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Sometimes our favorite furniture starts to look a little worn down, or we find a great piece at a thrift store or garage sale but it needs a little sprucing up. There are so many different ways to give that old table or night stand a fresh new attitude. The coolest way to give your furniture a new look would be to create a tabletop tile mosaic. Not only is it simple, but the pattern possibilities are endless.

Here’s where the endless possibilities begin:

1. You can start with stone or glass mosaic tiles.
2. You can make your own mosaic tiles by breaking apart larger tiles.

What you will need:
Piece of furniture that needs a makeover
Tile of your choice
Hammer
Soft cloth or towel
3/16” trowel
Mastic
Grout
Damp Sponge
Epoxy

Now that you have your tile picked out, let’s get started!

1. Break Tiles.
Time to get out that hammer and smash up your tiles, if that is the route you chose to take. Make sure to place tile face down on a soft cloth and use the hammer on the underside of the tile so you don’t damage the surface of the tile. Also, this isn’t the time to take out all of your pent up anger. Be gentle.
[Safety goggles are recommended during this step.]

2. Spread out your design.
Lay out your tiles and arrange them in the pattern you would like. This way, you have it all set to go and you aren’t racing against the adhesive.

3. Spread Adhesive and set tiles.
Using a 3/16” trowel, spread the mastic on the table. Make sure to work in small sections to prevent drying, and begin arranging tiles. Be sure to press lightly on the tiles as you go.

4. Apply Grout and Epoxy.
After the tiles have dried, spread grout between the tiles and wipe off any excess with a sponge. Allow the tiles to dry for 24 hours and then mix and pour epoxy over the entire tabletop. After another 24 hours of drying, your new masterpiece will be ready to go.

You will feel so proud to show off your tiling talent after this great makeover!

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