Wednesday, July 19, 2006

My mosaic Table

Assalm alykom:

After Doing a few mosaic pots, I thought I would try my hand at a coffee table.
I had acquired this old coffee table from a friend of mine. It had quite a bit of dents and scratches on it. Therefore I really could not decide what to do with it. Repainting would be too hard. There is a thick load of varnish on top and the pedestal is a different color all together. I liked the look of the table and it was sturdy and good quality. Therefore, I decided to tile it. First, I mapped out my design. I used whole tiles, broken tiles and glass jewels. I glued them on the table with silicone glue. Here is how it looked after I glued them: I let the tiles dry over night and the next day I added the grout. I bought a nice cream color to match the tiles. When I added the grout, I noticed that I could not cover the sharp edges on the broken tiles that were on the edge. Therefore, I just removed them all together. Here is how it looked after I added the grout: Since I took the tiles from the sides and the original paint was two different colors, I just sanded the edge and the pedestal and painted it to match the tiles. Here is the result: I was really surprised how nice it turned out. Then, I got to thinking what if my four messy children wiped chocolate, spilled juice or their just plain dirty hands messed up the grout. So, after a little contemplating and research on the internet, I decided to paint several coats of polyurathane over the top. It turned out better than I thought! It is also highly durable. See for yourself: This is what I call a trash to treasure project. Someone gave me the table, and the tiles were leftovers from house remodeling. I am really enjoying it and would not mind trying another piece of furniture.


Anonymous said...

Assalamualykum masha'Allaah thats lovely. i was just thinking to myself, how i like painting etc but my prob is i think i have no paitence with it! how long did this take u? umm maryam

muslimbychoice said...

Asalaam 'Alaikum:

I am amazed at how creative you are, masha'Allah. You make me wish I had the time to do more stuff like this - the creativity is screaming to get out - but not easy to do with 2 and a baby on the way. Insha'Allah I will perhaps try this after the baby is here. Jazak Allah Khair for the inspiration - it just goes to show you that you can sometimes make things a lot nicer than if you just run out and pay full price.

Asalaam' Alaikum,
Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

Um Nour said...

Assalm alykom Um Maryam:

I use to get real frustrated with doing crafts, especially after I had kids. I always want to finsih something the minute I start. I do much better now because I take my time and just do a little bit at a time. You would be surprised how many projects you can actually finish this way. This table was really easy because each section has to dry. It took about an hour to lay the tiles, the next day an hour to grout it, then the next day I sanded the bottom and primed it. Then the for the following three days ,I would paint one coat and let it dry. Then the next three days I would put a coat of polyurathane and let it dry. If you have an area to leave it through each stage, it really takes a little time each day to work on it. I guess all together it took about a week and a half. I would reccomend doing the flower pots first to get the hang of using grout.

Um Nour said...

Assalm alykom Sumayyah:

Once your little ones grow up a little, you will find more time to do things like this. I am a real trash to treasure lover. I love taking something and finding another use for it. There were so many tiles leftover in my house from previous owner remodeling. I have been very determine to find uses for them. I have a few more ideas I have done and just have not shared the pictures yet. Therefore, if any one has ideas for tiles, I am all ears.

Banu said...

assalamu alaikum ummnour,
Alhamduillah...i guess i was not the only one who though this piece was awesome. Masha Allah you were indeed blessed.
ma salaama
love ummriyaadh

Umm Junayd said...

Assalaamu 'alaikum.

Mashaa`Allaah that is so lovely! I'm a lover of making old things beautiful, but I don't know if I'd have the patience to do this. Well done ukhtee!

~ Umm Junayd.