Stained glass mosaic patio table

I salvaged an old children's table that was put out in my neighbor's trash for use in our screened-in porch. The legs were wobbly, and a corner had been chewed on, but molding applied around the edges hid that, and my husband reinforced the legs for me.
After painting with an exterior latex, I drew a rough pattern using dinner plates and a cup. Each flower was unique, but had unifying features. I even created a bee using jewelry beads! I grouted it with a charcoal colored grout, then sealed it. It's a fun, yet practical piece. I used glass scraps that I had previously purchased on Ebay, and round glass pieces from the Dollar Store, so I only had to purchase a couple of additional pieces of glass for the project. It is one of the largest mosaic works that I've made, but I estimate my cost was around $30.00--although in terms of labor...priceless!

This is the finished table that I made for my screened-in porch.
The original (salvaged) table with the molding applied. I didn't have to seal the surface prior to creating the mosaic since the top was varnished and then painted.
In addition to reinforcing the legs we added plastic tips to protect the wood from moisture.
My dinner plate template. I use silver Sharpie on white to mark a pattern so it won't show through the glass. It can be easily removed with acetone if needed.
Each flower had a yellow center, with a combination of glass gems, colored and iridescent glass.
I made small circles with multicolored glass in between the larger flowers.
Trying to decide on the background. I usually start a project with a main idea, then work out the details as I go.
Glass color can vary by lot just like paint can. I learned this the hard way. Always mix old and new glass in the "same color" to avoid odd blocks of color, and to avoid having to take up hours of work in order to balance the shades!
This is my bead bee! I raised his head with clear glass so it would show after grouting.
Finished and ready to grout!
The round glass gems did not want to adhere well with only Weldbond glue. Several popped out during grouting. I used Mighty Putty to reset them and it worked really well since you can use it wet or dry.
After finishing. The Weldbond glue will dry clear, but it usually takes a while and there may be a glue shadow. Still, it is my favorite glue to use.

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12 questions
  • Amy9420792
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Could you do this on a glass top patio table? You have inspired me! It's gorgeous AND fun!

    • Jan
      on Sep 23, 2018

      I don’t know the answer but I wonder if the glass top would support the additional weight.

  • Sandy fornear
    on Sep 23, 2018

    How heavy is the finished table? All the glass and grout must add considerable weight...

  • Carolyn Klein
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Did you use Weldbond glue to bond each piece of glass? What grouting did you use? I want to try this on my glass patio table so needs to be weatherproof. Just love youridea!

  • Crazyfran
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Do you break your own glass or buy it?

  • Sue Dingmann
    on Sep 23, 2018

    What did you use to seal your table top? It’s beautiful!

  • Recycler
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Is the top level? I imagine theglass gems are higher than the plateglass

    • Em
      on Sep 23, 2018

      The glass gems are like half marbles so yes they are higher than the rest.

  • Frita Meister
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Can you do this project on an old rusty metal table? How do I remove the rust out of the table top?

    • Lili Stilson-Villanueva
      on Sep 23, 2018

      Scrub it good with a wire brush, (there is also a rust removing material, that home depot or a good paint store have, sry I ..don't remember the name)then use a anti rust paint or auto paint, to prevent further rusting

    • Momo s
      on Sep 24, 2018

      Naval jelly

    • Jewellmartin
      on Sep 25, 2018

      Clean the table and sand the table. Then use Rustoleum spray paint on the legs and bottom. You can use the same or a different paint on top, but I recommend Rustoleum for a smooth one-coat coverage. When the paint is dry, start applying the varied glasses. Instead of grout, I greatly recommend a triple-thick polyurethane or other clear sealer. The glass will glow more and be more secure. Best wishes, Frits! ☺️

    • Rebekah Huggins
      on Sep 30, 2018

      I would like to know this too

  • Richard Cano
    on Sep 23, 2018

    I have an octagon shaped table that 1) needs an upgrade and 2) would look beautiful with this type of project. What do I use to create a border for the glass and grout? And you'll notice what a noob I am by this question lol; where do I get glass for the project?

    • Paula Ball
      on Sep 23, 2018

      I got bags full from eBay but hobby lobby carries stained glass

  • Rsc11232706
    on Sep 24, 2018

    What Did you Use to seal it ? ( "grouted it with a charcoal colored grout, then sealed it.")

  • Mary
    on Sep 30, 2018

    Such a wonderful idea. Do you have to have a special tool for cutting the glass? And is experience necessary for working with glass? This has inspired ke to try working with glass, i find it amazing how each piece is different. Thank you for shating you idea and talent.

  • Tay34177553
    on Oct 2, 2018

    What a great piece. Good job! Well done. Bravo!

    I want one now!

    Great post. Can you halp a gal put..? What is the green sheet? The glass?

    Th kx!

  • Art by Laura.T
    on Nov 5, 2018

    What do you use for cutting the glass?

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  • Brenda Erickson
    on Sep 30, 2018

    This sounds like a great winter project for when we're stuck inside bc of Oregon rains! Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Priscilla
    on Mar 12, 2019

    Bravo! So beautiful and unique. One of a kind. I see it being a family heirloom

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