Design all done, just the bolt holes left to cover over, once the tabletop was bolted back onto the table legs.
Once the mdf had been bolted to the tabletop, we had to glue around the edges as there was a bit of a gap. The vices helped hold the two parts together while the glue set.
Starting to fill in the design
First step - sketch my basic design
Next, I transferred the design to the cut mdf (had to simplify the design, as I had forgotten the grout would cover it anyway, doh!)
The basic ingredients - old table, mdf board (cut to size by my hubby), mosaic tiles, grout
I started with a border,
The design starting to take shape
Ta Dah! Some major reworking later (I changed the colours of the top butterfly, and had some repair work to do when loads of tiles came off - the result of grouting in the brilliant sunshine,which made the grout dry out and turn powdery, then 2 days of rain!). I went over the whole thing with a thin layer of grout, to fill in the gaps, and then painted on a few coats of watered-down PVA glue to help seal it all. If I ever do anything like this again, I hope to have learnt from my mistakes!
The easy part! It took literally 5 minutes to spray paint the legs with black paint
Paint chip Table Topper - grab a glass-top table for cheap. Remove the glass and top the table with various squares and rectangles of your preferred color palette. Carefully add the glass topper back on and enjoy an instantly revamped, colorful creation!