Crazy paving is a fantastic way to make a statement from the ground up. Use this mosaic-like flooring trend to liven up your courtyard, driveway or outdoor shower base, and for tricky areas such as a curved pathway.
Sweep the concrete slab with a broom to remove dust and debris.
Cut angle L-shape tile trim to fit around the outside top of your slab, mitring the corners to 45º with a hacksaw and mitre box. Position the trim with the lip facing inwards, securing it to the slab with a flexible adhesive sealant, leaving to dry.
In a bucket, mix tile adhesive with water to a thick, toothpaste-like consistency. Working in sections, use a square-notch trowel to apply a 6mm layer of adhesive over the slab and along the trim.
Position tiles with factory edges against the trim, then work across the slab from the house wall, twisting tiles into the adhesive with maximum 50mm between them.
Remove excess adhesive with a sponge and leave to cure for 24 hours.
In a bucket, mix grout with water to a thick consistency. Apply the grout with a rubber trowel, pushing it between tiles with a swirling motion, smoothing from different directions until the joints are full.
Wipe over tiles with a slightly damp sponge to remove excess grout, washing the sponge out regularly to keep it clean. Leave grout to set for 10 minutes.
Wipe over the tiles with a damp cloth to remove the grout mist, then leave to cure overnight.
Wipe over the surface with a clean damp cloth and apply two coats of tile and grout sealer with a brush, leaving to dry for a couple of hours before walking on it. Pour decorative pebbles around the base of the slab.
Now that you're feeling inspired, why not start planning your next project? We've got plenty more D.I.Y. ideas to help liven up your outdoor area.
Photo Credit: Martin Roberts and James Moffatt