Terrazzo is traditionally made by adding marble chips, stone pieces or crushed glass to a concrete formula that is poured into a mould, left to harden, and polished. It’s mainly used for tiles and flooring, but it’s becoming more on-trend for homewares. Here’s how we used this crafty technique to create unique bookends.
Tip: For a deeper pink, add more red oxide with less white, and vice versa for a lighter shade.
Position the frame flush with one corner of the backing, then pre-drill from the back, securing into the frame with a screw into each piece.
Spritz all over with water before smoothing along the edges and corners with 120-grit abrasive wet-and-dry paper, then sand all over with 180-grit. Wipe away dust. Next, apply two coats of concrete sealer with a brush and leave to dry.
Keep in mind:
• When mixing the cement and during sanding, work in a well-ventilated area that is out of the wind and wear the appropriate safety equipment (dust mask, disposable gloves and safety glasses). Cover bare skin to avoid irritation from airborne material.
• Cement is a dry powder that is combined with other elements including water to create concrete. Choose a white or off-white cement; otherwise, the concrete will be grey.
• Use washed sand rather than builder’s sand. (Builder’s sand contains clay which will make the concrete too sticky and heavy for this project.)
• We used store-bought crushed glass because it’s safer to work with than crushing your own glass or marble mosaic tiles.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.