Mosaic Mandala End Table Tutorial
Updated: Jun 13, 2018
After many requests about my process in creating this beautiful end table, I thought it best for me to try to put together something like a tutorial. This is my first, so bare with me.
It all started with an end table bought from the local thrift store for only $20. A great deal for it`s potential!
I brought it home and taped off the edges with painters tape and primed the top with white primer.
Next was to decide on the design. I had a labyrinth design already planned out, but the cross-hatch side feature of the table warranted a design that took that into consideration. I was important that the design on the table top would work with and not not against the the design elements already present.
I began by doing some sketches in my sketchbook, finally deciding on a mandala pattern. I then scanned the design into computer and blew it up to the dimensions of the table top.
The next step was to print it off... carefully taping the 8.5X11 pages together. Then,
using carbon paper, I traced the design onto the table.
I knew my theme was going to be based on nature and the earth's elements. I started thinking about colour and cut out pages from magazines. I usually use National Geographic because of the vibrant photos and they can easily be found at any second-hand store.
I played around with these cutouts and when the colour, textures etc. looked right, I glued them down onto the table. The colours and textures will show through the translucent and transparent glass, adding texture and dimension.
I then scavenged for glass.
I used both haphazardly broken glass pieces and glass pieces I deliberately cut and shaped to fit parts of my pattern. I glued these pieces down using Weldbond.
This step is quite time consuming but very meditative. A sea of glass pieces.... trying to fit them together is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
When the entire design is glued down, it's time to grout. It's important to use SANDED grout. Polyblend sanded grout form Home Depot is what I use. Follow the package directions. I used 2 lbs for this small end table project.
After I finished grouting, I let it rest and set for 5 days. Then, using a toothbrush, I scrubbed the glass with equal parts vinegar and water.
I finally painted the wood black using chalk paint and finished it off to a shine using furniture wax.
It really turned out beautiful, especially in the sunshine!
"Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca