If have extra ceramic or porcelain tile from a shower upgrade or a kitchen backsplash project, you can use them instantly as drink coasters on non-scratch surfaces. To protect wood furniture surfaces, just glue a layer of soft felt or thin cork to the bottom of each tile, and these durable, decorative coasters will serve you for a lifetime.
If you have larger 12-inch squares such as ceramic floor tile, you've got instant trivets to provide an insulating layer between hot casserole dishes and your dining table. Again, you can apply a non-scratch layer to the bottom of the tile if necessary. Large tile squares also convert easily to cutting boards for veggies or bread while protecting your counter tops with decorative panache.
Easy Craft Converts
While you can use tiles as instant coasters, you can also infuse them with a personal touch. Cut photos, wallpaper or other decorative prints to fit the tile top, curving the corners or using decorative-edged scrapbook scissors to add extra flair if you wish. Affix each to a tile with white glue and allow it to dry. Then, cover the top and sides of the tile with a couple of layers of decoupage coating, allowing plenty of drying time in between applications. Tie your set of personalized coasters with a pretty ribbon, and you have an instant, unique gift.
Use a leftover sheet of glimmering glass tiles to make a pretty pencil holder for somebody's desk. Simply trim the sheet to fit. Use a can or cardboard cylinder with a bottom as a base, and glue the sheet securely around it. You can expand this idea to cover a plain glass or plastic vase, a planter or a window box as well. Use leftover grout to create a completely finished look.
Upgrade with Some Help from the Pros
Find the ideal tile for your redecorating project at Young Interiors Flooring Center. We've been serving up beautiful interiors in the Carolinas since 1989. Stop by our showroom in the Grand Strand area today, and our designers will help you find the perfect products, or browse our online selection to get started now. Our professional installers ensure beautiful results for years of enjoyment.