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How To Design Mosaic Table Top with Ceramic Tiles

Updated on April 19, 2017
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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She creates numerous crafts that sell successfully.

Mosaic Designs

How to Use Ceramic Tiles to Create and Design a Mosaic Tile Table Top.

If you have an old table you do not like why not turn it into something beautiful by creating a mosaic design on the top.

It is easy to do and I show you how in this article.

My New Table Design
My New Table Design
  • Hammer
  • Brush
  • Sponges and clothes
  • Paint
  • Spirit level

Materials Needed

  • Table
  • Ceramic tiles in various colours
  • Tile glue
  • Grouting
  • Tile Sealer

Painting the Table Legs
Painting the Table Legs

Preparation

  • Paint the legs of the table whatever colour you want.
  • Also paint any sides that will not be covered with the mosaic
  • Leave to dry completely, preferably at least twenty four hours
  • Clean the table top thoroughly and make sure it is dry and even

Where to Buy and Source the Ceramic Tiles

  • They are too expensive to buy in groups of five or six and you would not need so many of the same design or colour.
  • You can buy tiles from stores that have some odd ones over. These are usually put aside in a sale box so are much cheaper and sold individually.
  • Some shops have samples on display that they either sell cheaply or give away.
  • You can let your family and friends know what you plan to do and ask them have they any left over tiles in their garage or attic.
  • Car boot and garage sales are a great place to buy cheap tiles from.
  • An important rule is to make sure all the tiles you get are the same depth.
  • This is needed so that the table has a level surface when finished.
  • The colour, shape and design can be different.

 Mosaic Design Table Top
Mosaic Design Table Top

Preparing the Ceramic Tiles

Step 2

  • It is up to you how large or small you want your tiles to be for the mosaic.
  • If it is your first one then do a mixture of sizes. You will know after your first mosaic is finished which you prefer to work with.
  • Use a hammer to break the tiles.
  • Tapping them lightly will cause them to break into pieces. You will get used to how much pressure is needed as you go along.
  • Keep all the same colour tile pieces in a separate box as this will make it easier when you go to lay them out for your design. Or you could put them in separate groups if you have no boxes.

Breaking the Tiles Safely
Breaking the Tiles Safely

Designing Your Table Top

Step 3:

  • Once the tiles are broken up into pieces lay some out on the table and create your design.
  • You can put the same colours together or mix them in rows. Make a shape with one colour tile or straight lines. This is your table so you decide.

Be Creative
Be Creative

How to Glue the Tiles

  • When you have laid out the tiles and are happy with the design then you can start to glue them onto the table top.
  • I found it easier to place the tile onto the glue and then on to the table. It is less messy than putting the glue on the tile and then putting it on the table.
  • This is the hard part because if you have a large table like I did to cover this will take a lot of time. There were two of us doing it so this helped.
  • Make sure that the tiles are even otherwise you will have trouble later.
  • Place the spirit level over a group of tiles you have stuck onto the table at intervals to make sure the tiles are even.
  • Leave the tiles to dry completely for at least twenty four hours.

Designing the Table Top
Designing the Table Top

Grouting the Mosaic Table

Step 4:

  • Mix the grout with water as per instructions on the bag.
  • Use a brush or plastic scraper to add the grouting to the table top.
  • Only cover a few tiles at a time or it will dry out before you can spread it properly.
  • Smooth over the grouting in between the gaps of the tiles. Try to make it as even as possible.
  • Then continue around the tiles until the table top is finished.
  • Go to the place you started to use the grouting and begin to clean the tiles.
  • Use a damp cloth or sponge and wipe a few tiles clean.
  • Then use the plastic scraper to remove the excess water and most of the grouting.
  • Do this for all the tiles.
  • Get a clean damp clothe or baby wipes if you have some and do a final clean and polish of the tiles on the whole table.

Cleaning The Tiles
Cleaning The Tiles

Finishing the Grouting

  • Now that the grouting has been left to dry for twenty four hours you need to check the table
  • Use the spirit level to make sure the tiles are even.
  • There will be some areas where the space between the tiles is uneven.
  • Mix some more grouting but this time make it thinner
  • Spread the grout over the tiles again paying attention to any uneven areas.
  • Clean the tiles as you did above and leave to dry again for twenty four hours

Sealing the Tiles

Step 5:

  • Mix the sealer as per instructions n the packet. Mine was five parts water to one part sealer.
  • Use a clean paste brush to cover the mosaic with the sealer. It is very watery so make sure you do not leave puddles in the gaps.
  • Leave to dry for 3 hours and then add another coat of sealer.
  • This will protect the mosaic table top and make it look nicer
  • When this is dry completely your mosaic table top if finished.

Brush the Sealer Evenly
Brush the Sealer Evenly

How to Create a Mosaic Table Top

Now that you have made your first mosaic table top you will have the experience and knowledge to create other mosaic furniture.

The possibilities are endless. Once to start to do a mosaic piece you will want to do it on something else. Here are a few suggestions.

I already have three other pieces of furniture lined up.

You could turn that old sideboard or drawers into a lovely piece of modern furniture by adding fresh paint and a mosaic.

If you have a dull and plain wall in the garden or yard you can create a mosaic on it to give it fresh life and colour.

What about picture frames or old mirrors?

These too could be used to make lovely Mosaic Art.

All images are the copyright of L.M.Reid

Mosaic Tables
Mosaic Tables

Two Other Mosaic Tables

I had two rusted stools in the shed that had not been used for years. I decided to make them into tables with a Mosaic Design on each.

