Project begins: July 2020
I needed a new project because it was too hot to work
in the sun and everything was pretty much still shut down
because of the Coronavirus
pandemic. I had this big, blank wall in the
courtyard that cat's claw vines and
honeysuckle was always trying to climb.
Solution: Paint a portrait with a tile mosaic
in the center and a fabricated trellis as a
This is the BEFORE picture of the wall
I ordered a tile mural from The Tile Mural
Besides having a huge variety of murals to
choose from, they had size options for each.
We chose a 20 tile mural on 6in tiles, which
turns out to be 30in x 24in picture. This is
the dry layout before installation.
After finding the exact center, I had to
excavate stucco so that the installed tile
would be flush with the wall. That, and it
isn't a good idea to install tile right over
stucco because if the stucco cracks or fails
underneath, the tile goes with it.
During the wall prep, I started fabricating
the frame. The idea was to have an 8x8ft
trellis frame with a window in the center,
slightly larger than the mosaic.
The problem with this part of the project was
that it was 110F+ by noon. With the heat and
having to wear a welding helmet and protective
gear, sweat was pouring into my eyes and onto
the work that I was trying to weld. The
unfinished trellis sat on the floor of the
garage until the weather cooled and I was able
to complete it in January 2021.
Project completed: February 2021
After installing the mosaic, I bordered it
with some simple black tiles that were left
over from the Pizza
Oven project. The last part of the
project was the most challenging - Finding a
couple of helpers to hold the trellis in place
so that I could attach it to the wall. It
wasn't heavy, it was just large and unwieldy.