DIY Mosaic Patio Table
How To Make a Mosaic Patio Table
OUR HOMES took a tired, weather-beaten, wooden patio table and gave it new life with old plates, bowls and tiles.
Old plates, ceramic bowls and tiles
Safety glasses and gloves
Ceramic tile glue
Sealant (a must for an outdoor table)
Hint: Select a colour scheme and a basic design. Make sure you have enough of one mosaic colour to fill in the desired area.
Step 1: Wrap plates and tiles in an old tea-towel or cloth bag. Place them in a shallow plastic vessel or cardboardbox. Put on your safety glasses and smash the plates and tiles with a hammer.
Step 2: Separate the mosaic pieces by colour. Make sure you have enough pieces to complete your design. Hint: We used the lips of the plates along the edges of the entire table.
Step 3: Cover your starting point with an ample amount of ceramic tile glue and start placing your mosaic pieces. You may have to apply glue directly to each piece. The thickness of each piece may vary, which adds interest to your table. Place pieces relatively close together. You can fill in the gaps with smaller pieces later. Continue to work in segments until the surface is filled and your design is complete. Allow 24 hours for the glue to dry.
Step 4: This is a two-person job. One person applies the grout with a grout floater while the other cleans each tile as you go along. Clean the tiles as best you can, otherwise the grout will dry and you will spend hours scrubbing and digging them out. Allow 24 hours for the grout to dry.
Step 5: Once the grout is dry and the tiles are clean, it’s time to apply a sealant. We used Circa 1850 Nu-Lustre 55 – a thick, highgloss clear epoxy finish. One coat of this product equals up to 55 coats of varnish. Follow the directions carefully. You can find this product and others at the hardware store. Hint: We used a brush to apply the epoxy.