mosaic Tea Cart finally done

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

my latest mosaic project...
I got my hands on this old junky tea cart.. It was one of the cheapie light weight brass plated ones.. the original glass shelves had been replaced with acrylic that were in great shape.. it was about to be thrown away. I walked away from it but it screamed at me to come back to save it.. My Dumpster Diva soul just could not let it be trashed when it had so much potential ..lol...

I found I had a sage green spray paint so the frame color was decided on.. I try to use what I have on hand to keep costs down. Sanded the frame, wiped it down with some acetone and gave it 3 coats of paint, letting it dry a couple of days in between each coat.

In the mean time

I checked my stash of tiles and found I needed more that what I already had so I purchased 6 large rectangle ones that I placed in the center of each shelf. I was hoping to find something in green but no luck. Since I was going of a cottage chic look I figured the white would be okay... then I used leftover floor tile from when I did my bathroom to do the edge. Last but not least I found iridesent green glass mosaic tiles at Lowes marked WAY down to a 25 cents a package and filled in with them. it took 3 packages of them to fill in.

Glued it all down with E6000 ( got to love that stuff). and then grouted. I used white grout but added a container of hunter green craft paint to tint it. I was hoping for a darker green but got this instead... Turns out the grout almost matched the color of the frame...I sealed it and now its ready to go, I just havent figured out where Im going to put it..

this was a fun easy project to do.. dont let the size of a project like this scare you.... big or little the steps are all the same and it would be a very easy project for a first timer

this is the end result



This message was edited Apr 19, 2011 12:41 PM

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Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

close up of the shelves..

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Southern California, CA

You really are a dumpster diva, that's beautiful.

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

thank you..
being a Dumpster Diva is dangerous.. I have way more stuff than I think Ill ever be able to redo but I cant help myself.. I keep seeing stuff that could be reworked.and it breaks my heart to have to pass it by when with just a TLC and a small investment it could have a brand new life!

this took me about 5 hrs to do this and cost was about 7.00 for the materials not counting what I already had on hand.. I did most of it while watching DWTS on monday and tues nites...lol.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Fantastic job and pretty too.

Southern California, CA(Zone 10b)

very professionally done! and you did not have to cut or chip!!

what is the name of grout you used? and sealer? how many coats of sealant did you apply? will plastic warp?

i have a side table curbside find, but glass missing. choice would be glass or plastic. and where would you buy the plastic? can you buy seconds of plastic? and what thickness should it be? thanks for any answers.

Topsham, ME(Zone 5a)

Fabulous!

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Really nice! I love it!

Crossville, TN

Wonderful...if you can't find a place for it I have the perfect place at my house. LOL Jo

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)


Thank you all.. like I said it was an easy project... the worst part was sanding the frame.. I hate to sand!!! Im in the process of sanding down an metal kitchen cart and its a real PITA...this one will be painted maybe Ill do some stamping on it but right now Im just keeping it plain....

Jo
Next week it will be heading to the local Library for a while.. Im teaching a basic mosaic class at the end of May and its going to be one of the examples of what you can do with mosaics.. maybe by the end of the class Ill know where Im going to put it!...lol..

flowblue..
Unfortunally I did have to cut the small glass tiles.. I had to make smaller triangles to fill in so I didnt have such big areas of grout but I used my nippers instead of cutting..Just held a old towel in my lap to catch the shards and crunched away with the nippers..lol...

I used sanded grout in white and tinted it with hunter green acryllic paint.. the size of the seams determine whether you use sanded or unsanded grout.. just check the package and it will tell you. I use the least expensive grout I can find. I got mine at Lowes but before you buy whats on the shelves ask and see if they have any broken bags.. I got a practially full 10 lb bag of grout for 4.00 instead of its regular price of 14.00 . I usually buy white so I can tint it to what color I want to use.. I found for my gazing globes and stuff I use outside the white tends to show the dirt more than when I color it. Besides black grout really makes the colors pop!

I usually apply 3 coats of sealant to the grout. I have several gazing globes that I did. They've been outside for the past 3 yrs in temps from 15 to 115 degrees and Ive had no issues with them. They look like I just finished them..

Personally I dont mosaic to plastic because most of the time it will not hold the weight of the tiles and grout. When it flexes the grout will crack and so youve lost all your work. I did these on 1/8 in plexiglass/ acrylic that was already cut to fit the tea cart when I found it.. if I hadnt had that I would have used some plywood or hardibacker board scraps I already have. I would have had to add an extra step and cut it to fit is all.

the thickness of the base is usually determined on the size of the project and what its going to be used for ....you can get plexi glass and plywood cut to size at Lowes or Home Depot.. If you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore in your area check there. Its amazing what you can find. I get lots of great stuff at a reduced rates at mine

If your table is a small one like a side table you could use 1/4 inch plywood for your base but if it more like a patio table that seats 4 then Id use 1/2 in plywood or hardi backer board..... you can use either but if it were me Id chose the hardi backer board because its made for ceramic tiles and to resist moisture which is important if its going outside and being exposed.....If you do use plywood make sure to seal the underside by painting it.... the goal is to keep the base from warping and moisture out of the wood and it will absorb it if it isnt sealed on both sides.

While I have to watch my budget (like we all do) I always buy the correct supplies when Im reworking something.. Daddy taught me that time is not cheap... theres no point in spending time on a project if I cant do it right to start with!

hope some of this helps!
Kathleen

This message was edited Apr 16, 2011 3:04 AM

Webster, WI

You did a beautiful job Kathleen! I love it.... more inspiritation for me!

