Transform Your Outdoor Space

Transform Your Outdoor Space

If you have a patio, deck or porch that needs some TLC, where do you start? Whether your space is completely outdoors or enclosed, it can be a wonderful spot to spend your time. Imagine relaxing on your beautiful porch with a cup of coffee and a good book or having a cocktail with friends on your inviting patio. Sounds great, right? Well, not so much if your outdoor hangout space is lackluster, in need of a good cleaning, or just dull. But don’t fear! There are easy ways to spruce up your space, so you actually want to spend time there. After all, why waste the living space in and around your home? Read on for tips on how to transform your outdoor space into a haven.

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Planning a Pool Party: Part 1

Planning a Pool Party

It’s summertime here in Florida and boy, do we feel it! With the temperatures climbing and the humidity rising, it can get pretty uncomfortable to be outside here on the Space Coast. Luckily, many Brevard County residents have a pool to cool down in. A pool affords the opportunity to soak up some sun (in moderation) and cool off when the rays get to be too much. So, if you’re one of the many residents of Melbourne or Palm Bay who has the luxury of a backyard pool, why not throw a fun pool party and invite your friends and family? Here are a few ideas to help beat the heat and make memories while doing so.

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Making a Mosaic Tabletop with Tile: Part 2

In a previous blog, we covered the first steps of building a mosaic tabletop. Once you’ve chosen your color palate, selected the tiles you’d like to use, and broken the tiles into manageable pieces, you’re ready for the next steps. Continue reading to learn how to transform an old table into a masterpiece!

Sort the Tiles

Collect the broken pieces of tile, turn them right side up, and sort them according to color. Like we mentioned in our previous blog, we’d advise you to stay away from choosing too many colors and stick to a handful of hues so your finished project ends up looking cohesive. However, you’re the artist, so if your vision includes tons of bright colors, go for it!

Determine How to Arrange the Tiles

Planning out how you want your table to look is always a smart idea. Experiment arranging the tiles in different patterns until you find what you like. Snap a photo to refer to and return the tiles into their color-coordinated piles.

Prepare the Tabletop

Before you arrange your tiles on the tabletop, you need to prepare it. If it’s made of wood, sand the surface, dust it, and wipe it down with a wet cloth. If the surface is made of a material other than wood, skip the sanding and simply wipe down the table. Let it dry completely.

Apply Adhesive

Once you’ve gotten your tiles sorted by color, prepared your tabletop, and have an idea of how you’re going to arrange them, you can start on your mosaic. If you’d like to make the tile pieces fit better or change their shapes, you can use tile nippers to cut the tiles. These can be purchased from an art supply store.

Apply adhesive like mortar or tile glue on the bottoms of the tiles and press them firmly on the tabletop. Start from the outsides and work your way in, arranging the tiles in the pattern you like. Be sure to leave some space in between the tiles so you can apply grout later to make the surface even. Once you’ve finished gluing the tiles, let them dry overnight.

Grout the Table Top

Grout fills the spaces between the tiles so they won’t move and makes the surface smooth. Purchase grout powder from your local art supply or hardware store and mix it with water according to the directions. Ensure it’s mixed well. Next, use a trowel or a flat-surfaced tool to spread the grout over the tiles. Make sure to fill in the cracks and smooth the surface with your tool so it’s evenly applied. Then, use a plastic card to scrape excess grout off the surface of the tiles. Let the grout dry for 24 hours.

Final Steps

Once the grout has completely dried, use warm water and soap to wipe the surface. This will get rid of any grout that remains on the tiles. You may need to use a sponge if it doesn’t come off easily. When the tabletop looks nice and shiny, wipe it with a clean, dry rag. Then spray a sealant to coat the surface of the grout. Wipe the sealant off the tiles since it’s only the grout that needs to be sealed. Once the sealant has dried, voila! Your mosaic tile tabletop is complete.

At Island Tile, we specialize in floor and wall surfaces. If you’d like our professional team to install beautiful mosaic glass or decorative tiles on your floor or wall surfaces, come into our Melbourne, FL showroom today.

Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 2

Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 2

In our last blog, we talked about several great events and activities going on our area this summer for the whole family to enjoy. From creating pottery to seeing plays and attending reading programs, there is no shortage of fun here in Melbourne, FL!

Island Tile is proud to be a part of this community, which is why we enjoy sharing some of the unique things the Space Coast has to offer. Whether it’s date night, you’re flying solo or you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, check these fun things to do here in Brevard!

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Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 1

Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 1

Island Tile has been proudly serving Brevard County for over 30 years, beautifying homes and businesses all over the Space Coast. Our roots in our community run deep, and we’re lucky to call this slice of paradise our home. This area truly is a paradise! We have the beach, the Indian River, palm trees, and islands to top it off!

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Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Backsplash

Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Backsplash

Is your bathroom boring? Tired of looking at the stark white wall while you’re showering? Why not give it a pop of color by adding a backsplash to your Melbourne, FL bathroom? This is a creative way to enhance the look of the room without completely renovating, which can be costly. There are so many different types of backsplash tiles to choose from, and at Island Tile, this is an area we specialize in! Read on for some tips to consider when shopping for the perfect backsplash.

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Creative Summertime Crafts Using Tile: Part 2

Creative Summertime Crafts Using Tile

With the approach of summer break, children and teenagers alike will have time to enjoy away from school, homework, and studying. While they might enjoy all the extra time on their hands for a while, inevitably, most parents know they will hear “There’s nothing to do, I’m so bored!” from their kids at some point this summer. At Island Tile in Melbourne, FL, we’re here to the rescue with some fun summer activities to entertain bored kids (and bored adults!). In our previous blog, we went over a couple fun summertime crafts involving tile that people of all ages can enjoy. We’d like to continue this trend, and we hope these craft ideas come in handy this time of year!

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Creative Summertime Crafts Using Tile: Part 1

Creative Summertime Crafts Using Tile: Part 1

Summer break is upon us in Brevard County, and students are ready for it! Kids of all ages from Palm Bay to Melbourne, FL and beyond have been dreaming of what they’ll do over break. Perhaps they’re imagining lazy days spent at the beach, or maybe they can’t wait for a trip to Disney World. While summer break is a wonderful time of year for children and teens, for adults (especially ones with full-time jobs) summer break is no break at all! It means entertaining the kids and making sure they’re looked after if they’re too young to be trusted on their own.

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How to Choose the Right Tile for Your Shower

Choosing the right tile for your shower

With the housing market booming here in Brevard County, plenty of homeowners are making updates to get higher asking prices when selling their homes. Conversely, buyers are busy updating their newly purchased homes to fit their style preferences. Bathrooms are one of the most common rooms that buyers and sellers choose to update. Some things that can make a big difference to the look and feel of a bathroom is the appliances, fixtures, and tile. If you are one of the many Space Coast residents looking to update your bathroom, here are some things to consider when picking out shower tile.

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Making a Mosaic Tabletop with Tile: Part 1

Mosaic Tabletop

If you’re a fan of DIY home improvement projects, making a mosaic can be a fun and rewarding undertaking that will let you tap into your artistic side. At Island Tile, Melbourne, FL’s top tile distributor, we thought our readers might enjoy learning how to spruce up their furniture using, you guessed it, tile! Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to easily make a mosaic tabletop.

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