Tile Tray

jewelry tray

Several months ago, I bought a couple of these little wooden trays at Target for $2.50. Gotta love their little “dollar” section.

cheap tray

Several months before that, I had purchased this mosaic tile from Home Depot for $4.99. I thought it was pretty. That was my only motivation behind the purchase. I don’t necessarily recommend that.

gray mosaic tile

I’ve never tiled anything before, so I’ll  admit now that I had no idea what I was doing. I purchased this all-in-one adhesive and grout  for about $8.00. I was already spending more money than I wanted to (keep that in mind from here on out).

tile grout

I spread the adhesive onto the bottom of the tray with a piece of scrap laminate that I had from the coaster project.


And since I didn’t buy a trowel, I used a fork to score it. Remember a couple of pictures ago when I warned you about my reasoning? Just remember that now.

mosaic tile

You’re supposed to let it set for 24 hours before you then use the same product as a grout. That sounds like a lead-in for telling you that I didn’t do that. I did. I followed the directions. Please mark the date.

mosaic tile help

Once it was dry, I used my scrap laminate trowel to spread the grout all over the tile. The hardest (and most imperfect) part was trying to keep the grout from messing up the sides too much. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but I tried.

tile diy

I used a damp sponge to clean it up as much as possible. Then when it dried, I used a damp cloth to wipe the light film off it.

mosaic tile tray

And here she is. I thought this might get me one step closer to finishing the never-ending master bedroom redo.

tile tray

While I prettified it for it’s debut, I think it might be a perfect tray for my husband’s change, bullets, and golf tees. An odd combo, I know.

tile tray

Including the grout, it was about a $15.00 project. Keep in mind, however, that the grout will be used again. So let’s pretend this only cost me $7.50. That’s what I’ll be telling my husband.

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