How to Upcycle a Vintage Bedside Table With Mosaics

5 Materials
6 Hours

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!

Old bedside table

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.

Glue surface
Paper surface

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.

Glue tiles

Once I’m happy with the pattern I begin glue tiles on border.

Glue tiles

I have some lovely round tiles which I use to create flowers into my table top.

Cut tiles

I like to use triangle pieces to fill into the design background. The 20mm square tiles are easily snapped into half diagonally.

Triangle fill in background

It’s st as ting to come together and I love the green turquoise theme.

Mosaic bedside table top

I work on the sections one at a time and often turn the piece up so level to work with.

Mosaic the table sides

I keep building the design with tiles and patterns.

Tiling the table

I keep tiling and let the tiles fix dry overnight before grouting.

Ready to grout

The ready mixed black grout is worked into the tile crevices. I use package card or an old credit card works well.

Spread grout

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.

Clean grout
Clean grout off

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!

Mosaic bedside tavle
Mosaic bedside tavle
Mosaic bedside table

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  • Deb Thompson 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 Daisy on Apr 05, 2021

    Nice idea!! Looks like a great way to relax and make something unique and beautiful! Thank for sharing