How to Create a Mosaic Piece of Furniture

How to create a mosaic piece of furniture:

We all have that one piece of furniture that’s been handed down from generation to generation and one that has so many memories instilled into it. That piece may be close to the end of its day but with the help of a few easy steps you can revive an old piece of furniture and create a piece that not only looks great, but one that will continue to create happy memories for you and your family for many years to come.

Today we’ll share with you how to revive an old piece of furniture using unwanted chipped china or crockery, which you can pick up from your local Salvation Army or op-shop to create a mosaic table top.

Depending on the style of the table/chair/drawer set/cabinet you’ll be covering you may want to paint it first in a colour that will complement your mosaic colour choice.


What you will need:

– Vintage-style plates (Salvation Army, Savers, local op-shops is where you will pick up cheap, unwanted, chipped china/crockery.)

– Safety glasses

– Hammer

– Towel

– Safety gloves

– Adhesive

– Rubber gloves

– Grout and applicator

– Sponge

– Sealer (to finish)

We also recommend to visit your local hardware supplier to ensure you purchase the best adhesive and grout for your tiles. Remember to take time to carefully choose a grout colour that will blend in with the colour of your table and chosen china/crockery.


  1. First step is to sand back and paint your chosen piece of furniture. Allow to dry. Whilst your piece is drying lay your choice of various china/crockery on the ground to determine a rough idea of colour and design balance between the various patterns on your china.
  2. Safety is very important especially when you are breaking china, therefore ensure you wear safety glasses for this next step. Once your safety glasses are secure, wrap a china piece loosely in a towel place the towel on a secure service, or the ground and gently but firmly hammer the china piece through the towel until the china has broken in a number of pieces. Carefully un-wrap the towel to reveal the broken china. You’ll notice a variety of large and small pieces which is great for mosaicking as the more variety in your shapes and sizes the better the outcome will be.
  3. Once you are happy with the size of your pieces you can begin to tile your piece of furniture. Remember to wear safety gloves during this step as the shards could be very sharp. Beginning in the centre of your piece and with the larger pieces of china carefully attach each piece to the table top using a small amount of adhesive applied to the back. Continue this process outwards and then fill the smaller gaps with the smaller shards. Leave overnight to dry and set.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves now place a handful of grout over the top of your piece of furniture. Using a grout applicator gradually cover the entire surface with the grout, ensuring you fill in all the gaps. Dampen a sponge with water and use to wipe away any excess grout.
  5. Once all the excess grout has been removed, gently wipe the mosaic tiles with a damp cloth to clean well. Leave your piece of furniture aside for a few hours to allow the grout to set. Once the grout has dried, gently wipe the mosaic tiles again with a clean, wet cloth. Apply sealer if needed and ta da! Your mosaic piece of furniture is ready to live on and be used for many years to come.

If however, this sounds great on paper but you have no time or you don’t feel like crafting, never fear! Shop with ease at Outdoor Living Direct and pick up a great table at factory direct prices.

Melissa Sparrow is a blog writer for Outdoor Living Direct, Australia’s leading online retailer for outdoor furniture.

Photo credit Jade Sheedy

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