How to Funk Up an Old Thrift Store Find With Glass Mosaic
I found this dull map design vintage coffee table hiding in a dusty corner of a thrift store but I could see it had potential to become much more!
I thought It looked sturdy and with a nice real wood surround as well as sweet shaped swivel screw legs. I could imagine it colourful bold and stripey!
Firstly I cover the table with plain scrap paper and paste it on so that I can plan and see my design better and something for mosaic tiles adhere to .
Once it’s a blank canvas again I plan the colours and decide on multi colour stripes with vitreous glass 20mm coloured tiles as well as black and white mini 10mm tiles too.
I use PVA glue to stick the vitreous glass tiles directly on paper. I work with the tiles in the sizes they are without cutting.
I continue making colourful stripes with a line of black and white small tiles to break up the pattern and balance the colours and design.
I continue spacing the tiles evenly with a small gap around each tile for the cement grouting later.
Checking there is enough space to finish the design is an important part of the project being successful. I lay some times down without gluing to make sure it fits evenly and then glue once I’m sure of fit.
Now to get on and grout finish the table. I use blue masking tape to protect the wood surround.
I work the ready mixed black grout into the crevices back and forth.
Next job is to clean off excess grout and wipe down. Although messy job it is so satisfying to see your design come to
The blue masking tape come off and then I clear wax the wood to nourish and bring to life
At last my table is transformed into a funky colourful practical coffee table that is so gorgeous!!