Englewood, FL

I'm going to start drinking tea just to have an excuse to make one of these, It's absolutely beautiful Raven.
John

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

thanks everyone.. one of the things I love about DG is how projects are shared and Ive learned so much since coming here. I hope Ive added to someone elses thinking outside the box...lol
many of my friends say Im creative and they say they arent but I tell them its been a life long journey.. anyone at any age can become more creative.. you have to start with baby steps then keep going.. Pretty soon youre walking, then running and if you keep at it and keep pushing your brain then youre off in a marathon, a never ending one!!!!!!...lol... its like any other skill, you have to work at it!

Southern California, CA

blk: Thanks for all that mosaic information!!!

Cuyahoga Falls, OH(Zone 5a)

Beautiful !

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Kathleen, very cool . just in time for summer icetea

Crossville, TN

Baby steps? Running?? Sure....then comes OLD and Shaky...and you can no longer do thing you once did...but I keep at it...just can't paint small things. Nothing strenous either....but I love seeing all of the peoples on DG! Jo

Southern California, CA(Zone 10b)

hi kathleen,

many many thanks for all your shared info. will keep in touch.
will go with hardiback as advised.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

That is simply beautiful, Kathleen. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hugs,
Judy

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks all you latest posters for your nice comments.. Ive been on a mosaic binge the last week getting samples ready for the class Im teaching in may...lol... I did a set of house numbers, an old birdhouse, a candle holder and a flower pot to use as examples along with the tea cart for things that can be done.. I just have grout them all .. I waited to grout so I could do them all at once to help keep the mess down.... Making mosaics is addicting thats for sure!!
Ill post pics of all of them when Im done..

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Yes, pictures please!!

Southern California, CA

Ditto to what bsavage said!

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

Such a pretty TtoT! Yes, pictures of your 'binge'!

Maysville, NC

How cute is that! I love it :)

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

That's a great idea for a cart! you've got soomme talent, lady!

Victoria, TX(Zone 9a)

That's really awesome. I Love it!~

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

thank you.. I like making stuff and learning new things.. keeps me going, ya know???(smile)

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Thanks for letting me know you can tint grout with paint. I was just asking hubby for my first mosaic. Oh well, next project.

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Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

yep I use craft paint but add the paint to the grout first.... it takes a lot of paint to get any of the really dark colors......In the beginning when I would try for black Id usually end up with a dark grey cause Id add paint after I had mixed the grout so now I add it first then add a bit of water then more paint to get the color I want.. you just have to play around with it till you get the hang of it... you can also use the colorant for cement to tint the grout Ive had both paint and that on hand and experimented and both work well.. the cement colorant is more consentrated so youll get a true black easier.

Grapeland, TX

that is wonderful. I have never done mosaics but want to. I have an antique square enamel tub..enamel on the inside and black on the outside, with kind of a rolled rim. I want to do the outside in mosaics and then use it as a planter. I need to read up on it and I guess start gathering up old china, etc at sales so that I can get'r done.

BROOKFIELD, Australia

Quote from blkraven2 :
my latest mosaic project...
I got my hands on this old junky tea cart.. It was one of the cheapie light weight brass plated ones.. the original glass shelves had been replaced with acrylic that were in great shape.. it was about to be thrown away. I walked away from it but it screamed at me to come back to save it.. My Dumpster Diva soul just could not let it be trashed when it had so much potential ..lol...

I found I had a sage green spray paint so the frame color was decided on.. I try to use what I have on hand to keep costs down. Sanded the frame, wiped it down with some acetone and gave it 3 coats of paint, letting it dry a couple of days in between each coat.

In the mean time

I checked my stash of tiles and found I needed more that what I already had so I purchased 6 large rectangle ones that I placed in the center of each shelf. I was hoping to find something in green but no luck. Since I was going of a cottage chic look I figured the white would be okay... then I used leftover floor tile from when I did my bathroom to do the edge. Last but not least I found iridesent green glass mosaic tiles at Lowes marked WAY down to a 25 cents a package and filled in with them. it took 3 packages of them to fill in.

Glued it all down with E6000 ( got to love that stuff). and then grouted. I used white grout but added a container of hunter green craft paint to tint it. I was hoping for a darker green but got this instead... Turns out the grout almost matched the color of the frame...I sealed it and now its ready to go, I just havent figured out where Im going to put it..

this was a fun easy project to do.. dont let the size of a project like this scare you.... big or little the steps are all the same and it would be a very easy project for a first timer

this is the end result

I am a little late reading this, being almost a year since you refurbished. This has got "plants" written all over it, is that what you used it for? Good job by the way!

This message was edited Apr 19, 2011 12:41 PM


BROOKFIELD, Australia

Quote from blkraven2 :
thank you..
being a Dumpster Diva is dangerous.. I have way more stuff than I think Ill ever be able to redo but I cant help myself.. I keep seeing stuff that could be reworked.and it breaks my heart to have to pass it by when with just a TLC and a small investment it could have a brand new life!

this took me about 5 hrs to do this and cost was about 7.00 for the materials not counting what I already had on hand.. I did most of it while watching DWTS on monday and tues nites...lol.


I am with you there. Everything we can stop going into landfill has to be a bonus!

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Beautiful! I, too, have collected more "projects" than I'll probably ever get done, but can't resist another one when it's staring me in the face and often free or extremely cheap. I haven't done mosaics yet, but saving up for that project too. Thanks for the encouragement to actually do it.

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