Learn how to make your own do it yourself glass tile mosaic table at home.
You will need:
- Your choice of glass tiles
- Tile nippers (optional)
- Tile adhesive
- Paint brush
- Safety goggles
- Plastic trowel
If you love the look of mosaic tables, but hate the price tag that goes with them, it may be time to try your hand at making your own mosaic table. With only a few supplies and a little time, you can create a table that is just as impressive as any that you would find in a store.
To get started, you’ll need to find a table to use as the base for your mosaic design. Ideally this should be a table with a wooden surface. Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to look for a table. Since the top will be covered with tile, you can even use something with a marred top.
Once you have selected a table, it’s time to get to work! Lay your tiles out on the surface of the table, and experiment with different design options. Arrange the tiles haphazardly to create an abstract design, or arrange them more carefully to create a specific image (sun, flower, shapes, etc.).
Tile nippers can be used to trim the tiles if you need tiles of a specific size or shape for your design. To cut a tile, simply place the tile inside the tile nippers, so that the place where you want the tile cut is positioned along the edge of the nippers. Then, just clamp down onto the handle until the tile breaks. (Since tile can sometimes break in unexpected ways, it is a good idea to wear safety glasses for this step.)
Once you are satisfied with your design, glue the tiles to the tabletop with tile adhesive. You will need to apply the adhesive to the back of the tile and the place on the table where you will be attaching it for a complete bond. (A paintbrush works perfectly for applying the adhesive.)
Continue to glue tiles to the top of the table until your design is complete. (The tiles will need to set up for 24 hours before you can continue to the next step.)
After 24 hours have passed, it’s time to grout. Open your container of grout, and apply thick coats of grout to the table with a trowel or float. (The object of grouting is to fill in all the cracks between your tiles, so don’t be afraid to apply it heavily.) Note: It’s also completely normal for the grout to get onto your tiles, so don’t worry when this occurs; it can all be cleaned off later.)
When all of the cracks are full of grout, you’ll need to shift your focus to removing the excess grout that’s on the tiles. Use a lightly moistened sponge to wipe the tiles clean. (Be careful not to use too much water, as it will thin the grout.) Rinse your sponge out often, and continue to wipe the tiles off until they are completely clean.
Then, just let the grout cure for 24 to 48 hours, and your table is ready for use!