How to Make a Mosaic Tile Table

Give an old or damaged table top a new look and add color to a room with a unique tile mosaic. Create an original design using old tiles from a previous project or purchase new tiles at your local craft store. Once you have chosen your tiles and have a design in mind, you can begin to create a mosaic tile table top.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse sand paper
  • Rag
  • Tiles
  • Hammer
  • Tile cutter
  • Tile snips
  • Colored pencils
  • Tile adhesive
  • Butter knife
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge
  • Tile sealant
  • Small paint brush


    • 1

      Sand the old finish off the table top using a coarse grade of sand paper. This will prepare the surface for the adhesive. Wipe the table top clean with a damp rag. It is best to apply the tiles to a flat, clean, dry surface.

    • 2

      Prepare your tile. If the tiles you have selected are too large for your design, you can break them up with a hammer or cut them with a tile cutter or tile snips. It is important that your tiles are all the same thickness.

    • 3

      Transfer your design to the table top if you have a specific design in mind. Use colored pencils to indicate the placement of the tiles in your mosaic design.

    • 4

      Spread a tile adhesive on the backs of each tile using an old butter knife. Place the tiles 1/8 inch apart or less, working from the center of the table top outward. Allow the tiles to dry completely according to the product's instructions.

    • 5

      Grout the tile mosaic using a grout float. Make sure the grout is well imbedded in the tile design.

    • 6

      Wipe off excess grout from the tiles using a damp sponge. Allow them to dry overnight.

    • 7

      Apply a water-resistant sealant using a small paint brush. This step only needs to be done if the table is used outside. Let the sealant dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you plan your design, keep in mind avoiding grout rivers and think about how you want the tiles to flow together.
  • Do not attempt a mosaic table if you have never done a mosaic before. Start with a smaller project and work up to this.
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