Remember when we created the DIY Concrete Garden Leaves at a Blue Hair Craft Day? Well, our second project was designing Mosaic Tables! This was our first time attempting a mosaic project but luckily, we had our fearless leader, Dianne, to ease any worries!
Rewind a few months – The Blue Hairs have been discussing this project for some time. Over a few months, each lady collected a ‘project’ table. One came from a yard sale, another selected from an antique store, another was saved from the donation pile and one was a family hand-me-down. The table selection is important, you’ll want a glass or wood top and preferably, with a slightly raised rim.
The tables were cleaned and two needed a little prep work: a new piece of MDF and spray paint.
Prior to the project, the Blue Hairs bought their supplies: glass gems, sea glass, shells, marbles, etc (you could use any decorative items on top), plastic bowls, sponges, grout, rubber gloves, and mosaic tile adhesive. They also needed a water source and trowels.
Tip: A few of the ladies purchased their colored gems from the Dollar Tree instead of a big box craft store.
First, the fun and yet, the most difficult part of the project, designing the table! The ladies needed to arrange their mosaic pieces prior to gluing! You’ll want to make sure that you have enough gems. Make sure to take the design all the way to the edge of your table. Also, space the gems or tiles relatively close together. The further apart they are, the more grout you’ll see.
Each table evolved with a different personality and we knew they would be stunning!
With the gems in place, they used their mosaic tile adhesive (you can find this product at any craft store) to glue each individual piece. Depending on the size of your table, this will be the most tedious task. Each piece needs a medium amount of glue but do not worry, the glue dries clear.
After designing and gluing gems, the group paused for the day to eat lunch and socialize. The Blue Hairs left their drying tables at Georgia’s house and returned a week later. We would recommend following instructions on your mosaic adhesive for drying time. You can complete the grouting process the next day.
The Blue Hairs returned for their final session, grouting the tables. The Blue Hairs setup a workstation, plastic drop cloths on the ground, a long work table near a hose and a cleaning station. You’ll need an area to clean your bowls and dump the leftover grout. Next, they chose their grout color. They selected between White, Gray or Charcoal colored grout depending on their design.
Make sure to wear protective gloves! To mix the grout, start will a small amount of grout in a plastic bowl and gradually add water. Stir with a trowel and keep adding water until the consistency is similar to brownie mix. Yep, those exact words were used to describe the grout mix from our leader!
To pour the grout, you can pour the mixture in the center of your table and spread. It’s important to work the grout into each crevasse and cover each stone. You’ll probably have to make several batches of grout to cover your table.
As you can tell from the photo below, the grout is pretty thick. You’ll want to wipe off the edge of your table or anywhere where there is excess grout.
The Blue Hairs waited a few minutes to let the grout set and then removed the excess grout with paper towels. It may sound counter-productive to pour more grout than you need but you want to make sure to get every space filled.
Once the excess grout is removed, the detailing work can begin. You’ll need patience! The Blue Hairs used a wet sponge and a bowl of water to clean the stones. They lightly dragged their sponge across the table, wringing and rinsing their sponge after each swipe.
You’ll need to continuously swipe, rinse, wring and pour the dirty water out. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Eventually, you’ll see the glimmer of your gems!
Tip: Do not remove too much grout! Just enough to expose the top of your gems!
The Blue Hairs left their grout drying tables overnight at Georgia’s. Before they were delivered, we took a few photos. Each one turned out beautifully and fits the personality of their owner!
Once the grout is completely set, you can keep cleaning the glass gems for a pristine, glimmering shine!
The mosaic table below belongs to Daughter and it fits perfectly on her outdoor patio! During the day, the cart is utilized for herbs but as the sun sets, it becomes an outdoor bar cart!
The scroll details continues through the bar/herb cart, the rug and a decorative wall hanging!
Daughter’s pup, Riley, even admires the new patio addition!
Even though this project took several days, the Blue Hairs had a blast and even convinced the ‘non-crafty’ lady to see the project through! Georgia and Daughter have now gathered a few more tables that need a little DIY!
~georgia & daughter