Mosaic Table

Hello! I have always loved mosaic pieces, so I decided to share with you a tutorial on how you can make your own! I like putting together random assortments of bright colored tiles of various textures.  There really is no right way of mosaicking.  This table is a bright and funky piece.  The neat part about it is that every piece turns out completely different.

It started with this table, it was $3.50 at a thrift store in Paso.  Yes, $3.50!

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I painted it so it would have some sort of primary coat.

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Once I was done painting, I set it aside to dry for a day.

Now we can start the mosaic process.

Materials needed:

-Table

-Grout

-Rags

-Sponge

-water

-Tile Adhesive

-Hammer

-Old Plates

Here is a picture of the grout I used and the tile adhesive.  I bought these at Miner’s in San Luis Obispo.

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These are the different materials I used for the tile pieces.  You want to use materials you don’t mind breaking.

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Hello Novalie! Annie-Kate’s dog usually likes to be apart of our projects.

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Wrap your glassware in rags.  This helps prevent pieces from flying everywhere.

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SMASH IT! It feels kind of good.

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Once you have your tiles smashed, it’s time to glue.  Apply glue to all edges of the tile.

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Set them down in any way.  This is the best part because it’s the creative part.  Hint: Don’t press them down too hard.  You want to try and get all tiles level so the table is flat enough to use.

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Once I got some solid tiles down, I decided to start planning out my design before I actually glued them down.

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Glueing tiles: Done.   The instructions on the glue said to let the glue dry for 72 hours.  So, I waited until my time was up.  This was so hard to do, but for best results, it is necessary.

A few days later…it is time to grout!  Apply the grout to the spaces between the tiles.  Once you get enough down, level out the table top by spreading the grout.  It is ok if it gets on the tiles, we will be washing it off the tiles later.  Once again, try and make it as even as possible.

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Once it starts to dry, clean up the major chunks of grout on the tiles with a sponge.  This makes cleaning later easier.  Don’t worry about making it perfect.  You don’t want to take too much grout off.

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I found that a rag was easier to use, but that was just my preference.

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Let the grout dry for 24 hours.

Done! It’s random, and each time it turns out different, but that’s what I like about it 🙂

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ENJOY and Be creative with it!

-Kristina

 

 

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