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Cape Town Heritage building mosaic floor renovation

I recently completed the installation of the missing section on a very special 80-year-old mosaic floor in an iconic heritage building. Here I take you through the fabrication process and finally to installation:

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The missing portion of the mosaic was removed a very long time ago by someone to make place for a carpet to wipe your feet on before you entered the building. This iconic heritage building is called the Rex Trueform building and is located in Saltriver, Cape Town, South Africa. The mosaic floor has been sanded down by generations of feet walking in and out of the building and if you wiped your hands over the floor you would not feel the difference between one tile or the next. The mosaic floor consists of small hand cut glass tiles all cemented closely together to form the beautiful coat of arms of the Rex Trueform company. See this detail:

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I bet if this mosaic could talk it would have some riveting stories to tell us about Cape Town in the day. My task was to match the color and texture of the new piece perfectly to this older mosaic. I did this in my factory. I replicated the mosaic and worked on matching the colors perfectly.

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Once the mosaic was ready for installation, I had to prepare the cement surface for the mosaic to be installed onto.

I also had to cut and shape some of the older surrounding tiles by hand using a grinder and a Dremmel tool.

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The tiles were all individually hand cut with not one tile the same shape or size. Yet, the craftsmanship and detail in laying was exquisite. I had chipped and cut all of my tiles to match as closely as possible the style of the craftsman and woman who installed this floor.

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I also had to take into account color variations and inconsistencies with the 80-year-old tiles and spent a lot of enjoyable time treasure hunting thought tile shops, looking for the perfect tiles and colors.

Once the new tiles were installed, I grouted the mosaic a dark grey to match the original mosaic floor as closely as possible. I had to stain the new tiles slightly to match the naturally stained color of older mosaic. The new mosaic matched up seamlessly to the old mosaic and we were very happy with the end result. What do you think?

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Ideas for greening your garden walls

Green walls or hanging walls have become uniquely popular in modern times. Green walls are a way to make your house more eco friendly. It can also attract birds and insects to your garden whom are mother natures polinators. Green walls enhances building exterior as well as interior facades. If your house is warm in the summer a green wall can keep temperatures down during the day and in the winter a green wall can also keep the warmth in by adding an aditional layer of insulation. It can also reduce noise by absorbing sound.

If you want to landscape your garden and add a green design, here are some easy to use DIY ideas for inspiration. My favourite is the green wall using mosaic glass tiles in the design.

Green wall idea:

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Photo credit from Instagram: @planted.design

Green wall idea:

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Green hanging wall:

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Green sculpture:

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Decorated sculptures:

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Photo credit from Instagram: @adesignersmind

Green wall with mosaic tiles

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Photo credit from Instagram: @greenwallceramic

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Mosaic glass tiles close up

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This is a close up of the mosaic glass tiles I am currently working with. All the colors have been specifically chosen to match an existing 80 year old floor mosaic that I am renovating. The existing older glass tiles of the floor are all hand cut squares and none are the same color or have straight edges as you can see below. I have cut the edges of my tiles to more closely match the imperfect existing tiles.

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Modern mosaic bathroom wall

Mosaic tiles in bathrooms are becoming more and more popular. The small glass tiles add a modern look and feel to your bathroom interior. They can be used to create a elegant & bespoke backsplash or be used to cover the interior bathroom wall. Instead of doing a potentially costly renovation, consider just retiling certain sections of the bathroom walls & floor.

The glass tiles come in a range of stunning colors and designs. We work closely with home owners, architects, interior designers and builders. Contact ruarkmosaicart for a free consultation on your next project.

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Image credit: Sicis. Check out their Instagram account: @sicis.indonisia

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Mosaic enhances bathroom interior

I recently converted a bathroom wall covered in beige coloured travertine tiles and replaced the travertine with mosaic glass tiles. Only the wall in the picture was covered in glass tiles whilst the rest of the bathroom was covered in a beautiful, light marble tile. The renovation really improved the bathroom interior and gave it a very modern feel.

Check out this before and after picture of the renovation:

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Mosaic pillars with gold tiles

One of the mosaic installations I am currently working on has these beautiful pillars at the front entrance. The old pillars are magnificently covered in black glass tiles with gold and silver ones sprinkled in between. The Rex Trueform building in Saltriver is quite old with a lot of mosaic work around the building. It would be interesting to find out more about the craftsmen or women whom did all of this brilliant mosaic work.

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