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1Secure tile trim to the top of concrete slab

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.

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Tip: Ensure the tile trim is deeper than the thickness of the tiles to allow for the tile adhesive and grout.
Close up of a concrete slab surrounded by grass

2Break tiles with a mallet and remove sharp edges

Wear safety gear and work over builder’s plastic to break tiles with a mallet, removing sharp edges with 120-grit wet-and-dry abrasive paper.

A gloved hand breaking tiles with a mallet

3Position tiles and twist into the adhesive

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.

A gloved hand removes tile adhesive with a sponge

4Push grout between tiles with a swirling motion

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.

A gloved hand applies grout to tiles with a rubber trowel

5Wipe clean and allow to cure

Wipe over the tiles with a damp cloth to remove the grout mist, then leave to cure overnight.

A hand wipes over tiles with a damp cloth

6Apply tile and grout sealer

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.

7Create your great outdoors

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

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.