Patio Table Makeover


I love working on any little project that will enhance the look of the front porch. This metal side table was found at a yard sale for $2 and the bag of glass tiles was found at a thrift store for $3. My vision for this table became very clear pretty quickly.
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Before.
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I began by painting the table with an outdoor quality spray paint in white.
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Next, I began gluing the tiles down using Elmer's glue and allowed everything to dry.
patio table makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
The last step was to cover the tile with tile grout in an earthy color to bring out the colors. You just wipe away the excess and allow to harden for up to 24 hours. When dry, give it a good cleaning with a wet cloth and you're done!
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Here is the before and after of the project. What do you think?
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9 questions
  • Judy Pickett
    on Jun 21, 2016

    The table is beautiful. How much tile does it take?

  • Cha9831790
    on Apr 11, 2017

    c an you do this on a 48 in. glass table top?

  • Charlene Coull
    on May 7, 2017

    What kind of glue do you use

  • B. Roberts
    on Jun 4, 2017

    Can i do this on a glass top garden table?
  • Shirley Lynch
    on Oct 27, 2017

    did you have to sand it to get it all level ? my glass pieces are all different heights

  • Bob32532324
    on Jan 27, 2018

    Can I use caulk instead of grout?
    • Connie Quine
      on Mar 5, 2018

      Yes, you can use clear or colored caulk to glue the glass pieces down. I think the clear caulk would be best, but whatever you like.

  • Mary Collins Dolan
    on Mar 5, 2018

    It's gorgeous but with plain glue is it weatherproof? Also, how did you edge the tile around the outside?

  • Guy21320340
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Where can I find glass tiles if not in a thrift store? I live in Newfoundland Canada.

    • Joanne Waylett
      on Mar 6, 2018

      You might check Walmart or Michaels crafts if there are any in your area. They sell reasonably I've sometimes seen them at Marshalls or Tj Maxx but I don't know if they are in Canada

    • Carol
      on Mar 7, 2018

      You can even buy new ones at like a Home Depot or a place like it.

  • Guy21320340
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Where can I find glass tiles if not in a thrift store? I live in Newfoundland Canada.

    • Man32729138
      on Mar 5, 2018

      Amazon

    • Valleycat1
      on Mar 5, 2018

      You could also buy yard sale plates or ceramic trays and break them up.

    • Valleycat1
      on Mar 5, 2018

      I have a couple of these tables I am thinking of topping with pennies (we have a huge jar full). If you do not like colored grout there is a self leveling epoxy that is clear and would protect whatever you use for the top-often used for bar tips etc.

    • C Crow
      on Mar 5, 2018

      Many craft stores carry these and sometimes call them "sea-glass" even though they are glass smoothed in tumblers. I often see them in the candle aisles. If you can get to a Michael's craft store they carry "multi-colored sea glass rocks by Ashland." If worse comes to worse, you could set glass scraps (stained glass shops, auto glass shops) and tumble them yourself in a hobby tumbler.

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