How to make a mosaic coffee table

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Create an original mosaic coffee table with a designer look, but a thrift shop price tag. Use leftover, discontinued or open stock ceramic tile to design a piece of furniture you will be proud to add to your home decor. There is a satisfaction of recycling and bringing new life to discarded furniture.

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Things you need

  • Coffee table base
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Hammer
  • Tiles, assorted colours
  • Tile adhesive
  • Grout
  • Grout trowel
  • Sponge
  • Bucket

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  1. 1

    Recycle a coffee table with an insert, easily found at flea markets or garage sales. Remove the original insert to be used as a pattern for the new mosaic top. Clean and refinish or paint the base of the coffee table, if needed.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of plywood the exact size of the original insert. Sand the edges, then draw the design you will use for your mosaic. Trace the outline with a permanent marker.

  3. 3

    Select and break the tile pieces in an assortment of sizes. Use a bath towel to protect and prevent the pieces from flying, wear safety glasses and carefully break the tiles with a hammer.

  4. 4

    Glue the broken pieces, arranging the colours in the design you have drawn, using tile adhesive. When you are pleased with the design, you are ready to prepare the grout.

  5. 5

    Mix the coloured grout according to the directions on the package. Spread the grout covering the entire surface, including all of the cracks, with a grout trowel. Remove all excess grout, and then wipe off with a damp sponge. Allow to completely dry before inserting the beautiful mosaic insert onto the coffee table.

Tips and warnings

  • This process may also be used to cover a patio table surface.

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