How to recycle your tile samples
Your samples have arrived in the post from Tile Warehouse and you’ve been busy putting them to good use, trying them out in different rooms at different times of the day, until you’ve decided on which tile for which room and on which surface.
But what to do with your sample tiles once you’ve placed your order. Rather than leave them in the garage somewhere to gather dust, or even worse, take them to the tip, have you thought instead about repurposing them. It’s a lot easier than you think and with a few clever DIY tricks they can become the greener way to redecorate.
Forget tea coasters and try tile coasters instead. Most tile samples are 10 x 10cm which ironically is the same circumference as your average tea or coffee mug.
So why not take your square tile sample and turn it into a quirky tile coaster (or coasters) for when family or friends pop round for a brew.
Don’t forget to order some felt pads from somewhere like Wilko’s for the backs of the tiles to ensure they don’t scratch your table. The pads usually come with a self-adhesive patch to stick onto the corners of the reverse of your tile.
We don’t know about you but boiled eggs and soldiers while watching Sunday Brunch is right up there for us when it comes to one of the highlights of the weekend.
But as anyone who has had breakfast in bed will testify, it can be a nightmare trying to balance said boiled and eggs. Not anymore especially with a personalised breakfast tile tray.
Making your own tray couldn’t be easier. All you need is either some old leftover tiles which you will need to cut to the size of the inside of the tray and a strong glue to stick them onto the tray. To add a finishing touch why not apply a small amount of grout in between your tiles to fill any spaces. Don’t forget to use tile spacers to ensure your spaces across your tray.
And voila, you’ve got yourself your very own custom tray, ready and waiting for Sunday morning to come around. You might want to think about doing one for your other half though otherwise things could become awkward at breakfast time!
Who doesn’t love a fridge magnet? And our 10 x 10cm sample tiles are the perfect size for sticking to your fridge door. All you need to do is pop down to your local Wilko and buy a pack of magnetic desk and apply them to the reverse of your tile and hey presto you are in business.
Even better, why not go old skool and use them to leave a note for your other half with a non-permanent marker. Once the note has been read, they can just wipe away the message and leave their reply. Alternatively, use them to create a shopping list so you don’t forget those all-important fridge fillers next time you go to the supermarket.
The last in our list of things you could upcycle in your home is our tiled tabletop. A lot cheaper than buying a new one, why not breathe new life into a piece of furniture and help the environment in the process.
You will need a table (obviously), some old tiles, grout, glue and a bit of imagination. Just like the tile tray you will need to measure the space required and then cut your tiles to size prior to fitting.
And rather than go the tried and tested route and plump for a traditional brick bond tile laying pattern, why not experiment with your laying patterns and go for a horizontal herringbone or diamond pattern instead. The possibilities are endless. If you need help with the latest tile laying patterns, make sure to read our tile pattern advice guide.
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