How to Transform an Old Coffee Table With Mosaic

4 Materials
4 Hours

I love finding old vintage coffee tables in auctions and could instantly see the potential in this little piece.

Old vintage coffee table

I cover the top of the table with white paper and use pva glue to fix. This gives me a clean base to see a design more clearly and the tiles then can be stuck straight on to the paper which also helps with adhesion grip.

Pva glue onto table top

The choice of colours and design is the tricky but fun part. I begin with a border of small vitreous glass tiles in assorted earthy tones glue onto paper with pva.

Applying the glass tiles to edges

And then a border on the top surface with small evenly spaced tiles.

Edge of glass mosaic tiles

Then I use a mixture of bigger glass vitreous tiles in shades of orange reds browns white and grey. Alternating to bring balance and tone.

Building the design with small and large glas

As I continue to build the design I keep the rectangle shape and even spacing between tiles.

Adding tiles in rectangle design

When finished and dry is time to add grout I used ready mixed black grout.

i spread on the cement grout with a old credit card and use back and forth action to get it into all the crevices.

Black grout onto tiles

Working it all in until is covered and wiped off excess and leave to dry.

Wipe off excess grout

The next day after setting the tiles area can be cleaned further and tidied up.

Cleaning up

Then the big reveal and I’m so thrilled with how beautiful it turned out!

Upcycled Mosaic coffee table
Mid century coffee table upcycled with mosaic
Table top in mosaic
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  • Kris Stupka
    on Oct 31, 2019

    How many tiles did you use ? Beautiful

    • Susan Goode
      on Nov 1, 2019

      Sorry I didn’t count but depends on what sizes you use too and the gaps.

  • Robyn Garner
    7 days ago

    I can see why you want to put paper on the surface so you can see what you're doing but I have 2 questions.

    1. Why didn't you mark grid lines on the paper before you began putting tiles down? Everything would've been straight that way.
    2. PVA glue is water soluble. As all the tile work was down on top of the white paper, there's nothing to stop the all the tile work from coming "de-laminated" to the table top if any water gets underneath. Why didn't you use ModPodg or something that dries permanently affixed - or just paint the top white?

    Good job overall and now an old table is custom! 😎

    • Susan Goode
      5 days ago

      Helpful hints thanks. I guess we all have a way of working that suits us.

  • Julie
    2 days ago

    Love this... Is there patterns or designs ? I'm not that talented as to make it look like that..

    • Susan Goode
      2 days ago

      Is easy in promos! Just always start from outside and work row by row to the inside. Thanks for your interest and appreciation

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