My husband and I love our home but there are aspects of it that are out of date.
One area that really bothered my husband was our entryway.
We have a lot of wood flooring in our home, which we love but at the entryway, three, totally different types of wood flooring intersected.
This looked like a cross-sector of confusion.
We have always wanted to replace the parquet style floor that greeted you as you entered our home.
Not only did we replace it, we replaced it with something amazing!
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My husband is really good at DIY projects.
I am getting good at them myself.
You do not have to be a tile expert to lay your own tile mosaic or tiles!
You do have to have some tools, however.
The one tool you may or may not have that is necessary is a tile cutter.
Of course, you need mortar and grout and a few other essential tools but the tile cutter is the most expensive.
We got an exceptional deal on ours and you can find them for less than $100.00 USD.
While my husband did do most of this work, I did learn to grout and did a fair share myself.
We were under a time crunch however so he decided to get it done himself, as he was faster at it.
Check out our process in the photos below:
You receive your Moziaco tile mosaic safely rolled up.
With it, you will also receive spare tiles just in case any of yours come loose.
We only had one tile missing which we easily fixed.
Tile nippers are a tool you may need to shape a replacement tile if necessary.
They are really easy to use.
We fixed our one missing tile with ease.
So what’s to do but tear up some old flooring!
EEK! What we found under our floor was interesting.
Fake brick anyone?
Then it’s time to lay out the concrete board.
This provides a good base to work off of and makes the floor stronger for the new heavier tiles we are using.
(Photobomb by Groot)
We laid out our moasic from Mozaico.
Our specific medallion is called Easternia.
It’s a stunning design that captures the beauty of geometry in natural stone.
Ours is 24″ diameter.
The next step was the most challenging.
We had to curve cut the tiles that would surround the mosaic.
We used an angle grinder with a 4-inch diamond blade to do this.
Sanding the edges is important.
Otherwise, they are as sharp as glass since we used porcelain tiles.
A purrfect fit Tibet says!
She had to inspect of course.
Once we had our surround tiles cut and placed the rest was just basic installation.
But first, we had to prepare the mortar!
I personally love jobs where I get a little messy!
Then we laid the tiles…
I found it was rather simple to grout and in a way fun, and relaxing.
I think I would enjoy doing it again now that I have some experience under my belt!
We did have to custom cut some pieces for the edges.
This is where a tile cutter comes into play.
The final step was grouting the mosaic itself.
To do this you want a non-sanded grout.
You can find step by step installation video instructions on the Mozaico site.
It’s simply gorgeous!
Before I show off our finished entryway I want to tell you a bit more about Mozaico.
Mozaico has everything you need when it comes to tile mosaics.
They have an enormous selection including geometric like we chose to scenery, signs, animals, nature, abstract, you name it! They have it!
It was really difficult to select which one we wanted!
They can also do custom designed mosaics for you!
Mosaics can be installed on a wall, as a backsplash, around a mirror, even underwater in a pool or shower.
The creative ways you can use them are endless.
My mother wants to get one now and I confess, I want to install more too!
I love the mosaic we selected but I also admit to having occasional mosaic envy when I see what others have come up with!
I would love to try designing my own!
Oh, and each mosaic comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!
Alright So For The Unveiling … My Mosaic Tile Entryway:
We do have one final step but we are waiting 30 days for the grout in the mosaic to fully set.
That last step is to add sealer which will not only protect the grout and thus our mosaic for up to 20 years but will give it a nice shine as well.
I simply love my new entryway!
It is a nice contrast to the wood in the other rooms and hallway.
From a design aesthetic, it breaks up the monotony too.
My contribution to this DIY project was only about 30% but I loved learning a new skill!
Thanks to my husband for doing most all of the work and Mozaico for the awesome mosiac tile centerpiece.
I love Mozaico and encourage you to take a look at their mosaics for yourself!
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Do you have any plans for new home decor or DIY projects?
I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Let me know what your upcoming design plans are or tell me what you think about my new entryway!