Mosaic patio table diy

Mosaic patio table diy DEFAULT

Replace Glass Top With Concrete Board

Glass-top metal patio tables can be used to make a mosaic table by replacing the glass top with 1/4 inch concrete backer board. The concrete backer board is roughly the same thickness as the glass top it is replacing, and it can rest on the rim of the metal table just as the glass top did. However, the thin concrete backer board can sag if unsupported, so marine plywood or pressure-treated plywood should be laminated to the underside of the backer board to stiffen it.

Note that the plywood should be slightly smaller in diameter than the concrete backer board so that it doesn’t interfere with the metal rim of of the table. Only the concrete backer board rests in the inside of the rim where the glass rested. If the plywood were to rest there, then the table top would be too thick and stick up above the rim instead of fitting inside it like the glass.

Steps For Replacing The Glass Top With Reinforced Concrete Mosaic Backer

  • buy 1/4″ concrete backer board from building material store.
  • measure glass top being replaced.
  • cut 1/4″ concrete backer board into a circle the same size using jig saw.
  • cut pressure-treated plywood into slightly smaller circle using jig saw with fresh blade.
  • glue plywood to concrete backer board using Weldbond or other PVA glue.
  • paint underside of plywood and its outer edge with multiple coats of outdoor paint.
  • insert table top into metal table base.

Repairing Edges of Concrete Backer Board

Concrete backer board sometimes has bubbles and voids that aren’t exposed until you cut across them and leave a weak spot or rough crumbly spot at the edge of the piece. You can also damage the edges of the concrete backer board during transport and handling. If this happens, you can repair and reinforce these weak crumbly places with the same thinset mortar that you use to attach the tiles.

Use Thinset Mortar Instead of Glue

Outdoor and wet mosaic should always be done with thinset mortar instead of glue. Thinset mortar is concrete with polymers added for strength and adhesive properties. You can also use the thinset for grouting the finished mosaic. An outdoor mosaic made with thinset will last many times longer than a mosaic made with glue, and that is why they use thinset for attaching tiles in swimming pools.

Using Thinset

We use Versabond brand thinset by Custom Building Products and add 1/4 pound of water per pound of thinset. Thinset comes in big bags that are inconvenient. We keep the bag of thinset in a 5-gallon plastic bucket with a lid. We slide the whole bag into the bucket and cut the top off the bag and scoop out what we need. Never try to pour it unless you like big clouds of dust that is dangerous to breath.

Finding The Right Table Is Easier Than Making The Wrong Table Work

I have always disliked the subject of mosaic tops for metal patio tables because I receive too many emails from lunatics who think the most important thing about the table to be mosaiced is that it is what they already happen to have on hand. It doesn’t matter to them if the table is broken or rusting to pieces or made of wood or already has an expanded metal mesh top welded in place.

For these people, it isn’t about finding a table that is appropriate for a mosaic top, it’s about making whatever they happen to have work, no matter how flawed or problematic or downright dangerous it might be. What’s worse is that when I take valuable time to email back explaining why the table is a poor candidate, they usually email back proposing some farcical method of making it work and wanting further comment.

These proposals show a lack of understanding of basic concepts, but what really makes them insufferable is that they are usually posed as questions asking me to explain why it would not work or why it wouldn’t make the process quicker or easier, usually in a pleading way. (As if my agreeing with them could somehow alter laws of physics or other aspects of objective reality… )

Reading their emails always brings to mind an expression used in the military, one that is blunt, crude and profoundly apt, like so many military expressions: You cannot polish a turd. How many times have I longed to type those words into an email reply!

Inspect Table For Strength And Stability

A mosaic table top can weigh significantly more than the glass top it is replacing. Before doing anything else, inspect the table to make sure it can hold the weight. Look for broken welds in particular, but also keep an eye out for the gauge of materials used for the table. Most metal patio tables are much heavier and stronger than they need to be, but factories make things lighter, cheaper and more disposable each year. If the table in question appears to be light-gauge and weaker than most wrought iron you have seen, then think twice before using it as the base for a mosaic table top.

Bistro Tables

If you use a small metal bistro table, then make sure that you don’t create a safety problem by putting a very heavy top on a table that is taller than it is wide. This can make the table unstable and easy to tip over. The heavy table top could easily injure someone if the table were knocked over by a casual bump. The solution is to anchor or weight the feet of the table, and a sock filled with sand and tied in a knot is often all that is required. Using wire to twist tie the table to the railing of a balcony is another quick solution.

