Beachy mosaic nightstand

Ok, like you, I absolutely LOVE a good before and after shot…and this nightstand really does the job!

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Haha, super pretty, huh?  It was another score from our neighbors before they moved….what you can’t see very well is a blackish film and the overwhelming scent of old incense.  Yuck!  This may have been a piece in their teenager’s room, just guessing.  Lol, check out the handles…weird wire circles reminiscent of key-chain holers.  But, I am no scaredy-cat!!  I was up for the challenge!

The bummer thing was that the top veneer that gave the solid wood piece the “look” of mahogany was splitting and peeling.  A bummer, but genuinely a blessing in disguise, cuz without this problemo, I never would have figured on a mosaic for camouflage.

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I quickly busted out a supply of glass shards inherited from my mother-in-law, who has made stain glass beauties for years.  This really was a fun exercise in puzzle-making.  I didn’t bother cutting any of the glass, just played around with it until I found a combo that fit together….kinda a stress reliever (especially since I did it in the evening after kiddos were down for the night 🙂 )

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Prior to actually gluing anything down, I primed and painted the top surface.  This is a crucial step since it helps seal the surface before you lay down your mosaic…a step that helps prevent the final product from warping and cracking (that would be a major drag after all your effort, to see hairline fractures throughout your mosaic–NO THANK YOU!)

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Once primed, painted, and the mosaic was in place, I began to lift up individual pieces and glue them into place with mosaic glue (you can find this at any craft stoe- aka Micheal’s- and it behaves very much like Elmer’s…but designed for stronger adhesion).

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The next step was mixing some sanding grout according to instructions.  You may feel intimidated (or not) by this step, but it is crazy easy…and the results are so amazing.

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As you can see, I kept is super casual and spread it with my plastic paint lip (as I learned from an earlier glass mosaic tray, you want something pliable when spreading…so as not to scratch the delicate glass surface).

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Package directions give you a time frame for waiting to smooth out the grout and remove the excess from the surface with a damp sponge.  You must wait longer (approximately an hour or so) for it to set well enough before you buff out the surface of the glass with a rough rag…but it is so rewarding.

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After the mosaic was finished…I moved on to some of the detail work, like painting the interior of the cabinet with a super lush Tiffany’s blue (going for an upscale beachy look 🙂 )

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Next, I needed to get creative with hardware….beach-chic and driftwood go together like peas and carrots, right?  So, I busted out some screws and attached a couple of pieces of driftwood for handles.

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AHHHHHHH!!!

Geeze, this piece is beyond gorgeous…I can’t believe how unbelievable it turned out!  It will be on it’s way to Salvage, in Morro Bay, for a super cute beach-themed window display…I can’t wait!!

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The hard part is going to be letting this baby go!  It is just so beautiful…better than I could have even imagined.

Thanks for Zesting this bad boy up with me 🙂

~Chanda

 

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    1. Thanks…I was really pleased with the results…I always love a new way to salvage a piece with potential. Your mosaics are inspiring….so much beauty….thanks! -Chanda

      1. Hi Chanda

        Thank you for your kind words. Your work was just as inspiring, showing ideas for salvaging and also reinventing something that we want to throw away. Look forward to the next post. Regards, Ruark

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