How To Make a Mosaic End Table

An end table can make a nice companion to your chairs and sofas as it gives a modern touch to your home. Try adding some mosaic art to that little piece of furniture, and it can add a touch of elegance to your home decor. You don’t have to spend much to redecorate your table, nor do you need to have special skills. You just need a little imagination and ingenuity to make mosaic art.

What you need:

  • An end table
  • Mosaic tiles, or any broken ceramic item or glassware
  • Spray paint
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Tile grout
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Tile cutter
  • Gloves and safety goggles
  1. Prepare your end table. Lightly sand your end table smooth with sandpaper, especially if it is old and has bits of chipping paint. Be sure to smooth out the nicks everywhere, from the legs to the underside of the tabletop. Wipe off the residue afterwards with a cloth.
  2. Create your design. You can use any design you like for your table. This will determine the color and pattern of the tiles and grout you will use later. Draw your design on the tabletop with a pencil. You can also spray paint the table with a particular color if you prefer, especially if you want it to match the color of the room you’re putting it in. You don’t have to color the tabletop, but be sure to color table edges. Be sure to do the spray-painting in a well-ventilated area, and use some old newspapers underneath so the paint won’t ruin the floor.
  3. Prepare your tiles. Use any ceramic item or glassware, and cut or break these into manageable pieces that you can use for your mosaic design. You can use leftover tiles, too. You can get them around your house, or from tile shops. While breaking or cutting the tiles, wear safety goggle to protect yourself from the debris.
  4. Start designing. Glue your tiles onto the tabletop according to your design, and be sure to allow a 1/8 to 1/4 inch gap between each tile so there would be room for the grout later. Continue until you finish your design. Wait for at least two days for the glue to dry.
  5. Apply the grout. Mix the tile grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, with a gloved hand, apply the grout between the gaps of the tiles until it is even with your glued pieces. Also, apply the grout along the edges of the table, and smooth it out.
  6. Apply the finishing touches. Use a slightly damp sponge to smoothen the tabletop surface, and to set the grout. This will also help in removing some bits of grout that may be stuck on your tiles. Wait for another one or two days for the grout to harden and settle. Then, you can use your newly designed mosaic end table.

Mosaic end tables are popular examples of using mosaic artwork to add color to an old piece of furniture. Adding your imagination and ingenuity with leftover items can do much in redecorating your home.


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