How-To: Turn Ordinary Outdoor Furniture & Accessories Into Mosaic Masterpieces

As the warm June sunshine pours through my window, I suddenly realize that summer is just weeks away. It’s the long awaited season for backyard parties, weekend lounging, and simply enjoying being outside.

Today’s how-to is for the ambitious and artfully minded DIYer who wishes to impress family and guests by turning ordinary outdoor furniture and accessories into mosaic tile masterpieces.

Bench tiles closeup. The custom heart, bird, and flowers can be purchased at special craft stores, adding wonderful whimsy to your project.

What you’ll need:

  • piece of furniture or accessory (i.e bench, mirror, table, planter or pot, stepping stones, etc.)
  • decorative and colorful tile
  • cardboard
  • hammer
  • glue gun or thinset
  • small trowel
  • grout
  • grout float
  • sponge
  • grout sealer

Instructions:
1. First, cut a cardboard piece to the fit the area you wish to tile.

2.  Next, decide on your design. Random or more specific designs can be chosen, then roughly sketched out on the cardboard. Have fun and be artistic!

3.  Cover the tiles with a towel and gently break them into pieces. You can also use the “break them into a bucket” method, but it can be a bit messy.

4.  If you wish, you can “dry fit” the tiles by placing them onto your pattern (no glue) to check to see if you like your design.

5.  When ready, hot glue or thinset (a type of mortar you can apply with a small trowel) each tile onto the surface. Be sure to leave about a 1/8” to 1/4” space between each tile.

6.  After the glue or thinset has dried, spread grout over and in all the crevices of each tile with your grout float, then before it dries, use hot water and sponge off the access to leave a clean surface.

7.  Finally, when the grout has dried (approx. 24 hours), protect your masterpiece from stains and moisture with a layer of grout sealer.

An ordinary turned extraordinary mirror reflects a mystical garden scene. The bench above and this mirror was designed and tiled by my wonderfully talented mother-in-law, Roseann Munger, mungerart.com.
The ocean is brought to your table top with this cool wavy design. Photo: making-mosaics.com
Flowers will envy the pot they’re in with this gorgeous mosaic project. Photo: susanjablonmosaics.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a guest post by Skaie Knox at DiggersList.com. DiggersList is a nation-wide online free home improvement classifieds that allows contractors, property owners, suppliers and DIY enthusiasts to buy, sell, trade or donate thousands of excess home improvement and construction materials.

6 thoughts on “How-To: Turn Ordinary Outdoor Furniture & Accessories Into Mosaic Masterpieces

  1. I LOVE this blog post! My mom made the mosaic bench and I can tell you first hand how awesome it looks in person. Great idea!!

  2. any artists there who would like some ceramic stuff already collected for artsy project by person who never got to do it? nice designs and things. am ready to clear some space in my home and will share. (would like a little $, but mostly would be happy to see someone use it)

  3. @Julie, if you don’t find any takers regarding your ceramic stuff, please post it on DiggersList.com! There are lots of home improvement enthusiasts who would love to get your hands on it. Even me, if you’re in the LA area! Post it and I’ll take a look at whatcha got! Thanks!

  4. [CORRECTION below “their”] @Julie, if you don’t find any takers regarding your ceramic stuff, please post it on DiggersList.com! There are lots of home improvement enthusiasts who would love to get their hands on it. Even me, if you’re in the LA area! Post it and I’ll take a look at whatcha got! Thanks!

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