Updated Nov 15, 2011 This is a photo tutorialÂ - if you ever wanted to mosaic an old or new table,Â check out this easy, quick and most of all really fun little project!
Pretty and practical - a glass tile, mosaic table top. Would you believe it took me onlyÂ 30 minutes to complete - including theÂ grouting!
The secret? A new product I found at Lowes called Bondera. So you might call this a product review too - this Bondera tile matÂ deserves ten stars for performance.
It looksÂ fabulous, in fact, it took longer to paint this small plant stand, turned bathroom storage table, then to mosaic the table top, you gotta love that!
Recently I posted about tiling directly over our old formica countertop in the bathroom (yup, you can do that with Bondera) andÂ included a complete step-by step pictorial
Because that article sparked a lot of interestÂ it became the inspiration forÂ a how-to post on creating a mosaicÂ table top using Bondera. You know how it goes with us DIY nuts, I had some tiles left over and before I knew it, I was into creating aÂ mosaic table top
... literally on the fly. The best part, itÂ matches the newÂ bathroom countertop.
Here are the projectÂ photos
with aÂ few tipsÂ alongside ...
I chose to do a center square for added interest.
Any old tables are great candidates for this easy and quick project. I know there will be similar projects in my future, like a narrow, but long console table that could use some design intervention:)
Gotta have a place to stash those necessities ...
Â The figurine is a hand made ceramic piece by my artist friend Lydia,
a perfect resting place for my treasures.
Bondera www.bonderatilemat.com Â is basically a commercial grade peel and stick tile mat on a roll,Â which can then be groutedÂ immediately -Â really, no waiting - just like any other tile or mosaic job. A lot less messy and certainly a lot faster. As of this writing Bondera is available only at Lowes and on-line.
BTW - it's been overÂ two months since I did this project and as you can see in the pictures I took today - it's holding up beautifully.
Here is the link to my detailed pictorial on how to tile over a formica countertop.
It is exactly the same easy process, regardless, whether you use it onÂ your kitchenÂ countertop or as a back-splash in the kitchen.
Ever thought about creating an artisticÂ mural on your wall?
Go ahead and play -Â have fun creating this simple little mosaic tabletop.
Bondera Tile Mat (the box should say suitable for countertops),
Blue painters tape - I used 3 M - for a nice clean edge
Scissors or utility knife to cut the mat
Measuring tape and marker
Tile and grout and table of your choice
Here is an overview on
How I did it:
I suggest you lay out your tile and do any cutting before you begin your project. I did not have to cut any tiles. For a really small project like this - roughly 10-12 inches square - I'd say go ahead and mix up your grout before you even cut the tile mat.
Step one: Clean andÂ dry surface
Step two: Cut a piece of bondera tile mat to fit your table top - peel off the bottom layer and stick to your table top.
Step three: I used 3 inch blue painters tape around all four sides where I wanted the tiles to end. Keeps your job tidy and keeps your edges straight.
Step four: You are ready to peel off the top layer and place your mosaic tiles. I used glass tiles from Lowes.
Step five: Voila - last step - go ahead and grout immediately. No waiting!
Mixing the grout, waiting for it to be ready, applying the grout and then cleaning off the residue is whereÂ most ofÂ the time went.Â You could use ready-to-use grout instead, if you are really in a hurry and want minimum mess. But, I hated to spend the extra money, (it costs a lot more), especially since IÂ still had some groutÂ leftover from my countertop project.
Ten stars for Bondera - I love my new mosaic table!
Â ... and no they didn't pay me to say that, I'm just a satisfied customerÂ spreading the word, because I'm always delighted to share a good DIY productÂ find.
All images Â© 2010 Rose Hill
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Updated Nov 15, 2011 - ... and yes, it still looks great!Â