My friend Leslie and I made our first mosaic table together! We took one of those really inexpensive wood tables (round, with three detachable legs) from Target and made it look really different.
Table to put mosaic on
Work surface and newspaper to protect work surface
Glass pepples (avail. at craft shops) – we used clear, white, and shades of blue
Mosaic grout (we used a black pre-mixed grout, which was super-easy)
Popsicle sticks (or some other straight piece to help spread the grout evenly)
Bucket with water (so you’re not putting grout down the sink when you start to clean)
Paint for underside and/or legs
Sponge brush (those $.30 black sponge brushes to apply paint and varnish)
Clear varnish for use on outdoor pieces
We waited 15 minutes, then started wiping it all off with the sponge. We would rinse the sponge in our bucket, then go back to wiping.
One thing I learned while doing this is that you want the mosaic to be uniform all around the edge. On the pic below, you can see a little white where the grout didn’t go all the way to the edge since the marble was so far away. I just took my black paint (after this pic) and touched that up, and it’s totally unnoticable now. Since this was the first time I had done a mosaic table, I didn’t think about that happening…but for next time, I will know to be better about laying things out so the edge is neater and uniform.
I waited 24 hours and then painted the underside of the table with black paint using my sponge brush. I can’t decide whether to paint the legs or not, though! Since this table is going outside and the rocking chairs on my porch are their natural wood color, I’m wondering how I want to do those…I may just stain the legs for outside protection.