My marble and granite area rug, or, how I spent my Fourth of July weekend
Lord help me, I've become a serial DIYer.
|It started with me and my daughter going through |
Italian Marble and Granite's dumpster for scraps,
roughing out the design to make sure we had enough.
I really wasn't going to do another large-scale project before the Walk. I did my hanging succulent garden, and that was going to be my major Garden Walk project this year. I try to do one unique garden feature each year, with the deadline being the Walk. This makes two.
I've wanted to do something like this for years, but how often does someone come along and say, "You can have all the granite and marble scraps you want, you just have to come here to pick them up." They couldn't have made it easier for me if they'd tried. Well, okay, they could have delivered it, but, hey.
I had a general idea of what I was going to do, but much is determined by what scraps are available at the time I hit the dumpster. It changes every week. All scraps are left over from countertops and other slab projects. We had to rough out the size and design in the parking lot next to the dumpster to make sure we had enough of each color and size of tile. If I went back this week, it'd be an entirely different-looking project.
UPDATE: We won!
UPDATE: We won!
|After unloading, it was sorting by color, and by whether or not a piece had one cut straight edge (or close to it).|
|Then, lifting each piece again, it was roughed out alongside the area in which it was going to be placed.|
|I already had a brick patio in the spot, so I had to removed the bricks where the "marble carpet" was going.|
|It already has a layer of denatured crushed gravel on top of water porous weed barrier. |
So no serious digging had to be done.
|Each piece had to be lifted, for the last time, and put in place in the largest (and heaviest) jigsaw puzzle I've ever worked on.|
|It's not as color coordinated and "matchy-matchy" as the blue outdoor carpet that was there, but boy does it look nice. |
And it'll last long than the outdoor carpet too.