Don’t you just hate it when a builder does sloppy work?  We had a small sink installed on our patio at our little round house a few weeks ago and I wasn’t very happy with the finished look. Don’t get me wrong, the contractor knew how to do all the plumbing bits. But when it came to finishing things off, he didn’t have a clue. Look at this patio wall.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

UGH!!! That’s just gross. This is our holiday home and when we’re there we spend a lot of time on the patio enjoying this view.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

The last thing I wanted was to get distracted by the mess the builder left behind.  I’m a bit anal when it comes to things like that.  We had two choices, get someone to fix the problem for us or do it ourselves.

Not much of a choice really when you don’t have a lot of money so we went for the DIY option. Since we don’t have a tile cutter we decided to use pebble tiles.

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How To Tile a Patio Wall In a Day

To tile our patio wall we chose to use pebble tiles. They come in 30 cm x 30 cm sheets and there are about 50 pebbles stuck on to a sturdy mesh-like backing. The mesh is really easy to cut with a pair of scissors so you don’t need any fancy tile cutters 😉

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

Because the gaps between some of the pebbles are quite wide we used coarse mosaic adhesive to attach the tiles. I think they add some kind of sand to the mixture so it doesn’t crack or shrink as easily as non-sanded grout would.

We chose a dark grey adhesive to match the darkest colored pebble on the sheet and mixed it according to the instructions on the back of the packaging.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

The mixture should look like creamy, thick butter.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

Using a trowel we applied the adhesive evenly onto the rough, yucky patio wall and then squished the pebble tiles into the adhesive.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

I found it easier to work in sections and to put a thicker layer of adhesive onto the wall. That way when you squish the pebble tiles on, the adhesive oozes through the mesh and it sits firmly. The best thing about using pebble tiles is you can just use a pair of scissors to cut the mesh backing it when it doesn’t quite fit into the space. Note to self: Please wear gloves the next time. I think I lost all my fingerprints tiling the patio wall.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

We just used the tile adhesive to fill in the gaps between the pebbles and then sponged off any excess. Lol, look at my hair. I really need to do something with it, every time we go down to the coast I end up looking like an upside-down mop. Okay, wait, that’s not true. I always look like an upside-down mop 😀

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

We didn’t buy enough tiles to go all the way around. It’s a budget thing. So I removed some of the pebbles from the mesh and made a hubby a big, fat heart just to remind him how much I love him. The adhesive works really well as a paint too 😀

Here's a happy fact. Penguins propose with a pebble 🙂 Click to Tweet

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog
How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

All in all, it took me just over three hours on a beautiful Saturday morning to transform our patio.

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Don’t you just love that face? It’s from an old fountain.

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And some plants to soften up the look a little.

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Our seashell collection found a home in the old rusty pot.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

We filled our pot plants with succulents. They’re such rewarding plants, drought-tolerant and almost maintenance-free.

How to tile a patio wall to create interest and hide sloppy building mistakes - full tutorial on the blog

Okay so I lost my fingerprints somewhere on that wall, but I really think it was worth every second. I’d love to hear what you think about the patio wall makeover? Were pebble tiles the right choice?

If you’re planning on tiling your patio soon, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

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