I have written another article about these and you can see how I got on by clicking the link below

Mosaic Designs


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      Jaypyramid 3 years ago

      Great Hub Viking I have been thinking of doing this so now I have all the steps I can try it. I love the colors on your table

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      I enjoyed making the mosaic table top but it did take a lot of time. I plan doing other projects soon too with the left over tiles.

      Thanks Jaypyramid for taking the time to leave a comment

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      Christine 3 years ago from Dublin

      Great hub and very well explained. Might have a go at it myself I have a few pieces of old furniture that could do with a bit of TLC.

      Garlic Angel :-)

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      Ingenira 3 years ago

      Awesome!! The step by step procedure is really helpful.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Creating a mosaic pattern on a piece of furniture is fun and very creative. It is amazing how it transforms the table.

      Thanks Garlic Angel and Ingenira for taking the time to leave a comment

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

      You did a great job! I've dabbled in mosaics and did my kitchen table. It was a fun project and I'm considering a mosaic for our garden table. Your instructions and pictures are fabulous, thank you for sharing all of your tips. The videos were a great addition. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and educative. It was great to read and watch the pictures as well to get a complete understanding of the process.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I also enjoyed making the Mosaic for this Garden Table missolive and now plan to do even more. It does take time but worth the end result.

      Thank you missolive and rajan jolly for your comments, they are much appreciated

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      Leslie 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub. I want to make one ASAP. It looks time consuming but I am sure the finished product is worth the effort. You did a great job providing easy to follow steps. Voted up and useful.

      Leslie

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yes it did take a long time to make the mosaic but it is well worth it. Our table looks very impressive in the garden. Thanks Leslie for taking the time to leave a comment

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      NWeaver 3 years ago

      I found an old mosaic tile table with tiles that have faded paint. If tiles are still intact is there a way to repaint tiles?

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      Your mosaic instructions with pictures are excellent. I found a small amount of tiles at a non profit craft/art recycle outlet. It must be almost one of a kind store. Do wear protective eye glasses!

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      Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I never knew how this was done. You created a beautiful piece of art. I have some leftover stone tiles in the attic from various floors in house. It would be great to create a table that matches the floor tiles. I am definitely putting this on my to-do list.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love this hub!! Thanks for sharing with all the details.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Wow, what a great hub! You have put a lot of time and effort into this, creating a mosaic table! I always wondered how to do this properly, and also how to make a mosaic wall and you've shown me how, step by step. Voted up and useful!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Quite an ambitious project with amazing results. Great hub, voting up, sharing.

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      Veenoo 3 years ago from India

      Very good, lot of hard work. Nice and thanks for making this hub.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Hello NWeaver you can buy special paint to paint tiles.

      Yes starstream, I must admit I only wore my ordinary glasses when smashing up the tiles. I plan doing some more art this spring so will definitely buy some. Thanks for your kind comments.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Your Cousins, you should give this a go with your spare tiles. It was hard work but I did enjoy it and the finished product was well worth it.

      Take lots of photos and write a hub about it too. Thank you for your wonderful comments.

      Lastheart thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, glad you liked it

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Suzanne Day I am glad you found this article useful. It is well worth the effort for the result that can be achieved with making a mosaic design. Have a go and see how you do. Thanks for the kind comments.

      Hello Crystal Tatum thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, sharing and votes

      Hello rudra007 I appreciate your kind comments, thanks

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Really cool hub and wow - this step by step "how to" is very informative. I will have to remember to come back and check more of your hubs in the future. Very practical and easy to understand. I am voting up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Pretty, pretty pretty! My daughter made one of these for me once. I love it. You make it look so fun and easy. Shared and pinned.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I have been thinking about trying this for quite a long time. Your hub is so detailed and understandable that I think I have the courage to begin. Thank you. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      What a fun project to take on. The table turned out lovely. Voted up, U, A, I and shared.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      This was awesome and so inspiring. I want to do this to tables that I do like! I want to do this to my walls!

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I did enjoy making this mosaic table top, although it did take a lot of time - worth it though. Mister Hollywood I am glad you like my method of writing and thank you for your kind comments.

      Breakfastpop I am delighted I have encouraged you to give this a try, it is very satisfying to create something from scratch.

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      It is really fun to make but does take a lot of time.

      Thank you RebeccaMealey and Phyllis Doyle for taking the time to leave a comment. I am glad you liked it.

      Besarien lol Yes I am planning to do this to one of my garden walls.

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      Alloysius Hloae 21 months ago

      Hi i really ĺove this job since i love this work from school and i did mosaic work at school Bĺoemfotein

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      L M Reid 17 months ago from Ireland

      Thank you Alloyasuis. It does take a long time to do but the result is well worth the effort

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      Patty 11 months ago

      I have a glass top table and I was worried that the tiles would be too heavy. Any issues with that?

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      L M Reid 11 months ago from Ireland

      I have had no problems with the glass top Patty. If anything I believe the tiles have strengthened the table top.

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      horn56651 10 months ago

      I have been looking for directions on how to mosaic a glass top table and here it is! The directions are awesome. I want to know what type and brand of glue you used to attach the shards before grouting. Thanks

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      L M Reid 8 months ago from Ireland

      Hello horn6651, I used tile glue I bought in a hardware shop. I can not remember the brand

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      Joanie Ruppel 2 months ago from Keller, Texas

      I would like to try this one day with the sea glass I have collected the past 10 years. This is a great step-by-step method.

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      christine Merlino 11 hours ago

      Its been years since I took a mosaic class(bird house, stepping stone with form and cement...Thanks for refreshing me! Get instructions/very clear and love step by step to watch .So much easier this way!

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