This was a project to use up some mosaic tiles I had laying around and to bring new life into a tired mid century table. As pretty as it was it didn’t suit my taste and wanted the table to have a glamorous personality and so the transformation begins!
How to Make a Coffee Table Glamorous Using Glass Mosaic Tiles
I begin by covering the table top with pva glue and plain paper to help make the design process easier to plan. It also helps tiles to adhere to a Matt surface.
Deciding on the colour palette and which size tiles is a challenge but I try and keep it simple with Black white pink and yellow. I use a variety of sizes that I have left over from other projects but you can choose those that you feel work a balance to your design.
I find the easiest way to work with a coffee table is to start on the outside border edge and work the design inwards. It helps keep spacing even and acts as guide for the whole design to keep straight as possible.
I continue to alternate the colours in black, pink white & yellow using PVA glue directly onto the paper and placing tiles onto the glue. I find this is easiest cleanest most efficient way to mosaic.
The design begins to take shape and I keep it simple and do not cut tiles. The corners are best tackled by having tiles fanned out slightly to keep evenly spaced And neat
It takes quite a few minutes for tiles to stick firmly which is useful if you need to reposition tiles.
I keep looking at what will bring a cohesive colour balance and change my mind a few times till I’m happy. Its always good to step away from your project and come back later and look at from distance too as well as with fresh eyes.
The last few pieces are a challenge and it is important part to lay down and test spacing etc without glue so you are sure before it all fits well!
After making sure design is dry and stuck well over night I tackle the grouting stage which is the messy but fun reveal part!
I choose black grout and use the ready mixed type as I find it easier than messing about trying to mix powdered grout powder and the get right consistency. Although often it works out quite a bit cheaper to mix your own.
I use an old credit card to get into the grooves and spread easily.
I continue all over working the grout back and forth into all crevices and edges and it takes about 15 mins to finish.
I use a warm damp cloth to clean off excess grout and clean and finish the tiles so tidy and no clogged areas or gaps.
Then using wet wipes to do final clean over.
super happy with Glamorous Coffee table now!