Make a Mosaic Table

A mosaic table project may be perfect for you if you'd like to add to the beauty of your home without spending a lot of money. You can change the appearance of a table that you already own or buy an inexpensive table and tile away.

Mosaic Art Supplies
First, you need a table. There are two requirements for a good mosaic table: the table needs to be sturdy (as the mosaics will add to the table's overall weight) and the surface of the table has to be flat. Shape really doesn't matter. You can add mosaics to a coffee table, make a mosaic bistro table or spruce up end tables, whether the table is oval, round or square.

In addition to a table, you will use a sander and 18-grit sandpaper to add roughness to the surface of your table. Tiles adhere better to a lightly abraded surface.

You will need an adhesive. You can try a construction adhesive or ask for input when you purchase your tiles. Buy grout as well.

If you don't have a pattern or design in mind, you can find free patterns online or buy them online or at your local craft store.

You will be faced with a myriad of colors when looking at tiles. Choosing your colors is part of the fun of any tiling project. If you like, you can substitute plates for tiles, break them into small pieces and sand down any rough edges. This is a terrific way to recycle older plates that have cracks or imperfections.

You will need sponges, a towel, a trowel or putty knife and a mixing bucket. You might consider getting a tile cutter if you decide to break plates or to break tiles into unusual shapes. A level can come in handy to make sure that the surface of your table is even. If you like, you can also add a sealant to protect your grout from stains.

Creating a Mosaic Table
Draw your pattern on the surface of your table. Then trace the design onto a piece of paper. Next, fill in the design on the tracing paper with your tiles. After you have finished, pick up a piece of tile, dab some of your adhesive on the back of the tile and place the tile on the table. Repeat until your table is complete, leaving about a 1/8 inch space between each tile. Let your mosaic dry.

Mix your grout according to instructions and then spread the grout back and forth over the surface of your table using a trowel or putty knife. After all of the spaces are filled, wipe off the surface of the table with a damp sponge. Wait about 20 minutes and then wipe down the surface again with a clean, damp sponge. Let your table dry according to instructions.

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