Have you ever looked on enviously at a mosaic design and wished you had something similar in your home. Well, you don’t need to pay big money to have it done. With a little practice and easy instructions, anyone can create a DIY mosaic design.
I know it sounds daunting, but believe me, it’s a lot simpler than it may seem. To begin with, the first thing you need is an idea. At this point, it’s a good idea to scour Pinterest and similar websites for mosaic designs that you love. Once you’ve found one that you think will work in your home, it’s time to get to work.
Firstly, you need to think about where the mosaic is going to go in your home. Keep in mind that you can successfully produce a mosaic on almost any surface, but the most popular locations are kitchen and bathroom. Here’s what you’ll need to get going:
The basis of any mosaic is in the quality of its tiles. For your first time, I recommend using cement tiles for a variety of reasons. First of all, they eliminate the need to worry about chipping. Unlike conventional tiles, chips in cement tiles are almost unnoticeable. If you do have an accident during your first attempt, it’s not the end of the world. They’re not just limited to newbies, though. They’re a solid choice for any mosaic designer. Prices can vary, so make sure to request a quote for cement tiles to find the best deal for you.
Once you’ve bought your tiles, the fun really begins. Have you had a particularly hard day at work? Maybe family life is starting to stress you out. If you’ve got any frustrations, it’s time to vent them. Wrap up your tiles in some cloth or fabric and start smashing! I’d recommend using a hammer in order to avoid any rogue pieces from flying at someone’s face, though. This is what will create that broken look that is so popular in mosaic design. You want to a mix of sizes, so make sure there’s some method to your madness.
Now is the time to piece together your mosaic. Use cement or plaster to fix them to your wall, floor, ceiling or surface of choice. They won’t fit together perfectly, but don’t worry – that’s the point. Keep in mind, though that you don’t want the gaps between each piece to be too wide. That will ruin the final outcome. After they’ve been put together in some kind of logical order, get to painting. Reference the design you picked earlier and try your best to match it up. Don’t fear experimenting, though! You will probably make a mistake, but that’s okay. Mosaics aren’t supposed to be perfect; that’s the point!
After your design is done and dry, you’ll need to grout the tiles. You’re not limited to white, shop around for the best colours to match your design! Once it’s been left overnight to set, you’re done! Stand back and admire your handiwork, and share your design in the comments below!