Thursday, January 20, 2022

Blue and White Mosaic Table

Mosaic Love blue and white checkers
I Love Mosaics!


Today I am sharing some "Mosaic Love" in blue and white - crisp colors for winter in Wisconsin.  

I was working on a blue and white mosaic table post in February of 2020, before the pandemic "became a distraction".  Now, 2 years later, I am finally finishing the post.

Blue and White Mosaic Table
Blue and White Mosaic Table

I made the table above several years ago, using an resale find table that I painted white after creating the mosaic.  A friend had made a beautiful checkered mosaic on a different project, inspiring me to create my blue and white checkered table.  I used Blue Willow plates, damaged flow blue plates and more.

mosaic table top blue and white checkers
Top down view of the table


All of the white squares are commercially available 3/4 inch bathroom tiles.  [The 3/4 inch solid white tiles used to be common, but are now harder to find - 1 inch tiles seem to be the new standard.  Cutting a more or less flat 1 inch square from the edge of a plate is much harder than cutting a 3/4 of an inch square, so using 3/4 inch tiles is important part of this project.]

Checkered Mosaic table in process blue and white
Initial cuts for making squares from a chipped plate

I cut porcelain plates with a wet tile saw to make the squares that have blue.  The photo above shows initial cuts on a chipped plate I reused.  Before this project I only used the tile saw significantly on one other project.  On this project I didn't use the saw on every edge, and if I do another checkered pattern in the future, I'll cut every tile with the saw.


Checkered Mosaic table in process
In Process Making of photo5

Above is another in process photo.  

damaged flow blue plate with stain
Orphaned plate with Stain

The flow blue plate above was badly stained, scratched and crazed.  I love flow blue china and collect these dishes, so I only used very damaged, chipped or stained plates for mosaics.  I feel glad I was able to use this plate in this project.

Checkered Mosaic before grouting
Detail shot of squares before grouting

The table's dimensions are 14.5 inches x 22.5 inches x 20 inches high.  The individual squares are 3/4 of an inch.  The photo below can be saved as a free desktop image.


Blue and White Mosaic Tabletop Detail
Desktop image, detail of Blue and White Mosaic Tabletop

Another project with similar colors created maybe 4-5 years ago was the bocce ball below that I covered with mosaic pieces from blue willow china.

Mosaiced bocce ball blue and white
Mosaic Bocce Ball



I mentioned in this note here that I like to learn from my projects. 

Some notes:  

Next time I do a checkered mosaic, I will draw lines on the table underneath the grid for better alignment, and I will try to use the wet saw for every piece.  And I'll grout better - I use this table almost everyday and the grout is a bit sketchy!  Maybe someday I will re-grout it.




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16 comments:

Joanne said...

What a beautiful table!

Michelle said...

That is a beautiful table. I admire your creativity and talent! Thank you for linking up.

Women Living Well After 50 said...

What a lovely table. You are very creative and I'm sure you need quite a lot of patience to make and use those tiny squares. Then end product is beautiful though. #weekendcoffeeshare

Natalie said...

Beautiful table and good for you to re-use ceramics. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

Janet Alcorn said...

That table is stunning! I've always wanted to learn to make mosaics.

Holly said...

So so beautiful- blue is my favorite and this table came out beautifully

Rowena said...

What a beautiful table, and thanks so much for explaining how you made it. It's well after midnight here and I could go out and smash a few plates and get started. A friend of mine locally is really into ceramics and art and craft. I must remember to share your post with her and I might do some with her.
Hope you have a good week.
Bestwishes,
Rowena

Handmade in Israel said...

You created an incredible table! I love the ball too.

Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) said...

What a gorgeous table. I love looking at all the detail on the blue tiles in it. Love the ball too. Thank you for sharing with #MischiefandMemories

Life Of 2 Snowbirds said...

Wow! Your table is amazing!

Sum of their Stories said...

Oh my goodness, your table is a thing of beauty! Thank you so much for linking it up at Handmade Monday, it'll be a feature next week, I love it! Serious case of table envy here!!

jeremy@thirstydaddy said...

Looks fantastic. I'll confess to being totally useless at that sort of thing #mischeifandmemories

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

Beautiful table. I love the blue color and the details. #HomeMattersParty

Sunshine and Books said...

That table is beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

loopyloulaura said...

Stunning effect. Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories, please remember to comment on posts according to our rules

My thrift store addiction said...

Your mosaics are stunning! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!