A natural touch
Have you ever kicked off your shoes and waded across a cool, stony creek bed? Just thinking about it brings back some of my most treasured childhood memories. Even now, I can still feel the smooth, water-worn rocks massaging my soles. It’s memories like these, and my inherent love for nature, that have inspired me to incorporate elements of the outdoors into my home.
For example, I recently added natural beauty and a touch of nostalgia to my home-spa space by creating a river-rock bath mat. With a few common materials and tools, I was able to craft my own for a fraction of the cost to buy one.
You will need:
Cement fibre board (cut to size)
Sharp craft knife
Bucket of water
Pebbles - you can buy sheets of pebbles at your local Builders Warehouse.
1. Measure and mark the cement fibre board to the desired size. Use a craft knife to score and break the board at the marks.
2. Wipe the cement fibre board clean with a damp sponge. Using a trowel, spread an even layer of tile adhesive along the top surface.
Don't spread too thin - approximately 5 to 6mm thick - as you want the rocks or pebbles to be anchored to the board.
3. Gently press the rocks into the mortar.
For an eye-pleasing look, start with straight lines along the edges; then fill in the centre with any pattern.
Let the adhesive set completely.
4. Use a grout float and your fingers (wear gloves) to spread grout between the rocks.
Before the grout dries, wipe the rocks clean with a damp tile sponge.
Let the grout set completely.
5. With a dry cloth, wipe off any leftover haze on the rocks. Apply a couple of coats of grout sealer to the grouted areas. To protect your bathroom floor, attach a few felt furniture pads to the underside of the mat.