Sometimes, you can’t even give away things for free. This gross, old, particle board table was left on the end of our driveway for a few days, but we had no takers. That’s when I decided to take it on as a challenge. I’ve been wanting to do a mosaic tile table for a long time, and now was my chance!
This project tested my patience way more than I thought it would. I ended up using different tiles, making up a pattern as I went along with tediously small tiles, and had to go back to the store after running out of grout. This table was a personal challenge to say the least, but I am actually quite happy with the result.
I didn’t do a lot of research for this project like I normally do, so I admit I had no clue what I was doing. But that was half the fun. My original thought was to outline the table with white square mosaic tiles and fill the inside with large iridescent shell tiles. I found none of those things at the craft store. Not even grout.
However, I did find vase fillers of the same shell material I wanted to use. The problem was, they are so tiny! I decided to do it anyways. There also weren’t any square mosaic tiles of the same color, so I decided to go with the blue themed triangle tiles, to make it an oceanic theme. Since there was no grout available at the first store I went to, I did have to travel to another. I got all my tiles and tile adhesive from Michael’s, and the grout from Hobby Lobby.
So, all together:
- Table top
- Mosaic tiles of your choice
- Tile adhesive
- Disposable gloves
- Cloth (I used an old Tshirt)
Let me just make a side note of how to pick your grout color: do whatever you damn please (excuse the language). I did a little bit of research because I have never applied grout in my life. The article said always use black grout. Otherwise, if you use white grout it looks like a kids project. We can agree to disagree, but I think my project does not look like a 5 year old made it. So do what you want, people!
How to make your tile mosaic table:
Depending on what kind of table you’re doing, you may or may not have to do a complete remodel. In my case, I did, so I spray painted the legs of the table ivory before I started tiling. I used quick, dry in 10 minutes, spray paint so I didn’t waste much time doing that. Then, I got to the good part.
This was the most tedious part, since I didn’t know what I was doing and was making it up on the way. I knew I wanted a border of triangle tiles and to have the shell tiles in the middle, but it needed a little something extra, so I added in the smaller circle in the center. To glue everything down, I used E6000 adhesive found at Michael’s. For the bigger tiles, I glued them down one by one, but for the small ones I spread the glue with a paint brush and placed the tiles where I liked them. I let it dry overnight.
The next morning, it was time to apply the grout. The grout I used was premixed, but ended up not being enough for the table. You will probably get enough grout if you do not get a premixed version (that’s what I get for being lazy).
Put on disposable gloves, and either spread the grout over the tiles by hand or using a spreader. I used my hands because the tiles I used were not even and I didn’t want to pull any up. Follow the directions on your grout, but mine said to sit for 15 minutes and then use a damp cloth to pull up the excess. At first, I used paper towels, but that didn’t work well so I used an old t-shirt which worked much better.
Once you’ve let the grout sit for an hour, use a dry towel to wipe off the top layer of grout sitting on your tiles. This is the finishing touch! Leave your table for 24 hours to set before you use it.
I hope you enjoy this lovely new piece in your home, I know my plants will love it!