'Pimp' your table! Upcycled mirror mosaic tabletop

So i had a broken mirror... and a 'boring' plain white table! Put them together and 'Voila!' This is my how to pimp up your table! 

I am such a hoarder, i have just about everything you may need for a craft project! My mirror unfortunately broke a while ago (nearly two years ago!) It has been sat in the garden ready to be upcycled into something else. So i finally decided to do it!! You can also create this by purchasing mirror tiles!

  1.  Find an old table to cover or you can purchase them fairly cheaply online, or from IKEA. This table is a Lack table from IKEA about £5. 

2. Purchase a tile adhesive spreader (about £2) a tile scribe ( about £2 to cut the mirror) and grout spreader (£2ish) and tile adhesive and grout. I bought a pot which doubled as grout and adhesive to save money. This was about £4. I used a lot more then i thought i would so definitely grab a pot. 

3. Cut as many mirror pieces as you can. I did it as i went along, but it would be better to cut first, and then put the bits together. Which ever you prefer. They don't need to be perfect but make sure you have a variety of shapes and sizes. Use the scribe on the back on the mirror, make and incision and then snap it along the line. Be careful as the pieces are very sharp! I cut myself several times, maybe gloves would be a good idea!

4. Spread the adhesive onto the table using the spreader. Start placing the pieces onto the table fitting them together as close as possible, but leaving a small gap to grout. Only spread the adhesive in small areas so it doesn't dry quicker then you are placing the mirror pieces.


5. Cover the whole table. I used straight pieces along the edge once the middle has been filled, and then filled between the middle and the edge gaps. Use the smaller pieces of mirror to fill in gaps where the pieces don't meet so closely. If you are using mirror tiles you can be more precise with you shapes if you wish. I however was using bits as they had broken, and cutting smaller bits from larger pieces of broken mirror. 

6. Leave to dry as instructions on the adhesive. Mine was 24 hours not that i left it that long as far too impatient! 

7. Grout the mirror tiles using the spreader. Make sure you fill the gaps as much as possible, and scrape as much as you can off of the tiles so it is easier to clean when set. 

8. When the grout has dried, scrape off the excess and clean. It may have sharp edges so you may want to add a glass top, or resin over the mirror pieces so ensure smoothness. 

9. Finished! You may want to paint your table, or add extra accessories or designs! Take a look at other designs but other people. There are lots of great upcycled tables around!