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Mon, Apr 15, 2013

How to Make A Mosaic Table

What better way to decorate your home and give an old table a new lease on life that to mosaic it. Because of their flat surface tables make a relatively easy mosaic project, which will give joy for many years to come.

mosaic table project

Project Instructions

  • A variety of mosaic 2 cm glass tiles.
  • Table - This is a wooden table, which is okay because it's not going to be subject to moisture. If you've planning an outdoor table than wood is not a great choice because it's prone to water damage.
  • Cement based adhesive
  • Sealer
  • Two wheeled cutters
  • Platte knife for applying the adhesive
  • Pencil, ruler for drawing your design onto the table
  • Grey grout (white + charcoal grout colourant)
  • Sponges & grout clean up equipment


  1. Prepare your table. For this project I've used a Primer / grout additive to seal the table. Make sure that you seal the table well with 3-4 coats, leaving 30 minutes between each coat to allow it to dry. Sealing is essential regardless of if it is going to be exposed to the elements.
  2. Draw your design onto your table. This design is made up of 18 squares, which are divided by rows (both horizontal & vertical) of dark cream venetian glass tiles. The coloured squares are then further broken up by geometric shapes, rectangles & squares. Drawing grid lines onto the surface of the table will help keep your tiles in alignment when adhering them. 
  3. Chose you tiles & cut them to size. I've used 2 cm glass tiles and cut them into quarter squares. To add interest and variation I've used tiles with different finishes, i.e. venetian, gold streak and iridised glass tiles
  4. Adhere your tiles to the surface of the table, playing particular to attention to the edge tiles to ensure they are firmly secured. A palette knife is a great tool for applying the adhesive. As it is a table try to keep the tiles are flat & even as possible. It is also important with this design to ensure the lines are kept as straight as possible. Once you've completed tiles allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours. 
  5. Clean up any excess adhesive with a repositioning tool (or something similar) 
  6. Grout the table. I've choosen grey because it is a neutral colour that worked well this is design.

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