I adore vintage furniture and up cycling to breath new life and love into again! This sad brown 1960’s bedside furniture is no exception so when I saw it in an auction Unloved I snapped it up to get creative with!
How to Upcycle a Vintage Bedside Table With Mosaics
I begin by cleaning all over and then glue playing paper to the surface. I do this to give me a blank background to create from and also It creates a good key surface for tiles as the material Formica is very slippery.
I use PVA glue and photocopy paper.
next step I begin laying out some tiles colour options. Design ideas are good to do without glue first to see if they fit.
Once I’m happy with the pattern I begin glue tiles on border.
I have some lovely round tiles which I use to create flowers into my table top.
I like to use triangle pieces to fill into the design background. The 20mm square tiles are easily snapped into half diagonally.
It’s st as ting to come together and I love the green turquoise theme.
I work on the sections one at a time and often turn the piece up so level to work with.
I keep building the design with tiles and patterns.
I keep tiling and let the tiles fix dry overnight before grouting.
The ready mixed black grout is worked into the tile crevices. I use package card or an old credit card works well.
When it’s well covered everywhere it’s time to clean off excess grout from surfaces. I use Warm water and cloth or wet wipes are fine and it takes lots of care to get grout off each tile surface.
I decide to create a turquoise fluffy inner section and choose some lovely faux fur to glue in the inner shelf.
soon it’s dry and ready to be adorned!
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Deb Thompson on Jan 02, 2021
Inspiring and informational! I didn't know these little tiles were available! My daughter and I were just talking about doing this but with real stain glass I have from old stain glass projects. Thank you... also a little white vinegar in the rinse water helps if you want water proof and use real grout... tip from my husband, an old mason :)
Daisy on Apr 05, 2021
Nice idea!! Looks like a great way to relax and make something unique and beautiful! Thank for sharing