Adding Recessed Tile to a Dining Table

The center is cut out of an old wooden table and recessed tiles are put in its place to give the table some Tuscan style.
Tuscan Patio Dining Area With Wood Table

Tuscan Patio Dining Area With Wood Table

The recessed-tile center adds charm to this rustic-style table and serves as a built-in holder for hot pots.

From: Design on a Dime

The recessed-tile center adds charm to this rustic-style table and serves as a built-in holder for hot pots.

Materials and Tools:

12x12 granite tiles
hardy board
tile adhesive
waterproofing sealer
four 1x4 pine
circular saw
jig saw
Brad nailer and nails
drill
measuring tape and straight-edge ruler

DOD2601-Table-Before-s4x3

DOD2601-Table-Before-s4x3

From: Design on a Dime

Steps:

1. Depending on the style of your table, you may have to remove the table base to add the recessed tiles. We removed our base to make the project easier and to add extra support to the table.

2. With a measuring tape and a straight edge, measure and mark the placement for the 12x12 tiles in the center of the table.

3. Drill holes in each of the four corners of the rectangle to make room for the jig saw. Use the jig saw to cut out the rectangle.

DOD2601-Inset-Table-s4x3

DOD2601-Inset-Table-s4x3

From: Design on a Dime

4. Cut the 1x4s and nail them around the perimeter of the rectangle from the underside of the tabletop. Cut shorter strips of pine to extend across the frame and serve as further support for the hardy board and tiles.

5. Cut the hardy board to size and place it into the rectangle.

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DOD2601-Slate-Insets-s4x3

From: Design on a Dime

6. Using tile adhesive, adhere the granite tiles to the hardy board.

7. Fill in around tile edges with wood filler and spray waterproof sealer over entire table.

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