I really enjoy arts and crafts when I am not cooking so any chance to get my fingers sticky and to create some form of art is one I never turn down. Recently I had an email from Topps tiles who sent me some pretty little mosaic tiles in shades of peach and also blue together with tile glue and asked me to create something with them. I was thinking I could create mosaic place mats, coasters, mirrors or even tile a little wooden jewellery box I had. All these ideas didn't really materialise for one reason or another and it was only when I was in my garage that I saw a forlorn folding coffee table that looked really plain and boring; an idea struck my head. Why not create a mosaic top for it?
Armed with the idea for my wooden mosaic table top, I set about planning my design. You can see below how I transformed a plain wooden tabletop into a beautiful mosaic tiled top.
You will need:
Ruler, pencil, paper
Paint brush for spreading glue
A rag to wipe off any access glue
1. Measure the size of the tabletop and cut a piece of paper the same size.
2. On the paper mark the centre point of it by drawing a horizontal line across the width and a vertical line across the length.
3. Peel off the tiles from the backing and separate them into piles of different colours.
4. On the paper, starting from the centre point, start to lay the mosaic tiles creating your chosen design. You may find the tiles will not reach to the end of the paper, this is fine as long as there is a symmetrical gap all around the paper edge.
5. Once you are happy with the design on your paper, you are now ready to transfer the mosaic tiles to your table top.
6. Using a ruler and pencil, mark the table centre as you did on the paper.
7. Starting from the centre tile, begin to glue the tiles in place a row at a time so that you do not mess up the pattern created on the paper.
8. Keep checking with the ruler that the tiles are level and not being glued at a slant.
9. Work on the table row by row transferring the tiles in the exact pattern from the paper to the table top.
10. Wipe off any excess glue using the rag slightly dampened in water. The glue will set clear when it's dry.
11. Once the tabletop is completely covered with the mosaic tiles, wipe off any excess glue and leave to set over night.
I would like to thank Topps Tiles for sending me an assortment of tiles to create my mosaic table. For lots of amazing mosaic tile art creations, you can check out the pinterest board here. I am looking forward to my next creation using the blue shades of tiles.