In this blog post we will be discussing creating a mosaic tile table top to breathe new life into your kitchen or dining room table. Although it might look difficult the process itself is quite easy. Whether you’re new to DIY projects or you’re a seasoned professional this guide will take you step by step through the process of updating your tabletops.
The Beginners Guide to Creating A Mosaic Tabletop
So why is creating a mosaic tile table top important? Well look at this way, you could either have a drab boring table top like everyone else or you could have a beautiful handcrafted tabletop that stands out from everyone else, Your friends and family may even wonder where you bought the tabletop at and you could tell them you made it yourself.
What is Creating A Mosaic Tile Table Top?
DIY projects have been around for years, there a way to express yourself by creating something with your own two hands. You will feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you took the time and effort to create something new and uniquely you. One common misconception is that DIY projects are difficult to make. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, with the advent of the internet almost any DIY project is at your fingertips.
How to get started with Creating A Mosaic Tile Table Top
The supplies to will need to create a mosaic tabletop include:
- The tabletop you want to redesign
- Ceramic tiles (make sure the ceramic tiles have the same depth)
- Belt sander or hand sander
- Sandpaper if your tabletop is wood
- Tile glue
- An old credit card or plastic card to apply the glue
- Paint (if you want to paint the ceramic tiles)
- Tile sealer
- Paint brushes
- Tile grout
- A hammer to break the ceramic tiles
- Safety glasses
- Puncture resistant gloves
- Containers to separate the ceramic tiles
- Cardboard or paper to layout your ceramic tile design
- Old clothes or rags to wrap the ceramic tiles in to break them
Tips for Success When You Create Your Mosaic Tile Table Top
Creating your mosaic tabletop may take a few days to complete. You may need to find an alternative place to eat at until your project is done. First you will want to prep your tabletop by either belt sanding or hand sanding the wood of the tabletop. You will need to ensure that the surface is smooth before applying the ceramic tiles.
Next cut a piece of cardboard or paper into the shape of your tabletop. This will be your template before you add the ceramic tiles to your tabletop. If your ceramic tiles are too large, lay them out onto a concrete floor and cover them with old clothes or rags then take a hammer and hit them sideways to make the cuts cleaner.
Then, decide whether or not you want to paint the ceramic tiles. If you do want to paint them you will want to want to use alkyd paint for areas where the ceramic tiles will remain dry; or oil based paint for areas where the ceramic tiles will become wet. Since we are making a mosaic tabletop I would recommend going with an oil based paint in the event that spills will happen.
Next, arrange your ceramic tiles onto your tabletop in whatever pattern you choose, but leave spaces between them. You will be adding tile grout to the empty space. It is best to work from the outside and move inward. Apply a thin layer of the tile glue to each tile using the old credit card or plastic card and place them on the tabletop. Leave the table top sit in a dry area for at least 24 hours.
Tips for Success When You Create Your Mosaic Tile Table Top (Continued)
Once the tile glue has dried go ahead and clean up any messes made from the glue by using a rag dipped in warm soapy water. Don’t forget to clean off the credit card or plastic card as well. Now it’s tie to apply the tile grout, follow the instructions for mixing the tile grout and apply it to the tabletop using the old credit card or plastic card.
Don’t worry if the tile grout gets all over the ceramic tiles, in other words we will clean it up later. Let the tile grout set for at least 4 or 5 days, once the tile grout has set then you can clean off the ceramic tiles by using a rag dipped in warm soapy water. After that, don’t forget to clean off the credit card or plastic card.
Lastly, its time to apply the tile sealer, keep in mind there are many different types of tile sealer. The first is sealer in a can and the second is sealer in a pot. In both cases you will want to apply the tile sealer to the entire top of the table and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Then, remove any excess tile sealer once it has dried thoroughly. Finally, sit back and take a look at what all your hard work has accomplished. Pat yourself on the back and admire you new tabletop design.
Common Questions/FAQ About Creating A Montage Surface
Should I lay out my ceramic tiles on an unfinished wooden table top?
No, you will want to apply the ceramic tile to a smooth finished surface, like a sanded wooden table top. This will allow the ceramic glue to adhere to the surface of the table easier than if the wooden surface were unfinished. Sanding the surface you will be applying the ceramic tiles to doesn’t take long.
Where can I find an assortment of ceramic tiles to use?
You should be able to find ceramic tiles at most home improvement stores. These include places like Home Depot, Lowes, Busy Beaver, 84 Lumber, and even some smaller local stores. For example, I live near Pittsburgh, PA so I could also look in places like Ables or Ace.
Can I create a mosaic table top if the table top is made of glass?
The answer is yes, glass is a great surface to work with when applying ceramic tiles. The tile glue adheres very well to glass without much effort. You will want to keep in mind to not make the table too top heavy or the table will become quite problematic to move it from one area to another.
Where can I find tables, and stools to use the mosaic design on?
You can begin looking for tables or stools to use the mosaic design on by asking family and friends of they have unused items that they are willing to part with. You can also look at local goodwill shops, thrift shops and flea markets to find items that you can use the mosaic design on and maybe even resell them for a profit.
Can I use the mosaic design on surfaces other than wood?
Yes you can but you will need to use a waterproof tile adhesive that is designed for that particular surface. For example, you could use the mosaic design on a metal table top as long as you use either a silicone waterproof or polyurethane waterproof adhesive for the best results.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Creating A Montage Surface
Creating your first mosaic table top isn’t too difficult you just need to have patience and determination to see the process through to the end. You can express yourself through the mosaic design you’ve chosen. You can find other home decor projects like Home Decorating On a Budget on my blog. Leave me a comment below if you have any tips or tricks about creating a mosaic design.