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DIY Subway Tile Table Redo!!

I’ve been working on my outdoor space this year. Last month I made some DIY Subway Tile Planters and a privacy screen out of old doors that were sitting in my garage.

I had an outdoor table in my yard that was very weathered and worn. And since I am working on my tiling skills (I bought a tile saw last month too), I wanted to update that table with a subway tile top!

And actually, this is a very fast project! All you need is a table, some subway tile, molding, spray paint, adhesive and grout and a tile saw. Tile saws are actually less than you might expect. I bought mine for under $100 from Lowe’s.

**Here’s the tip when cutting subway tile. Cut the tile upside down, with the back facing up. That way you don’t chip the edge of the tile with the saw. It took me awhile to figure this out!

**Another tip — always wear safety goggles. The tiles chip and little pieces of tile fly all over the place.

So here is how I made the table top:

  • I took the original table and added a thin sheet of plywood to the top. I screwed that down. I prefer screws to nails because they are less likely to pop back up later as the furniture wears.

**And another tip — your local hardware store probably has a big saw. I asked Lowes if they would cut the plywood to fit and they were happy to. Just go in with the exact dimensions and this will save you a lot of time!!

  • The next thing I did was I added some molding around the edges of the table.

  • Then I laid out the tile on the table. I decided to add a row of full-size subway tile around the outside and then mini-subway tiles to the inside of the table.
  • Once I did this, I could see how many tiles I needed to cut to complete the top of the table.
  • Then I cut the tiles.
  • I added the adhesive to the plywood with a trowel and put down the tiles. The adhesive takes a little while to set, so you have time to move the tiles around and get them all situated.
  • Then let the table sit overnight to let the adhesive dry.

  • The next day I added the grout. You need a grout float tool for this, to smoosh the grout into the spaces. Once the grout is applied, you can start cleaning the excess off with a big sponge. If you wait too long, then the grout sets up and you have to scrub the grout off of the tiles.
  • After 24 hours, if there is still a film of grout residue, you can clean the tiles with a special spray.
  • And that is it!! Now I have a new table. And best of all — it looks new and it was an inexpensive way to add a beautiful piece to my outdoor decor!!

Plus — working with these two subway tile projects has helped get my sills ready for a BIG subway tile kitchen project, coming up soon!!!

Yay! I love learning new things!!

You can get tons of great ideas from the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:


And guess what??

Lowe’s is giving away a $100 gift card to one of YOU!!


Here’s how YOU can win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have a Happy Day!!



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  4. Wow! Your table turned out so professional looking. This is a great way to get my feet wet with tiling. Great post!

  5. Shawn b. says:

    Would love to build my son a new bed!!!

  6. Jennifer Fitzgibbons says:

    I would actually like to take this project, making over a table with the subway tile. Another DIY project that I would like to get done is to make new outdoor cushions for our outdoor seating. Just waiting to find some outdoor fabric for a good price.

  7. would love to redo my masterbath it needs to be updated gorgeous table what talent

  8. I have an old oak dining room table and chairs that need some serious updating!

  9. I love the tile table! I can see this as end tables in the house as a new look. Thanks for the idea.

  10. I have a small back yard that I need to re-do make it “usable”? It’s totally an empty space and I would love to put a set of outdoor furniture there. I also plant to dig out a few old plants on the side walk at the entrance way, then do concrete to make it wider. It’s quite a project but I think it’ll look really nice afterwards. I can totally use some helps from Lowe’s!

  11. I want to pull off old wallpaper and repaint my guest room.

  12. I would love to paint our bedroom a brighter color and make some decorative pillows to match for our bed.

  13. I love that you took something old and made it new again!
    Great Job!

  14. This table is gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial. I had no idea I could get a tile cutter for around $100. Now my head is spinning with ideas!

  15. I would like to paint our hall and living room. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. I really want to replace all our sink faucets and handles and I want to add sliding shelves under our sink cabinets.

  17. You did a great go, love it.

  18. Suzanne Gomes says:

    Love the table!

  19. have to try this when I have my own house

  20. Shannon Roughgarden says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I could find so many ways to use this!

  21. Jennifer says:

    I would love to make that table and put it on our deck we just built!

  22. Patricia Tercek says:

    Walking through Lowe’s gives me TONS of ideas for repurposing items. We used trash can lids for ceiling light fixtures in our recently remodeled basement with an industrial theme (painted all the floorboards black which cut the cost DRASTICALLY from having drywall hung or a drop ceiling installed!)

  23. Our little one is about to turn one and getting ready to play outside. So I think a dog run is in order for us LOL

  24. We are getting ready to purchase a home. To make it in our price range, it’s going to have to be a fixer upper. A Lowe’s gift card would be heaven sent!

