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« on: January 07, 2017 07:56:53 AM »

I have several boxes of ceramic woodlike tile planks from a tiling job in my house. The tiles are grayish (looks like weather worn wood fencing), 24 inches long by 4 inches wide. I have no use for them as far as flooring for my home and I hate to throw them away as I have like 7 full boxes and a few loose ones. The company that did my floors said to keep them in case some get broken but I don't think I'll ever need so many (well over 100 pcs.)!
Anyone have any ideas as to what I can make with these? My husband is getting tired of looking at all the boxes and is ready to throw them out. I stopped him saying I know that I could make something with them but I've drawn a blank. Someone please help!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017 02:08:12 PM »

Well, to outright get rid of them, you can post on a site like Freecycle, Kijiji, Craigslist, in case anyone can use them in their home.  You can keep some, and if you are willing to do some tile cutting, they could be trimmed down and smaller pieces could be used as follows...

4x4 squares with foam or felt backing as coasters, longer than 4" could be used as trivets or serving boards.  Make a base and inset them in a frame or stand, with a couple cut down, but glued and grouted together to make plant stands or something.  Resurface a table - either with strips of tile or broken up for more traditional mosaic look.

Are they flat and smooth?  They can be used to work and bake polymer clay on too.  They can be painted with glass or porcelain paint and be used to make things like house signs or decorated as the above.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017 09:52:35 AM »

Any of the popular pallet projects should work for these, as well!
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2017 05:22:32 AM »

Onyxnox- I like some of the ideas you came up with. No they are not smooth but textured to simulate real wood. I really like the table top idea.
Daisy424- Thanks for the pallet idea, I'll certainly check it out!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2017 05:41:31 AM »

Hmm, could you ink one and use it for stamping paper? That doesn't help you get rid of a whole box but maybe you'd like to keep one for just that purpose Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2017 06:55:02 AM »

Hmm, could you ink one and use it for stamping paper? That doesn't help you get rid of a whole box but maybe you'd like to keep one for just that purpose Smiley.

What you could do is brayer ink or paint over the tile, then smooth the paper over top and lift off.

It would be tempting to use them to make long trough like planters as well.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017 10:31:27 AM »

might make a neat wainscot, mounted vertically to the wall.  You'd probably have to use 1-1/2 tiles to make it 3 feet tall (2' looks too short, 4' would be too high).  If you have 100 of them 4" wide, and you cut 1/3 of them in half, you would wind up with about 22 linear feet of wainscot.  (Yeah, I used a calculator.  Cheesy )
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