• Drop cloth
• Tile backer board or plywood • Tile
• Construction adhesive
• Wood filler
• Lint-free cloth
• Furniture legs
• Door/drawer hardware
Step 1 Remove doors and inlaid surface.
Step 2 Measure the thickness of the old surface and cut to fit a board that, when topped with your tile, will equal the same thickness (the board we used was only 1∕8 inch thick).
Step 3 Dry-fit the tile and trim as needed. (We added narrow pieces of wood along the long sides to fill a gap instead of cutting slivers of tile.) Secure tiles, flush to one another, to board with construction adhesive.
Step 4 Prep, prime, and paint piece (see “Like a Pro,” page 79) and legs as desired. Secure legs to base, rehang doors, and attach door hardware. Place the board with tile into the buffet’s top.
WE INSTALLED THE CEMENT TILES FLUSH TO EACH OTHER— USING ONLY ADHESIVEAND NO GROUT.