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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.
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.
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 choice, 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. We don’t have a tile cutter we decided 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, so it’s really easy to cut with a pair of scissor. 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.
The mixture should look like creamy, thick butter.
Using a trowel we applied the adhesive evenly onto the rough, yucky patio wall and then squished the pebble tiles into the adhesive.
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 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 finger prints tiling the patio wall.
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.
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 😀
All in all it took me just over three hours on a beautiful Saturday morning to transform our patio from this…………………………..………………………………………………….. to this
Don’t you just love that face? It’s from an old fountain.
And some plants to soften up the look a little.
Our seashell collection found a home in the old rusty pot.
We filled our pot plants with succulents. They’re such rewarding plants, drought tolerant and almost maintenance free.
Okay so I lost my finger prints 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?
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