Tables Are Tops Challenge

4 Materials
7 Days

For my tabletop challenge, I decided to try my hand at a mosaic. After researching multiple options I chose to use flat back gems. Because this was my first mosaic project, I decided to go with basic colors and design. I began with a small bedside table that could be used for family photos, a small plant, or just as a focal piece. I began by outlining my design. I must admit that I made several changes
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After finding the right design, I began the tedious process of gluing the gems to the table. I used Loctite Super Glue to make sure the gems adhered properly. Other adhesives had strong fumes and I was working inside. The Loctite had low fumes and bonded quickly.
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After the gems were glued, it was time to grout. The gems were placed so that there would be enough space for the grout to settle between them.
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For convenience, I used a white pre-mixed grout.
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The grout was of a smooth consistency and easy to work with. I used my bare hands to spread it and had no problems.
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After wiping the excess grout away, the remaining grout had to season for 48-hours. After 48-hours had passed, I sealed it with Grout & Tile Sealer. This is what the table looked like after 48-hours.
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After the sealer was applied, I allowed it to dry before buffing the gems.Now I'm ready for my grand presentation.
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This is my tabletop challenge - I present to you, Le défi de Gloria.
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3 of 8 questions
  • Karen
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Is that just a piece of wood for the table top? Thanks!

  • Zoe
    on Jan 18, 2019

    Where is the best place to buy mosaic tiles?

  • Tracy Lynn
    30 minutes ago

    What kind of tabletop are you gluing the gems to? Is it cardboard? I have coffee table that is made out of wood. My husband's grandfather made it. This would be such a nice idea to spruce it up. It's just plain and blah now. Would I use the same glue and the other materials, the same as you used? I'd hate to totally ruin the table!!!!

    Yours looks amazing!

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  • Susan Lundquist
    3 days ago

    Love it! Have my grandmother’s antique patio set, but no glass. Had chairs and table refinished with powder-coat paint and fabric on seats. Was vacillating between a new glass top $$ and a travertine top $$$$ Thanks to your post, think I will tackle making one instead, with muted color modifications that fit our Mediterranean palette.


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