Topps Tiles competition

I love being asked to enter competitions that involve being given resources that I would never usually buy or pick myself as it forces me to think in a different way and come up with new ideas. This time round, Topps Tiles sent me some mosaic tiles and glue and asked me to craft an item using the tiles. This was pretty tricky as I wouldn’t have chosen the colours that I was sent so I had to think hard. Here’s what I came up with…

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

I was sent two sheets of tiles and a couple of bottles of mosaic tile glue, which is pretty great stuff.

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

I decided to mosaic the base of a plain, wooden tray. I started by painting the tray with some left over Annie Sloan Antoinette pink chalk paint.

I picked off all of the baby pink tiles from the brownish sheet and combined them with the white ones to make a pastel pink garden drinks tray.

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

All you have to do with the mosaic tile glue is apply a coat to the base of the tile, wait a few seconds and then stick it straight onto your surface. No need for messy grout!

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

I decided to stick the tiles close together to form a smooth surface and no need for grouting.

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

All done and ready for pretty pink summer drinks and strawberries on my roof terrace!

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

How to make a mosaic tiled tray www.apartmentapothecary.com

What would you have made?

Thank you to Topps Tiles for the resources πŸ™‚

Katy x

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18 Comments

  1. 26th June 2014 / 6:45 am

    How lovely, and v clever to pick out the pale pink ones! πŸ˜‰

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:30 am

      Thanks, Caroline! x

  2. Kitty
    26th June 2014 / 8:15 am

    Love those little tiles – I want to tile my kitchen with them. Maybe I could make a matching tray too! I have no idea what I would have made – would have been a bit stumped by the brown. Well done!

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:31 am

      Yes, the brown tiles were a bit problematic. Hope the tiling of your kitcehn goes well πŸ™‚

  3. becky
    26th June 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Great idea – love it!! xx

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:31 am

      Thanks, Becky! x

  4. 26th June 2014 / 2:55 pm

    This looks awesome. I love it. I’m such a huge fan of trays at the moment and got a beautiful mosaic one from TK Maxx a while ago for my bar area and it makes me smile.

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:32 am

      Love a good TK Maxx find πŸ˜‰

  5. Courtney
    26th June 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Look at your view! So jealous! Lovely tray too πŸ˜‰

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:33 am

      It is a pretty amazing view. We have a 360 degree view of central London, which is great especially during big national events like New Years Eve or the Olympics as we can see all the action.

  6. 26th June 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Ahhhh so clever and looks quick+easy! Must try this xx

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:34 am

      Very quick and easy with the glue as no need for grout. Plus, it isn’t ‘proper’ mosaics as I didn’t cut any tiles to shape πŸ˜‰

  7. 27th June 2014 / 7:02 am

    Now, lovely, my mosaic piece is a little bit more complicated with having to cut tiles to fit shapes:-)) Still think you’re up for it….

    Great tray!

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:35 am

      Ha! No time for all of that! Also, I didn’t have enough of a variety of colours for cutting them into shapes. I’d love to help with your project though x

  8. Gigi
    27th June 2014 / 3:26 pm

    Genius!

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:35 am

      Thanks, Gigi! x

  9. 29th June 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Ooh a lovely idea, love your terrace too! x

    • katy
      8th July 2014 / 11:36 am

      The terrace is great – need a decent outside space in London otherwise you can begin to feel very hemmed in x

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