  25. I’d love to build some shelves to organize my sewing room!

  26. I love this idea and can you imagine the different colors you could make with this idea.

  27. I’d like to decorate a bookcase for my bedroom

  28. I want to build a pantry in our kitchen thanks

  29. I would love to win this to fix up our bathroom

  30. I want to redo my kitchen/pantry area to make it more appealing- visually and organizationally

  31. I want to redo my kitchen.. DIY style. I am working towards this, the cabinents are in my garage.. first project to tackle… take down some horid plastic paneling and put up some new sheetrock. heres to being way in over my head! PS… LVOE the table!

  32. Awesome Table. I can’t wait to take a trip to lowe’s for some paint to paint a hand me down corner hutch to add some color to my dining room!

  33. April was in CT now CA says:

    We’ve been working on sprucing up our backyard so we’d definitely put the gift card towards that!!

  34. Our master bathroom has a whole list of projects that I’d like to tackle with this gift card.

  35. My master bathroom has been a work in progress for 2 years. I would love to work some tile into the room

  36. About to do a subway tile project myself!

  37. This is a beautiful redo on the table! I have been getting into my home projects lately and love seeing new possibilities that I can handle on my own!

  38. Love, love subway tile! The table looks fabulous!

  39. Love this! What a fabulous look.

  40. I’d love to work on our back patio!

  41. If we win the Lowes gift card we are going to use it to buy tons of pvc pipe, silver tarps, and silver duct tape to build a huge UFO for Halloween in our yard. If there is any money left (I’m sure there will be, Lowes has great prices) I would put the rest to making a tile back splash behind the stove. LOVE the post and I’m a sucker for tile!

  42. Love this idea!

  43. I love how the table turned out! I have an old dresser I’ve removed the drawers from and use as a kitchen island…been thinking about tiling the top. You’ve inspired me and I may actually give it a try! =)

  44. Suzanne S. says:

    I love your new table!! I also love the rug you have under it.

  45. Emilee Slater says:

    I want to do an amazing gallery wall!

  46. misshof says:

    My biggest project I would like to do is take out a wall, or part of a wall between my kitchen and dining room to open up the space a lot more.

  47. I have an end table that I want to tile the top. The veneer is shot but the table is still cute.

  48. Joy Mickley says:

    I have been wanting to tile my dining room table, keep chickening out because it has leaves, after seeing this post I know I just have to suck it up and do it! Thank you!

  49. Becky U says:

    I’m going to re-do my master bedroom soon and this would help alot!

  50. Emily K. says:

    I would love to build a headboard for my bed! This giftcard would be a big help for this broke graduate student!

  51. Love it, you did a great job!

  52. Sallie Fitzpatrick says:

    I like the cinch bench on lowe’s creative ideas website.

  53. Love your table! I would love to buy some wood to build some garden beds in the backyard!

  54. Looks great!

  55. Denise krauss says:

    Your whole space looks great. I like the way you tied things together.

  56. Tanya Lopez says:

    this is gorgeous!

  57. end result = lovely!

  58. Shelley says:

    I would love to add a backsplash in my kitchen.

  59. We need to start on our master bedroom.

  60. I’ve been trying to get the supplies together to build myself a storage bed! I just haven’t had the funds. My dog got really sick and all of our “extra” money has been going to that!

  61. I would like to put in a new sidewalk in the backyard.

  62. I really want to build some floating shelves

  63. I’d like to add some built-ins to our master bedroom. Or “faux” built-ins! :)

  64. I am just about to move from a office in town to an office in my home for work. There are so many things that need to be done. Storage, painting, new fixtures! This would SO help!!!

  65. Did my first tile project a bit ago and loved it!

  66. Brittney says:

    I actually have an outdoor table that i NEED to re-do!

  67. Dacia Bergeson says:

    What a great project! I love it!

  68. I LOVE this table! It looks wonderful. I’ve been trying to find a good way to re-do my kitchen table and I think this might be it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  69. THAT BOWL!!! I love your table redo… and I have to know where you got that bowl.. it is just amazing!!! I tried to see if anyone else had commented on it and where it comes from.. but no such luck :( Perhaps you can enlighten me :)

  70. I could always use some $$$ for home stuff. Off the top of my head, I could use it for new baseboards once we finish the hardwood flooring.

  71. I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets! They look terrible.

  72. I would love to revamp our front porch.

  73. julia mcintosh says:

    I have to shutter doors that I will probably make into a screen to hide something. I never thought about putting flower boxes on them but will now. Thanks

  74. Thanks for the giveaway and the great idea for a cool outdoor table!

  75. Wow, Jen!!! I love the subway tile. What a fantastic project. :)

  76. Ahh what a great way to revamp a table and to improve one’s tiling skills. Makes me wonder what else one could put subway tiles on….

  77. lindsay says:

    This is a great project! I love how durable it is now.

  78. I want to use this to make an amazing outdoor space for my mom!!!

  79. Love this table and planters!! I would love to do my kitchen in subway tiles also!

  80. Love…love…love the table!

  81. I love the table. It is so crisp and clean! You are so talented.I

  82. I would love some outdoor planters


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