Decorating my patio with repurposed materials - shower door

Houston, TX

Hi All,

I'm so happy to have found this forum! I decided to decorate my townhouse patio using only found/given
items and either using them as is or repurposing them into something else. I'm having so much fun!
This is my biggest project so far. I found an old shower door in my neighbors
trash and am making it into a glass mosaic fountain using a lot of my scrap stained glass and other things I have left
over from doing mosaics. So far, it's got all the glass and other tesserae on it, but I've still got to grout
it and hook up all the fountain materials. Hopefully it'll all stay intact and I'll have a water feature
on my patio soon. If the fountain part doesn't work, at least I'll have something colorful in the garden.

Glad to be here and I've enjoyed seeing what everyone is doing. I've done quite a few projects so far and I've got
lot's more in mind since I keep finding really cool stuff. I just need more time to do things with them.

Lisa in Houston

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Southern California, CA

WOW!! You have talent combined with good ideas! When you have an old shower door and left over tesserae you'll end up with maybe an OK thing, but when you add talent to the mixture, you end up with a beautiful thing! This will be pretty even if the fountain doesn't work!

Phoenix, AZ


Thousand Oaks, CA(Zone 10a)

That is simply beautiful. I am so envious. I have to admit, I had to look up the word tesserae. Please, show us your other creations. Sue

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

Ditto to all of that and especially to sharing pictures. I am a visual person and really have to have a picture to know what you are talking about ^_^ It sure is a neat idea to do over your patio this way.

ah, to be so talented.....

Moose Jaw, SK(Zone 3a)

Lisa that is art! Joelle

Houston, TX

Thank you so much everyone! I've enjoyed doing mosaics for several years. Mainly stained glass on glass as I love to watch the colors change when the light hits it. This is my biggest stained glass project so far and if the door withstands the weight once I have it grouted and moved, I have another door (a glass front door) that I just found that I'm going to do completely in colored tempered glass since I was able to score a bunch of tempered glass for free. Not sure where that'll end up!

Here is another pic of the shower door that shows the glass better. I left the bottom plain under the stones so it will sit in the basin and I don't have to worry about the silicon being submerged. I'm grouting tomorrow so it will look a lot different with grout. I'm still debating on what color to grout it.

I've been lucky to either find, barter or been given a lot of the things I'm using on my patio. I started with a table, umbrella and 5 chairs. It was bare and boring. Now I've got lot's of flowers, veggies growing in pots/bags and I'm finding all kinds of things to use in different ways to either decorate or use. It's become my favorite room. Well for now. When it's 110 degrees with 100% humidity as it'll be in a week or two, I might feel differently!!

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Lacey, WA

Beautiful work! It's wonderful what you can do with left-overs, isn't it? My patio is decorated with discards, yard sale and Goodwill finds as well, and it was such fun pulling it all together.

In our area, we don't have much luck "curb shopping". People just don't put things out on the curb here like the seem to do in other areas! We DO have a great Habitat for Humanity re-store that sells old doors, windows, architectural pieces, hinges, door knobs, etc. I hope to do a little browsing there as the weather clears up and would LOVE to find a glass shower door and attempt to copy your idea!

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

I just love it! I love stained glass and any other colored glass. Beautiful job. Sure wish I could score in the glass dept.
I just recently covered a glass top with glass but it isn't anything compared to your door. After grouting, what will you seal it with to keep the grout from washing out? Please keep posting your talent.

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Very pretty!

Webster, WI

This is really beautiful!! I can't wait to try it someday!

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

very nice love the random look
welcome to T2T
lots of great people hanging out here.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

That's beautiful!! It will make a beautiful fountain for your patio. We want to see it when you get it set up.

And I also want to see your other creations! Please show us!!


mulege, Mexico

Remember to check for free items. I've seen a lot of shower doors posted there.

Beautiflu work on your door, Lisa.


Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Lisa,tThat is beautiful, I've missed out twice, had a shatter door and gave away the other half.
Can we see your patio?

I made this last night with some creative thought on the cheap.

"if everyone swept their own front porch the whole world would be clean"

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Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I love that too! Maybe I could do something like that in my gardens. I'd love some unusual candle holders throughout. That's so pretty!

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

very nice do tell what you use to make it //

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

LOVE that, curves!

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

curves found your other post .. how cool is that !!!

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Love it, love it, love it.


Victoria, TX(Zone 9a)

New here and love this place... awesome ideas!! ty for sharing!

Dolores, CO(Zone 5b)

Welcome Lily!

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b) link to chandelier.

Lewisburg, KY(Zone 6a)

well that is neat! I am not so creative on my own but if I see a good idea I can duplicate it.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Im now figuring out how to put a solar light instead of candle!

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