How to Make a Mosaic Coffee Table


Create an original mosaic coffee table with a designer look, but a thrift shop price tag. Use leftover, discontinued or open stock ceramic tile to design a piece of furniture you will be proud to add to your home decor. There is a satisfaction of recycling and bringing new life to discarded furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee table base
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Hammer
  • Tiles, assorted colors
  • Tile adhesive
  • Grout
  • Grout trowel
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Recycle a coffee table with an insert, easily found at flea markets or garage sales. Remove the original insert to be used as a pattern for the new mosaic top. Clean and refinish or paint the base of the coffee table, if needed.

  • Cut a piece of plywood the exact size of the original insert. Sand the edges, then draw the design you will use for your mosaic. Trace the outline with a permanent marker.

  • Select and break the tile pieces in an assortment of sizes. Use a bath towel to protect and prevent the pieces from flying, wear safety glasses and carefully break the tiles with a hammer.

  • Glue the broken pieces, arranging the colors in the design you have drawn, using tile adhesive. When you are pleased with the design, you are ready to prepare the grout.

  • Mix the colored grout according to the directions on the package. Spread the grout covering the entire surface, including all of the cracks, with a grout trowel. Remove all excess grout, and then wipe off with a damp sponge. Allow to completely dry before inserting the beautiful mosaic insert onto the coffee table.

Tips & Warnings

  • This process may also be used to cover a patio table surface.

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