Learn How to Make a Mosaic Table

June 26, 2015 4 Comments


Learn How to Make a Mosaic Table with this detailed step by step project instruction sheet. Give an old table a new lease on life or create a new one to add a special piece to your home.


PROJECT TYPE Mosaic Table (Direct Method)
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Table
  • Adhesive - Cement based adhesive. Dunlop brand manufacture an adhesive called ‘Tile All’ which is available from Bunnings and suitable for this project. It is a two-part adhesive that needs to be mixed immediately before use.
  • Grout – Standard kitchen & bathroom grout which can be purchased from a hardware or tiling store. You can purchase pre-mixed grouts or colour your own with grout colourants. Grey is considered the safest option in terms of grout colour. Adding a grout additive (recommended) will improve the flexibility of the grout; this can also be purchased from Bunnings or a tiling store.
  • Mixing adhesive – Container & implement for mixing
  • Applying adhesive – Paint brush or palette knife
  • Grouting – Container for mixing grout, implement for mixing grout, container for water, sponge or cloth, gloves

(Note: Some of these steps may not be necessary in your project)

  1. Seal your table. Apply 3-4 coats of sealer, allowing between coats for drying. Grout additives also double as sealers, which can save you money.
  2. Plan your design & transfer onto your base. The outline of the design is adequate for making a mosaic.
  3. Pre-cut mosaic tiles
  4. Spread adhesive onto mosaic base with either a paint brush or palette knife. If using the cement based adhesive you need to create a bed of adhesive which the tiles are then stuck into. Apply adhesive in small sections as if the adhesive dries out it will need to be removed and reapplied.
  5. Place mosaic tiles into the adhesive
  6. Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours prior to grouting
  7. Remove any excess adhesive from the top of the tiles. Any adhesive level with the tiles will show through the grout so it needs to be removed. A sharp thin implement will be required (note: we stock repositioning tools which work well for this task).
  8. Grout the mosaic, see the ‘Beginners Guide to Grouting'. We recommend adding grout additive to the grout in a ratio to water of 50/50.

Note: These instructions may vary depending upon your project


make a mosaic table top with these step by step instructions


4 Responses

Betb MCilvoy
Betb MCilvoy

November 13, 2018

If you mark the pattern on the table how do you see the design as you have put adhesive down?


July 10, 2015

Hello Avis,

No you don’t need to seal the table as it isn’t porous. Before you begin it is a good idea to clean it down with methylated spirits before applying the adhesive.

Don’t forget to send us a photo or upload it into our gallery. Would love to see it!




July 10, 2015

I also want to add my thanks for the great information you give here. I have just finished mosaicing my first table. I chose a glass table. Should I have sealed it? I didn’t, thinking that glass would not be porus.

Lynette Reeve
Lynette Reeve

July 01, 2015

Mardi, Thanks for your information. I look forward to opening your emails and seeing what delightful things you are up to. Your tiles are great also. I am going to attempt a lazy susan for my daughter’s patio table which will not be out in the open, but I like the design you have on your table and will try to condense it down to suit the lazy susan. Keep up the good ideas. Lynette

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