The mirror mosaic can make any corner of the house, bar, office or restaurant special. It is a hygienic and safe material and it is possible to decorate the uneven and semicircular structures. The variety of forms inspires people for the most daring design solutions in the interior design.
For work you will need:
Before starting work it is necessary to prepare the surface. Please, note: the mirror mosaic doesn’t need special conditions. It can be laid onе the gypsum plasterboard, wood and any other surfaces. The main thing is the surface should be flat. If there is a roughness on the wall, it should be sanded using a grinder with a disc for stone or ceramics.
The surface must be completely dry and clean.
First of all, you need to prime the surface. Shake the container with it and pour into the tray. Put the roller into the tray and apply the primer on the wall. Wait for 20 minutes. Then you can start laying the mosaic.
Put the mosaic on the floor as you will stick it on the wall. At this stage, it is necessary to calculate the exact size of the future panel. Do it on the floor! Transfer the dimensions, paying attention to the fact that the distance between the mosaic sheets should be identical to the distance between the chips on the sheet. It is convenient to do the marking of the wall with a pencil, checking the preciseness with a building level.
For laying mirror mosaics, it is strongly recommended to use the glue, which won’t damage the mirror amalgam. On the market, you can find both the ready-made mixtures and those which you need to prepare directly in the process. You can get a good advice about using each of them in any specialized shop. Let’s use the glue, which you need to prepare yourself. Dilute the glue with water, following the instructions on the pack. It is better to make it thicker so the mosaic tiles do not move during the process. For mixing the glue mass, it is better to use a drill with the “mixer” function.
We recommend preparing the glue in small portions to avoid drying. You should not add a new portion of dry components to the dried or unused glue, the lumps will complicate the process of laying a mirror mosaic.
Apply the adhesive mass evenly to the wall with the flat side of a spatula. We recommend not to cover a large surface. It is better to apply the glue gradually. Otherwise, it will dry out and won’t keep the mosaic tiles in a proper way. After applying the glue, make shallow grooves on it with the serrated side of the spatula.
One by one, without extra pressure on the tiles, put the mosaic to the marked area. Be sure that the distance between the sheets is identical to the distance between the mosaic elements. After the sheet is finally put on the wall, fix it with a light tapping of a rubber spatula.
After the glue will dry, use a grout with a rubber spatula. It is highly recommended to use a grout without sand. This component can scratch the mirror during the process. When laying the mosaic in rooms with high humidity ( e.g. the kitchen or bathroom), it is recommended to use moisture-resistant grout.
Gently spread the grout over the entire mosaic area. Pay special attention to the spaces between the chips, they should be completely filled.
Let the grout dry, following the instructions. After that, you can gently wipe the mosaic with a slightly damp sponge, removing the dirt from the mirror surface.
That’s all! It seems to be a difficult process, but in real life, everything looks much simpler! The main thing is not to hurry up and follow the instructions for the materials you use while laying the mosaic.