How can I upcycle metal stool to patio table

I found this metal stool at a local antique store for $29. I would like to tile the top to make a small patio table to go with 2 bar height patio stools for our beach condo balcony. Any suggestions? The top is slightly concave, should I drill holes for drainage or just use more glue/mortar in the center to make the top flat? Should I try to attach cement board to the top before tiling or can I just attach tile to the metal? Help please?
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  • William William on Apr 12, 2016
    I would use a piece of 3/4" plywood and bolt it to the top of the stool, about eight positions along the edge, countersinking the heads of the bolts, washers and nuts underneath to level the top. Use Mastic - comes premixed in tubs, not thinset - and tile the top. Then you can tile the edge all around. Let dry overnight, then grout. If you use mosaic tiles, there would be minimal cutting of the tiles. You could also use flat glass rounds, cork rounds, cracked plates, even glue on bottle caps, etc., instead of tile. It's YOUR stool and your imagination.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 12, 2016
    I would suggest researching pinterest for an inspiration.They truly have all the answers
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 12, 2016
    Once again, William has a great suggestion! I think aggregate would look good as a top also.
  • Valerie Valerie on Apr 13, 2016
    I personally would tile directly over the top, without holes. If you do want to add holes, place a dowel stick through the hole and only remove it once it has been grouted to avoid the hole being covered by the grout. I would be inclined not to add a wooden top, as my experience has been that the wood eventually expands in the rain, and that would cause the mosaic to crumble.
  • Ranger Ranger on Apr 13, 2016
    What about painting tiles on it? You could find a design and pattern you like, get the paints out and go for it.
  • Dee Dee on Apr 13, 2016
    Using a piece of wood would allow you to make the top larger if you wanted, giving you more surface area on your table top.
  • Linda Y Linda Y on Apr 13, 2016
    I wouldn't go to the trouble of tiling it. You could fake tiles using paint or even cardboard with printed designs and then spray varnish. Personally I would use a stone finish spray paint on the top as then it could be changed easily to another colour. You could even make a pallet wood tray that would sit over the top, that would look great.
  • Ruth Ruth on Apr 14, 2016
    Any tile will crack or come loose if not on a level surface. I've had luck with cement board, personally. Use that with mastic for the tiles and you're good to go. I'd consider the earlier suggestion of making the top slightly larger for a better aesthetic if using for a tablr..otherwise, it could look exactly like the stool it is.
  • Ranger Ranger on Apr 14, 2016
    Even linoleum - which comes in a lot of various designs - might be an easy option.
  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Apr 15, 2016
    You should be able to attach the cement board with liquid nails. I would take a small piece of cement board and a tin can and try it first though to make sure they will adhere to each other. No need to do anything with the concave, just run your liquid nails along the round edge and that will hold fine.
  • Christie Keiper Coffman Christie Keiper Coffman on Apr 17, 2016
    If I make the top larger, can I tile the cut edge of the cement board or how do I finish the edge?
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    • Christie Keiper Coffman Christie Keiper Coffman on Apr 20, 2016
      It faces southeast & gets sun most of the afternoon.
  • Ruth Ruth on Apr 18, 2016
    You could use Silicone II to hold the cement board to the stool. Or an epoxy. The thickness. If the board is a matter of choice. If u use the thicker board, you will have to finish the'll be about an inch with tiles, so I'd tile that too. If u use the 1/4", you can simply cover the edge with mastic. Or paint it. Or both.