Outdoor Tiled Table: A How-To

Whew! It’s finished. This 3-day marathon build definitely tried my limits as a third-trimester giant preggo. The hubs and I built a fabulous, sturdy, solid tiled table that we can use for outdoor dining. The best part was that all the tile was reclaimed. The square tiles are from my parents’ old outdoor kitchen which was replaced with a concrete top, and the larger darker tiles were some that I scored for free at our local Habitat for Humanity. Total cost on this project was $70, but thanks to a $50 Lowe’s gift card that I snagged with my credit card rewards points, it only set us back $20. For those of you looking to build your own, I’d say that $70 would be a good cost estimate. I made a bad judgement call to use the adhesive/grout premixed stuff, and needed a ton more than I assumed. So save yourself $35 and buy the separate adhesive and grout that you mix yourself and perhaps buy some tile if you can’t find any remnants.

Alrighty then! If you’re looking to build your own table, here’s what you’ll need.


12 thoughts on “Outdoor Tiled Table: A How-To

    1. My thoughts were we only needed the concrete board for areas that get a ton of water exposure, like a bathroom. This table sits on the deck, and pretty much never sees standing water. The rest of the wood is treated to prevent warping and rotting over time. We used a grinder to rough up the plywood so the adhesive and tiles would stick better. So far we haven’t had any problems!

    2. use concrete !!!! …………… no matter what … plywood warps with time, must have concrete to stabilize.

  1. I have been trying to figure out how to make a table similar to yours… Your above steps helped a lot. Thanks for posting!! I have collected 6×6 tiles over the years from places we have been and will be making a table for our screened in porch. Bought the wood for it today, but put off buying plywood…too many choices and lowes was too busy today to get much help. So the question is, did you get pressure treated plywood for outdoor projects or did you get a regular piece used indoors? My concern was the same as stated in previous post…does a regular piece draw moisture from the adhesive and mess with the bonding properties?

    1. Kerry, it’s been so long that I’m not entirely positive, but I’m relatively sure it’s untreated plywood. I don’t think I’ve ever chosen to work with treated, because of the chemicals for cutting. However the rest of the lumber was treated wood, as I intended to paint it. If you’re staining, I’d recommend cedar since you have to wait for treated wood to cure before staining. We didn’t have any problems with adhesion, and still don’t. We used our grinder to rough up the top a bit and that’s all it needed. Another tip – don’t use the all-in-one adhesive and grout. It works fine, but you have to use so much of it that it’s not cost effective. Plus ours shrank up and stained over time, so we added a new layer of sanded grout. I hope that helps!

    1. Strangely, not at all! And I’m really surprised about that. We lived on the Texas coast when we built it, which sees a lot of humidity and high temps, as well as a few freezes. Now we’re more in Central Texas and it gets very dry and hot. Still no problems on the grout. But it’s only been two years, so I’m not counting that out just yet.

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