Glass Mosaic Tile Is Best For Outdoors

Glass in nonporous and therefore impervious to moisture and freeze damage. Ceramic tile and stone are porous, and thus water can penetrate inside and freeze and crack the tile over time, sometimes very rapidly depending on where you live. Sure we have a lot of Roman stone mosaics from 2000 years ago, but those mosaics are in the dry warm Mediterranean basin and not west Michigan…

Remember To Seal Outdoor Mosaics

A few days after grouting, you should seal your mosaic with a tile and grout sealer. Tile and grout sealers are invisible pore sealers and not coatings that form a separate layer over the top of the mosaic. You wipe them on with a rag, and then wipe away the excess with a clean rag and allow to dry for ten minutes. Apply it 3 times or whatever the manufacturer instructions recommend.

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How to Replace a Patio Table Top with Tile

Our next guest for Turning Tables DIY Week had a common but awesome problem: a free but broken patio table, just the metal base up for grabs along the side of the road (score!). All it needed was a replacement top, so Nicole got to DIYing and build a new patio table top with some lovely great detailing!

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How to Build a Replacement Tiled Patio Table Top
by Nicole from Q-Schmitz Home Design + DIY Blog

My name is Nicole Q-Schmitz and I’m a DIYer and blogger at the Q-Schmitz Home Design + DIY Blog. I live in Northern Ontario, Canada and we don’t get a long summer – so we definitely try and make it last by spending as much time outside as possible! This also usually only gives us a couple of good warm months to do any outdoor projects.

From framing and pouring a concrete walkway, to building raised garden beds along our shed and adding benched seating around our deck – we had lots to do last year. Thank goodness we were able to accomplish so many big tasks, because we just had a cute little baby boy a few weeks ago, and I’ll be a little occupied this summer!

Today I’d like to talk about the custom tiled outdoor patio table top that I built (which goes perfectly with those benches I mentioned) and share with you the simple tutorial in case you’d like to replicate this look at your house 🙂

DIY tiled table top with upcycled patio table frame by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

My table top is approximately 4′ x 7′ and here are the materials and tools that I used:

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Materials Needed

  • Patio Table Base
  • 1 4×8 Sheet of Aspenite/Chip Board
  • 2 Sheets of 3×5 Cement Board
  • 2x4s (or other similar lumber) I used about 6 lengths
  • Screws
  • Tiles
  • Tile thinset and grout

DIY Tile and Mosaic tile table top on upcycled patio table frame by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Tools Needed

This table top is going to be very heavy, so make sure you have some muscly helpers to lift it!

Upcycle an old patio table frame by building a tiled table top for it by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

The whole idea for this project started after the Husband had brought me home a patio table base he found at the end of someone’s driveway (aka where people leave things they don’t want, free for the taking).

How to build a tiled table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

I knew that I wanted a tiled table top, so started by gathering the materials I would need, and began measuring and cutting some cement board. (Note: You will go through a few blades when using a utility knife to cut through cement board).

Tutorial for tiled table top with mosaic tile borders by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

The cement boards were only 3’x5′ so I had to puzzle together some pieces to make a big enough surface. I ended up placing them lengthwise across a 4’x8′ sheet of aspenite and cut off the extra foot from each cement board to fill in the center. This way, I only had to cut a foot off of the wood and was able to maximize all my pieces.

Salvage a patio table by building a new top for it with tile and mosaic tile by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Once I had the cement board pieces in place, I screwed them down into the sheet of wood. Now comes the trickier parts! You’ll need to flip your board over and mark where all the next pieces of wood will go, then flip it back over and drill down from the top (so everything is stuck to the cement board top).

Basically, I created a frame around the perimeter of the table with 2x4s and then used smaller pieces of wood to fit snugly around the size of the table.

Upcycle a patio table base by building a tiled table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Once those first pieces were in place, I added some more pieces of wood so that the table top would be wedged nicely in place (again, you have to put the pieces of wood underneath and screw down). Think of it like building block pieces, I wanted the pieces of 2×4 to stick out and fit like a puzzle around the edges of the table.

DIY tiled table top with beautiful mosaic tile edges by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Once I had my base built, I added some 2x4s along the side (that I pre-stained to match my deck) to create a border. I used the tiles as my guide and placed the 2×4 at the height that would match the tiles. I just had straight cuts on the ends of my boards, so if you prefer a mitered edge – you may need to make your table slightly smaller than 4′ (or just use more pieces of wood).

How to build your own tile table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

I knew I wanted a tiled table top, so I placed my tiles and moved them around so that they were evenly spaced. Note: you don’t want your tiles to be straddling overtop the cut lines/edges of your cement board because they’ll crack easier.

How to use borken tiles to create a beautiful table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

I had some big gaps to fill on my table, but thankfully I had a lot of broken tiles leftover from various renovation projects. I simply smashed up tiles into smaller sizes with a hammer, and then arranged each size into groups. Be careful when you are breaking tiles, there will be flying shards of glass and any unprotected skin may get cut.

DIY tiled table top with mosaic borders by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

I started by placing the larger pieces first, then filling in with the medium and smaller ones. If you’re planning on doing a tiled table as well, keep in mind that the mosaic tile pattern will take the most time for your project (at least 75% of my time was spent placing these pieces).

Why you should never throw away broken tile, a tutorial for a table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

I then back-buttered each individual tile in place with thinset (make sure it’s one that can be used outdoors) and waited for everything to dry. Again, the tiling portion took the longest amount of time of this entire project – and I spread it out over a few days.

Tutorial for tiled table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Once everything was set, I grouted the tiles and waited for that to dry.

DIY tiled table top for outdoor use by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Because I was working outdoors, I had to cover the table so that rain wouldn’t ruin the curing process. Once everything is complete, you can leave your table uncovered and it should be fine.

Creative way to use broken tile, mosaic tile table top by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Build a patio table that can withstand Canada winters by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Did I mention I lived in Canada? We get a lot of snow in our area, and my plan was to move the table indoors so that the weight of the snow wouldn’t break it. Unfortunately, that never happened and it was left outside (uncovered) all winter!

DIY tiled table top with mosaic tile accents by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Thankfully the snow didn’t break the base, but I did notice a bit of cracking/splitting on the surface of some of the ceramic tiles. If you’re planning on doing a tiled table, you might want to consider a hardier tile (like slate) that will be more durable. You could always cover your table and hopefully that should protect it from the elements.


There was also a bit of movement along the stained 2×4 frame so I will need to either screw the pieces in tighter again, or re-grout in that gap. Just wanted to give you a heads up! (Of course, I also know that regular 2x4s weren’t really meant to be outside in the rain all the time, so you could also substitute the side pieces with cedar or pressure-treated wood).

All in all, I’d say making a tiled table top is a great DIY project! It was easy to complete, but the mosaic tiled sections were definitely time consuming. The only other change I may have made was to consider the weight of the table – you’ll need a few people to help move it!

Build your own tiled patio table top with beautiful mosaic tile edges by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Thanks for following along with my tiled table tutorial, and I hope you come visit the Q-Schmitz Home Design + DIY Blog and follow along in my adventures! A big thanks to Remodelaholic for having me share my project with all of you 🙂

How to use broken tile to create a beautiful table top for outdoor use by Q-Schmitz featured on @Remodelaholic

Thanks for sharing with us, Nicole! Bummer that the Canadian winter undid your hard work, but I’m sure you’ll have a great solution to make it amazing again!

Remodelaholics, head over to Q-Schmitz to see more DIYing from Nicole — don’t miss her awesome raised garden beds! 

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How to Make a Mosaic Tile Table Design

Materials and Tools:

3-4 colors of shiny wall tiles
cloth to wrap tiles
mastic adhesive
grout float
grout sealant
table or other surface to mosaic


1. Start by sketching a design for the table on a piece of paper. Using a marker, transfer the design to the tabletop (or other surface, or a piece of wood that will become the base for the mosaic design).

2. Decide on the general color scheme, using about three or four different colors: one background color and some accent colors. Buy shiny wall tiles that are either 3" x 3" or 6" x 6."

3. Take one tile at a time and wrap it in cloth. (Note: It's important to wrap the tiles in cloth and/or wear safety glasses. The broken tiles in the photo aren't wrapped so they can be visible for instructional purposes.) Using a regular hammer, break the tile. Be careful about how hard you hit the tile, because it's easy to damage the glaze.

4. Look for tiles that match the outline of the sketch, so you can actually "draw" the outline of the sketch on the tabletop using the small tile pieces. Attach the pieces one at a time using tile adhesive (mastic). Mastic adhesive is pre-mixed and comes in a bucket.

5. Fill in the design with other tiles pieces, breaking tiles along the way.

6. Fill in all the gaps using grout and a grout float. Wipe off the excess with a sponge. It takes about a day for the grout to dry.

7. Finish the mosaic by applying a wipe-on sealant.


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