Installing House Number Tiles Into Metal Frame
Oak Park Home & Hardware offers a variety of house number tiles some with decorative end tiles. We also offer tile frame options in wood or metal. Our iron metal frames are designed specifically for the house number tiles by Carly Quinn Designs which require installation with grouting. Although we offer assembly services, some customers prefer to assemble themselves and the following instructions will be helpful.
Please keep in mind that the tiles are handmade and will have some variation in size and coloration. The frames are made from iron and steel and are unfinished. They will weather and develop a surface rust patina naturally over time.
Step 1: Lay out your tiles
Step 2: Cut out strips of cardboard (corrugated) from a used shipping box. Make sure that the corrugated pattern is showing on the sides of the strips. It does not matter what the width of the strips are.
Step 3: Cut the strips in lengths equal to the height of the tiles and position between the tiles (top, bottom, ends). You may need some thinner strips on the ends of the frame. The strips will ensure equal spacing between tiles when adhered and be the appropriate space for the grouting.
Step 4: Use Thin-set Mortar for adhering the tiles to the frame backing. Install just like you would any other tile between the cardboard strips. Make sure to wipe clean any possible thin-set on the tiles surface. Pull away the cardboard strips and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: We recommend a black or charcoal gray sanded grout for finishing between the tiles. Mix your grout and press fit grout into the spaces just like you would any other tile installation. We like to use a baggie or zip lock bag, cut a small corner off, stuff with grout and use it like a cake decorating bag with tip. Level out the grout and with either a damp grout sponge or microfiber cloth and wipe the tile surfaces clean of the grout and grout film. Allow to dry 24 hours.
That's it! Your framed house number tiles are ready to hang or be installed.
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