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‘the diy tile cube’ inspired by IKON københavn with a lil grout twist




what you need


Tiles GET THE TILES BEFORE YOU CUT OR ORDER YOUR WOOD!

MFD wood planks

Wood glue

Dispersion adhesive

Grout in white

Water based acrylic paint to dye the grout




“be clever and plan things out first pick your tile size, get your wood according to the size of your tile sheets ”

soooo first the Math:


Get your tiles first and measure them!

I used 30x30 cm preset tiles


to get a cube with 30 cm at each side its easiest to get to top wood plank 30x30 cm cut


then to make the sides you'll need to subtract the thickness of your wood planks - to make it easy I got 1 cm thick MDF

wich resultet my other 4 wood planks to be each 29x29 cm


because the one board going on top will add 1 cm in height - same with the sides, the boards are touching / overlapping at the edges wich adds 1 cm there as well



Get started - build the cube from scratch




just to make it visual: this is how the edges are set, the top board is at the bottom in this picture

















to build the cube I used quick drying wood glue - this way the cube will be totally stable as a table - but not as a seating. if you want the option to use it as seating you should use some corner braces and screws to be safe



I started with one side and used this metal angle as a guide to get it straight


I let the first side dry for about 10 minutes before I went on with the other ones










brackets for extra sturdiness



I did put a good amount of glue since MDF is sucking up a good bit of it, you won't see it anyways so just slab it on

















the Tiling



now its gonna get messy, so make sure you protect your floor and hands


I used one if these icing flatteners for cake, you can use anything flat spatula like to smear it on
















start with the top and distribute a thin even layer of your glue


do not put too much - it will squeeze trough the tiles if you do


try to make it as even as you can - the tiles will not lay even when you have too much of a bumpy surface













that's how mine looked when I put the tile on


I started at one side and played them down evenly


press each and every one of the tiles into the glue (when you use preset tiles) this way they will look the most even



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its basically the same for the sides


I would recommend putting the tiles at the bottom first and working your way up pressing them down, this way you make sure you have a straight line at the bottom

















also another tipp: try to align the pattern of each tile sheet























the whole thing should dry over night to make sure everything is super secure and in the right place




















now the even messier part: the grout


totally would recommend having a lot of gloves and tissue paper near by

















to dye the grout mix a lot of your waterbased acrylic paint with a little bit of water


I had to mix twice because I ran out half way so I used the whole bottle of paint and about 2/3 of the cup filled with grout


do not mix wayyy too mich because you can't store this, once its mixed it will harden


but also not too less because it can happen that the colour does turn out different when you mix a second time








start with way less water than you would think - the grout should be a pretty thick consistency, a bit like soft putty




















it does look pretty crumbly but once you touch it (with gloves) you'll feel how soft it is




















The smudge:


take a hand full and massage it into all the gaps you don't need to be super exact for now just slab it on and have fun





















for the edges: I just filled them with grout and went over with my finger to smoothe them out


you don't have to worry about making everything super smooth at first, just fill all the gaps and let the grout set a bit













once you got the whole thing covered you can go back to the top where you started and just feel if it did set a little, by no means it should be hard or somewhat hard just a lil set


















once the grout has set a little bit you can take a paper towel or a sponge and wipe away the excess grout left on the surface


the grout will smear the paint a bit so the tiles will still look a bit yellow


for now its just about getting most of the 'too much grout' off














once you have wiped away the majority of the grout it will look something like that


I went ahead and went over every gap with my finger tip to soothe it out because the wiping can leave the grout a bit rough at some places



now let this set for another 10ish minutes


the grout should be somewhat pre set now - when you wipe it it shouldn't stain and smear anymore









that's the point when you can take a damp (just barely damp) paper towel to wipe away the last it of colour sheen from the tiles



once that's done your cube should look nearly finished


the grout is not completely hardened at this point so if you see some imperfections you can still Smoothie them out



let this dry over night again







you totally can make bigger ones or a tray - a whole table ... options are endless.


if you can't find cute tiles it could be an option just go with some ugly ones you like the shape of and paint the whole thing with tile paint once its finished


tiles are fun - you can do a loooooot with them














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