A wonderful use of recycled glass is mosaics. This is an art form that has been used for centuries and can be done with the aid of simple instructions even if you are inexperienced. Keep your costs down by using recycled glass that you have gathered yourself, rather than purchased from a glass supplier. It is a permanent surface that is practical for functional household uses such as furniture, floors and countertops, creating a unique contemporary look to your decor.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Sandpaper, #400 grit
- Glass shards
- Acrylic primer paint (optional)
- Grout mix
- Soft rag
- Grout sealer
Remove your sink. If you have a laminate countertop, lightly sand it to get rid of the shine. Lay a piece of your glass on the counter and see how much the colour of the counter changes the colour of the glass to be used. Unless the countertop is white or a light neutral colour, or, your glass is a dark colour, you may need to prime your surface.
Lay your glass pieces out on your countertop and arrange them in a pattern that suits your space. The glass pieces can be used with a shiny clear surface, or you can sand or tumble the pieces for a frosted look. When you have your glass shards laid out, glue them in place. Use a glue that dries clear.
Mix grout in a bucket according to the manufacturer's directions. Spread the grout over the glass with a trowel. Spread it over the entire surface and then wipe the glass clean with a damp cloth. After the grout dries, wipe the surface again with a damp cloth.
Apply a grout sealer according to the manufacturer's instructions. This will help protect your grout from stains.
Reinstall your sink.
Tips and warnings
- Choosing several shades of the same colour of glass creates a pleasing design.
- Planning a design that has more glass than grout will look more cohesive than sparsely placed glass with an excessive amount of grout.
- You can substitute pieces of broken pottery for the broken glass shards.
- If you are breaking your glass, wear goggles and place a towel over the glass before hitting it with a hammer. Wear gloves to avoid cutting yourself on the sharp edges.
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