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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ok...here is a project I started over a year ago. I posted about it on May 20, 2010! I finally got around to working on it :) It is a mosaic built into a vintage drawer. The pieces are made, I have them laid out and now I can't decide how to finish. To grout or not to grout?? I have very little experience working with grout and I'm afraid it will "stick" to the matte surface of my tiles. Any words of wisdom? Opinions welcome :)


14 comments:

  1. Oh it's stunning - well I have no mosaic experience but we've done tons of tile. Tumbled marble has a similar surface I would think as do many of the other natural tiles. It does take A LOT of rinsing and "spongework" to get clean but it does come clean. I would be more concerned about the grout being on the wood base as grout is less temperature sensitive then the wood which will expand and contract - I would ask at the local home store/tile store what might work best!

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  2. Oh my, that is gonna be so beautiful. Unfortunately I have no experience of working with grout myself. But I do think it would look best with the grout. Is there any way you have some scrap pieces you can do a test on first to see how it would work. I would also worry about it sticking to the matte. It might be mainly to do with how quickly you work with cleaning the excess grout off before it sticks. A guess only. Perhaps you could also work in sections to not risk any sticking. Hope you get some good advice coz I sure wanna see that thing finished. It looks so great!

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  3. no problem removing grout from your tile but I agree that the wood may tend to expand and contract thus the grout will break away from the sides - and possibly take some from around the tiles
    why not mount it on backer board (you can get thin stuff - with some floor edging and then use the drawer more as your frame then there will be no movement to your piece

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  4. P.S.
    Forgot to mention love the idea and the piece looks great

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  5. This is beautiful. Personally, I like it without the tile with the peek of the worn and aged wood below it. I too would be concerned with the wood/grout durability in temperature changes.
    It's fab.

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  6. That should have said "I like the tile without the GROUT" Grrrrrr. Still trying to wake up I guess.

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  7. This is stunning, Kylie! I am very partial to the palette and the keys. Will this be on a wall? Hmmmm.... I actually like the negative space in between but not sure how you are using it. Maybe if you glue the pieces down and then add in a layer of plexiglass over the top (you can use clear caulk to set it in semi-permanently) then that will suffice (glass would be too heavy with the tiles I would guess). But if this will be a tray that will sit on a table, then custom cut glass will slip right in there and protect it all. I think grout would be great, but I would worry about the expansion of the wood as well that would crack it for sure when it is dry. Can't wait to see what you do!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  8. I agree that grout shouldn't be used directly on the wood just in case it cracks. I like the idea of mounting the tiles with grout on a different backing board. Then you could maybe adhere that to the inside of the drawer.

    Be sure to post pics of the finished project!! :)

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  9. Use epoxy grout because it shouldn't crack. It's more resilient. I used it for my kitchen countertops. It doesn't feel appreciably different than regular grout. As long as you wipe your tiles before the grout totally dries, there shouldn't be a problem wiping it off. Good luck. I hope you post the finished project.

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  10. So many awesome suggestions! THANK YOU! I did a test section with some extra tiles- it is drying right now! I'm not sure how I'm feeling about the grout...but I'm going to keep an open mind until it is dry! I will post when finished :)

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  11. NO grout! If you are hanging on a wall, you don't need it and it is gorgeous as is! The shadowy recesses between the tiles mirror the shadowy recess of the box as a whole; i. e., the lack of grout integrates the piece as a whole - well that's my "rationale" and I'm sticking to it! (Can you tell I went to art school? lol)

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  12. I think this piece is lovely without the grout, but I always look forward to seeing the grout finish our own installations - it pulls the work together for me. The grout will definitely pull away from the box if it gets moved around at all - not necessarily a terrible thing....
    Love it!

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  13. Or you could use colored glass, iridescent glass, mirror etc as your backing - even partially grout - this way you can swap out and keep your drawer frame ad have various inserts- you could sell the drawers as the frames and have people come back to buy inserts to swap out their art

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  14. interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you



    Epoxy Grouting

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