Old Coffee Table Makeover Transformation With Mosaic Glass Tiles

7 Materials
3 Hours

I just love the design of these little Vintage Mid Century coffee tables with their sleek dansette legs and so when I see them in junk shops or jumble sales I just have to rescue them!

It's great fun to up cycle to give a more up to date look using pretty little glass mosaic tiles. MMmm so many designs and gorgeous coloured tiles to choose from.

Vintage table mosaic up cycle

Firstly I covered the table in plain white photocopy paper using Unibond PVA adhesive to give a good base to stick tiles on so they stay put and also it helps design and colour choice with a plain background.

Vintage table before UP-Cycle

The tiles I chose to decorate were 10 mm x 10 mm vitreous glass tiles in cool shades of green blue black white and brown colours also I chose some with a delightful gold streak in them to add texture. And some clear see through glass. No need to cut you can place directly onto the table remembering to leave a small gap in between tiles for grout .

Stick tiles with PVA adhesive

I started sticking tiles from the outside rim and followed the natural shape going inwards with various color combinations towards the center. Try keeping the tiles evenly spaced and straight.

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Sticking glass tiles evenly spaced

When you have finished your design and given it at least an hour to dry securely, it is time to grout. I used Unibond ready mixed tile grout in Black. I apply it with an old credit card as it is flexi and helps get into all the gaps. You may want to use gloves to protect your hands and I prefer to do this part outside as bit messy.

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Apply tile grout

When all the table is grouted and all crevices filled it is time for wiping away excess and cleaning your design. Multi use Wonderwipes by Bestbuild are perfect for the job as they are disposable and come in so handy for loads of craft & DIY jobs.

The table begins to reveal its beauty!

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Wiping away excess grout

After a little more refined cleaning as some of the tiles may need a bit more clean up. The table is ready to use and looks great in any space.

I am so thrilled with the result!

How to transform coffee table with Mosaic
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • She11524914
    on Jan 10, 2019

    Do you have any idea how to put a lip on a square laminate table I already own? I have tiles but it looks like a lip would be needed.

    • Lesa K
      on Jan 11, 2019

      Tile edge trim.. they have many colors of this and also outside corners you can buy so you wont have to cut miters for the corners if you don't want to. You put the edge trim on first and the tile overlaps a lip the is part of the edge trim there are videos on line that show how to use it...

    • Susan Goode
      on Jan 11, 2019

      yes and it depends what you would like the lip/ trim to be in ? options may include wood doweling edge trims can be glued on or you can get metal or glass thin rods which can glued in around edges to create a raised higher than tile lip. I find that when you grout the raw tiles edges it naturally makes a smooth finish around outside if you do so carefully that a lip isn't needed sometimes. Guess it depends on aesthetics /purpose you prefer

    • She11524914
      on Jan 11, 2019

      Thank you for the great ideas. I will certainly look into those options.

  • Vicky
    on Aug 3, 2019


    • Susan Goode
      on Aug 3, 2019

      Bigger quantities lower the price and sometimes I get mixed varied boxes of tiles so best to shop around for deals.

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