How to Jazz up a Dull Lamp-base With Mosaic

4 Materials
$3
2 Hours
Medium

This charity shop gem lamp base was screaming out for a jazzing up and I had just the right glass pieces left over from another project to transform it.

Lamp base ready to be jazzed up
Lamp base ready to be jazzed up

The plain wood base is going to be adorned with smalti a type of mosaic glass tile that is hand made and pieces are with chunky varied shapes and colours .

Lamp base and smalti glass tiles
Lamp base and smalti glass tiles

I use pva glue to stick tiles on and as not using grout I butt the glass tiles up tighter with no gaps. I start from bottom edge.

Glue tiles to base
Glue tiles to base

Adding tiles but by bit . I then position the base to support somtiles don’t slide off until dry then position around to do next section.

Placing tiles into base with PVa
Placing tiles into base with PVa

Choosing colours to compliment each other and varied sizes to add interest.

Positioning base to prevent tile  slip
Positioning base to prevent tile slip

I continue adding tiles slowly letting each section dry in between.

Adding tiles
Adding tiles

The base begins to look really colourful and with each layer it develops a personality.

Adding more tiles to base
Adding more tiles to base

Then at last is transformed and looking amazing. I created lampshade mosaic makeover to go with it ( see separate tutorial on how to create this look) and wow I’m so happy with how it turned out.

Mosaic lamp
Mosaic lamp
Mosaic lamp base
Mosaic lamp base
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
18 Fun Ways To Add Glitter To Your Home Decor
30 Genius Ways To Make The Most Of Your Closet Space
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
21 Insanely Cute Reasons to Add Pineapple to Your Decor
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home

Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

2 comments
Your comment...