowel at a 45 degree angle to comb through the thinset. Lay the tiles down, wiggling them slightly so that they grip the mortar.

For tiles that need to be cut, there are a few options. You can use a tile chipper, a tile snapper or a wet tile saw. A tile file is good for smoothing edges. Once the mortar has hardened for at least 12 hours, use a rubber float to spread the grout over the tiles at a 45 degree angle. Push the grout into all the grooves. 

After the grout has had a few minutes to set, use a clean sponge and a big bucket of water to remove excess grout from the tops of the tiles. I also used sandpaper to lightly distress the sides of the tray for a more rustic look.

This was a super fun project and I’m really happy with how this tray came out. I’m loving the transformation I was able to achieve here!

My entryway is much more organized now and I have a dedicated spot for my glasses, phone and keys. No longer are these items in random places! WIN!

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See how Mosaic Tile Outlet can help you achieve your home tiling dreams! Have you ever tiled a space in your own home? What DIY projects are on your list? 







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