Travertine Tile Desk

Construct a sturdy work surface using beautiful travertine tile.


This tiled desk also makes a great wet bar when it comes time for entertaining.

The frame of this sturdy desk is built from plywood, and the entire surface is covered in travertine tile.

Materials and Tools:

plywood desk frame
tape measure
safety glasses
nail gun
carpenter’s square
wet saw
notched trowel
travertine tiles
thinset tile adhesive
sand-free grout
travertine sealer


1. Measure your space using a tape measure.

2. Begin in one corner of the desk to ensure that you will begin with a square edge. .

3. Apply the thinset to the back of the first tile using the notched trowel.


4. Place the tile on the corner of the desk with your hand. Hammer two small nails partially into the desk directly below the tile. These will act as both supports and spacers for the tile.

5. Press the tile (grout side down) onto the corner of the desk using the nails as a support guide. Use even pressure so that the tile goes on smoothly.

6. If needed, use a wet saw to cut the tile to size.

7. The next tile can now be placed below the first using the same technique. Repeat until the entire desk is covered. Each tile will be placed squarely against the previous tile’s nail spacers.

8. When all the tiles have been adhered to the desk, remove nails or spaces. Use a damp sponge to apply the grout.

9. Apply a coat of travertine sealer.

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