9 August 2011

Tiletorial ;-)

Hello again!

Some weeks ago, I promised on request to show how to make the tile floors, since I was going to make one for Petit Brocante. I finally got there, and took some pictures of my work following the different steps of the work. Hope that makes sense, if not feel free to ask questions...

I use prints of real tiles, an I like them worn and un eaven..
I find the tiles on the internet, try google tiles (pictures of), or use this miniature link, where I found the tiles beneath.  You have to copy and paste to make a page in word or another programme to print from..I use glossy photo paper.



Then glue the print to card board (1 mm). Remember to give your prints a layer of matte varnish to avoid the colors to smudge, and let dry. Next step is to cut out the tiles..


Then you have to make a copy of the ground or wall, you want covered, I used a light card board. Glue the tiles onto the card board. Let the glue dry under a light pressure from books or the like to make the surface even. Now to the grouting process..


I use real grout like the one you would use for the tiles in your bathroom. Don´t  mix as much as I did on the above picture, I think there is enough for three floors at least ;-) I just add the grout with my fingers, maybe you want to use some kind of tool..


I use the sponge and some water (just a little) to wipe off the excessing grout. Be careful, just remove the most of it, and let dry the night over, you don´t want to ruin the "tile". The next day you can sweep the surface gently again. Then add a layer of matte varnish to seal the surface. And vupti!




...You´we got a real tile floor. But look closely (click to enlarge) at the last three pictures...I actually put too much grout between the tiles, you´ll get a much better result wiping a bit off, to get a little groove. I think this picture of one of my former floors shows this..


I hope you will have fun!


30 comments:

  1. Nagyon jó lett ! üdvözlet

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wonderful! I will be giving this a try soon!

    ReplyDelete
  3. ¡Muy buen tutorial!!
    Muchas gracias!
    Saludos
    Flor

    ReplyDelete
  4. Fantastic ... thank you :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. A very good tutorial. Thank you for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you Susanne. Just the tiletorial I was looking for. :-) I needed a solution for the grout.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great 'tiletorial' Susanne, thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Is a great tiletorial, thank you very much for sharing us! hugs

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you Susanne! It's so nice to have you back!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Takk for at du viste hele prosessen! Akkurat hva jeg trengte.
    Mona

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the floors that you made

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for the tutorial. Just what I needed :-)
    Hugs, Monique

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thanks for the tip, for the tutorial and congratulations for your beautiful work, I love your miniatures.
    Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  14. The tutorial is very good! Congratulations, great work!
    Marina

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Susanne, thanks for the explanation: it's nice to see how it works :-)
    The amazing thing is that each has its own "magic touch", and the same work is not equal to two times ...
    I wish you and your family a peaceful mid-August :-)
    Mini hugs, Flora

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you so much for your nice comments. Although this work is quite "big", it is also a field full of possibilities..and like Flora says, you will never really know where it takes you ;-)
    Love, Susanne

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you so much. I was wondering about this when I saw your last post. Now I'm going to find something to tile!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you for the lovely tutorial, Susanne. You make it look really easy. Do you paint on the matte varnish both times, or do you spray it on? Thanks!
    Jennifer

    ReplyDelete
  19. Spændende, helt sikkert noget der skal prøves. Kan man bruge en almindelig farve printer?
    hilsen Tove

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks for the great tiletorial Suzanne - I was wondering about the grouting, but you have explained everything so clearly. The finished effect is great and I will certainly be trying this out.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Jennifer: I painted it on, but much easier to use a spray, if you got one..
    Tove: Ja en helt almindelig farveprinter og blankt fotopapir..

    Love, Susanne

    ReplyDelete
  22. You have done a great job!

    ReplyDelete
  23. gracias Susanne!!!! quedo fantástico el suelo!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I had no idea how to do tiles but thanks to you i can now try it.Love your blog. Hugs Maria

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thanks a lot for the tutorial, it will be very useful one day.
    Geneviève

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank you Susanne for sharing with us this tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great tutorial, Susanne. I will be using your tech Oakes to create some tile around the kitchen sink of my Tuscan house. One question-how do you get your tiles to be so straight?

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thanks for showing your techniques. I have always admired your floors.

    ReplyDelete
  29. VERY NICE JOB, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE A VERY CREATIVE PERSON

    ReplyDelete
  30. You have made the whole process easy for me. THANK you. I was hoping someone had done it more this way than cutting and then varnishing each tile by hand before even laying it. xxxx

    ReplyDelete