Mosaic art is a stylish, modern way of giving outdoor furniture a new lease of life. With a bit of imagination and some spare time, you can completely makeover an old wrought iron table, as Peter Harris did in our story. You can either design your own mosaic pattern, or you may prefer to copy someone else's design.
- An old table (wrought iron for our story)
- Spray paint
- Piece of fibre cement sheet or outdoor ply cut to tabletop size
- Approximately 150 glass tiles ($8.75 per bag of 30 tiles from Lincraft)
- Mosaic cutter (Lincraft $45.99)
- Grouting mixture/concrete (Lincraft supplies them for $10 per bag in black, white and terracotta)
- Super Glue or glue gun
- 2 x chairs (cane or deck chairs)
- 2 x cushion
How It's Done
In our story, Peter Harris changed an old wrought iron table into a piece of modern art! There were five basic steps:
- First, sand down the table and remove the old paint. Spray paint the base and let dry.
- While the base is drying, arrange the tiles in the design you want, next to the table.
- Cut any tiles that require it.
- Hint - If you're going to cut your tiles, make sure you wear protective glasses.
- Cut a piece of fibre cement sheet or outdoor ply and fix to the top of the table or simply glue the tiles straight on to the tabletop and let dry.
- Prepare your grouting mixture and lightly fill in the gaps between the tiles with the mixture.
- Wiping away any excess grout.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth.
- Let dry, then clean tabletop.
- Mosaic tabletops should be left as they are.
- Don't try to use a finishing surface paint.
- Add a couple of chairs and cushions for your new-look outdoor setting.
How Long Does It Take?
Making a mosaic tabletop takes approximately one day, depending on the complexity of the chosen design.
Depending on the type of tiles you choose, about $60 to $80. (This includes paint, grouting mixture, tiles and plywood).
You can also buy 'off the rack' mosaic tables from many boutique homeware and furniture stores. A small coffee table similar to the one used in our story will set you back around $400-$500. Therefore, making your own is far cheaper and you can let your creative genius break out!
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