How To Easily Make A Beautiful Mosaic Ceramic Table
If you love ceramics as much as I do, then you are love working with them to create your own masterpiece! Transforming your old dull furniture into a magical landscape of ceramic colors adds depth and dimension to any old pieces you have in your home.
There’s something very calming to the spirit when you work with ceramics. The results are always stunning. This tutorial will show you how you can create your own ceramic tile piece easily and inexpensively too.
I had an old end table lying around and knew it needed some ceramic magic. It had a fabric denim top which I didn’t like at all but the rest of the table was a perfect fit for my new guest room.
Let’s get started on what you need to do to make your own masterpiece!
1 – Firstly, you need to find some ceramic tiles. I got mine for free! I visited my local tile shop and they had a load of tiles they were discarding. I asked if I can have some and they said yes! It was hitting pay dirt my friends. I’m sure you can find a local company and ask too. I never pay for ceramic tiles now and the color choices are amazing! Many companies discard their samples too so be sure to ask.
2 – Once you have gathered your tiles, you can decide which ones you want to use. You’ll also want to get some interesting pieces like river stones, glass beads, and any other interesting glass or ceramic pieces you’ll want to add. I found a beautiful collection from a variety of stores.
3 – You will need to break your ceramic tiles into smaller pieces. You’ll have to very careful when doing this. Make sure you wear protective goggles when working with ceramics. I like to encase my tile into a towel and then break them – this way the smaller pieces don’t go shooting anywhere. You will also want to wear plastic gloves to keep your hands clean during the process. I prefer the plastic disposable gloves but you can use any you like.
4 – You will also need tile grout. You can choose any color you like. I always use the pre-mixed tile grout. You can use the powder grout as well, you will have to mix that with water.
5 – Be sure to have on hand rags to wipe the tile grout mess and clean up your work as you go along.
This was how my table started. You can see the fabric top and how I started mapping out where I wanted my tiles to sit. It’s important to note that if you want a lamp or other decorative items to sit flat on the surface, be sure to use flat tiles in the center of the table.
When you work with the grout, it’s best to apply it in large clumps, then you can place your pieces and set them easily. Try to keep the stones as clean as possible along the way so you have less cleaning to do at the end.
I also use my finger to make molded guides for the edges and the sides.
It’s also a good idea to place the tiles and pieces you want to use so you can have a section all ready to.
As each section is completed, you can gently start to wipe some of the grout off.
Below, you can see I’m almost done and have set aside the pieces for the last section. It looks a mess now but just wait until you see the completed piece.
After placing each piece, I carefully wipe it down with a wet cloth to try and keep clean up to a minimum.
The top is done! All it needs is time to set and then a good cleaning.
Generally, I wait until overnight to start the cleaning process. You can use wet rags or steel wool to clean off the excess grout. It removes easily so no worries there. I gave the table one good clean and now, I’ll let it sit for a few hours and clean it again. Be careful not to clean away the grout holding your pieces.
After the tile was cleaned and set, I painted the base of the table to continue with the transformation. I wanted a color that was light and bright and used CeCe Caldwells Myrtle Beach Sand. I also used their Metallic Wax in Bauxite Beige to finish up with and provide protection and a beautiful finish.
I love this wax. It breathes a beautiful protective finish into the furniture.
I’m thrilled with the way this mosaic table turned out. I really enjoy having eclectic pieces in my home and this table fits that perfectly.
Working with mosaic ceramic allows you to create one of kind pieces in your home that you can use anywhere.
I also created this stunning mosaic table for my foyer.
I hope you get to enjoy making one too. It’s so relaxing and really keeps you grounded and focused.
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