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.
Mosaic Table (Direct Method)
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)
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.
Plan your design & transfer onto your base. The outline of the design is adequate for making a mosaic.
Pre-cut mosaic tiles
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.
Place mosaic tiles into the adhesive
Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours prior to grouting
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).