How to Transform a Coffee Table With Mosaic Art!

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
6 Materials
4 Hours

I love to create functional pieces of art and seeing this old vintage coffee table where the broken glass top was removed and I saw underneath was plywood which is fine to lay tiles directly onto.

Vintage broken glass table
Remove glass top

I remove safely the top of table and clean the top ready for design.

Table top
PVA glue edges

I decide to use 10 mm black vitreous glass tiles that are all pre cut and can be laid directly with PVA glue straight onto the top.

PVA glue onto table
Laying tiles

I start to lay the tiles around edge of table in a straight evenly spaced manner.

Laying tiles around edge
Laying mosaic tiles

Laying the next row working from the outside edge inwardly. I choose colour palette of greens oranges and pastels. I use tiles of 20mm and there is no need to cut these.

Laying mosaic tiles
Create design

I choose to alternate the colours and do black boundary lines with white interspersed in it too.

You can choose colours you like or vary the stripes in whatever way you feel works.

Adding tiles to table with PVA glue
Adding more tiles
Building the design
Ready to grout

I lay the last few tiles in centre and leave it to dry overnight before grouting with ready mixed black grout .

Laying tiles in centre

I spread the ready mixed black grout along the middle with a plastic card and work it into all the crevices and clean it off after 20 mins with a wet cloth and wipes.

Grouting the table

Give the final clean and tidy once it is dry and remove any dry grout that is covering the tiles.

Cleaning off grout
Big Reveal

The table is ready to be showcased!

Mosaic coffee table
Mosaic upcycled coffee table
Mosaic coffee table
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  • Betsy Gaus Betsy Gaus on Apr 09, 2020

    I have a glass tabletop. Would the PVA glue work on glass?

  • Kathy Mason Kathy Mason on Apr 13, 2020

    approximately how many tiles did it take to do your coffee table?

  • Kath Kath on May 28, 2020

    What could you use for the base (table top) that would be waterproof for outdoor use?

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