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Topic: revamped cafe table and chairs with mosaic marbling....almost done! NEW PICS!  (Read 9033 times)
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wildflowerz
« on: June 02, 2005 09:56:37 PM »

I was so excited to get the marbling done I just wanted to post a picture of it. All I need to do is figure out if I want to use resin and put in a new edge or use white grout.  I used blue vinyl to recover the chair seats, only because I am putting it outside. Page 4 will have updated pics with grout before resin.
What it looked like before I started

what it looks like now

the top of the table's pattern

 tell me what you think and if you have an opinion on whether or not I should use resin or grout on the table top to fill in the marbles....I already bought an edging made out of aluminum
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005 10:14:18 PM »

thats awesome!! if its somewhere thats going to get wet, or get stuff spilled on it, i might go w/ resin
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 10:21:50 PM »

That's very nice. Where did you get the blue leather by the way?  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 10:22:24 PM »

i vote for resin.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2005 10:23:34 PM »

this is gorgeous! im not really sure what resin is..i think it dries clearish. whichever way you do it you couldn't wreck the appearance, thats for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2005 07:57:20 AM »

wow! *sits with mouth open maouthing "wow" repeatedly*
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2005 08:26:26 AM »

THANKS GUYS! Cheesy
acfcheung..its blue vinyl, and I bought it at Hancocks fabric, and it was only 3.44 a yard! So I have plenty of vinyl left for any future re-coverings, in case something might happen to the chair seats.....I have two cats and they love to lay all over the top( i guess because the marbles are cold and they cool their balls on it) and the chairs.
I think I am keen on the idea of using resin as well, I think it would stand up to the weather better as well krazigal72 and swalsh. I'll post pics as soon as i am done, but it shouldn't look much different than it does now, just a clear resin pour and metal edging, and its done YEA!
Thanks again...Linda
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2005 09:19:45 AM »

That table is amazing! How long did it take you to do that?
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2005 09:23:19 AM »

That's wicked cool...nice job.
I'd go for resin too - I have some lap desks that were done in resin 10 years ago and they only have a few weak trouble spots from bubbles that I was careless about back in the day....
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2005 11:23:49 AM »

That table is amazing! How long did it take you to do that?
Sharla it took me a total of maybe 8-10 hours over a coarse of a few days. TEDIOUS WORK!
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2005 12:24:57 AM »

I love those chairs, and the table looks great!
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2005 06:49:26 AM »

Wow it looks so amazing!!  Shocked And this is all donw with marbles
but with a mosaic design. I've seen this done before in Mexico at one of
the breakfast restaurants down at the beach. I think it gives it a real colourful, tropical look. Well done i say.
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2005 04:01:11 PM »

beautiful.   I've been wanting to do this.  we desperately need a table on our balcony.   I'm doing it with pieces of mosaic though - I bought a small set of dishes at a rummage sale that are such a pretty pink/salmon color.  I was thinking of breaking those up and maybe using one other color - I bet I could find a bunch of black dishes too...as a little accent. 

My only problem is I can't find a table that isn't already $50 or more.  And most of the ones I've seen already have a mosaic design on them - makes it kinda pointless Wink   
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2005 04:19:55 PM »

Very nice! I did a mosaic table last summer for my bedside table (although it's longer than any other bedside table I've seen). Although I used grout I'd suggest resin, I think it would hold up better.
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2005 07:51:52 PM »

Wow!!   Shocked

That looks really great, girl!  I bet that was a tedious task, but obviously well worth it.  Bravo.   Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2005 09:16:42 PM »

My only problem is I can't find a table that isn't already $50 or more.

Chelsea, I don't know if you're in/near a major city, but you may want to try http://www.craigslist.org or http://www.freecycle.org. People literally give away furniture all the time - it amazes me. One man's trash...
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2005 09:07:16 AM »

The other thing is that it's also coming up on garage sale time.  Grab your newspaper, and your coffee mug, and hit the streets EARLY!  Check around with local churches, too.  They sell some of the BEST stuff. 
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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2005 05:12:11 PM »

That is really cool!  Your hard work was definatly worth it.  I'm kind of new to the crafting world, but um...what is resin and grout?  Undecided
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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2005 06:37:35 PM »

That is really cool!  Your hard work was defiantly worth it.  I'm kind of new to the crafting world, but um...what is resin and grout?  Undecided
Resin is a clear substance that you can use to cover a table to make it look like it has glass on it.It dries hard and is thick. Grout is what they use to do your tiles in your bathroom, usually white, but you can use a coloring for it as well.
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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2005 06:43:39 PM »

That is really cool!  Your hard work was defiantly worth it.  I'm kind of new to the crafting world, but um...what is resin and grout?  Undecided
Resin is a clear substance that you can use to cover a table to make it look like it has glass on it.It dries hard and is thick. Grout is what they use to do your tiles in your bathroom, usually white, but you can use a coloring for it as well.

Ah, okay.  Thanks.  I know what it can be like dealing with n00bs.  Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2005 06:46:03 PM »

That is awesome!  I love it!   Grin  I vote for resin, otherwise it might get ruined. 
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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2005 08:10:26 AM »

i love it!! very meditarrean vibe  Wink

i suggest you do a little test sample with resin and the other stuff, so it would be easier to decide which one to use in the end!

and show us the result!!!  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2005 08:18:55 AM »

Shocked Wow! Gorgeous and inspiring!

Could you use both grout and resin?  Not that you need to, but if someone wanted the look of white grout without the hassle of its getting dirty and such, could you grout out the mosaic, let it dry, and then resin over the top?  Or would there be a chemical/structural/whatever problem?
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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2005 10:39:38 AM »

mariska and PimpernelSmith- I have started to resin a few little things and trying it over the grout with glass pieces instead of marbles though, just to get the feel of it and how it would look over grout, and what I have done  looks great on these little boxes I am doing,  but I did want to know the best method before I tackled such a big job and then theres no going back. I am finding that the resin says its not for outdoor use and I want to leave my table outside, so what should I do? I definitely plan on putting up a pic when I am done....if it comes out okay....lol Tongue
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2005 10:44:05 AM »

Wow, that looks wonderful!  So much work, but it all paid off.  Lovely!
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2005 08:16:27 PM »

this is the cutest table i have ever seen! i would like to make one of my own, but i don't want to be an idea theif. so could i borrow this idea? also, what did you use to glue down the marbles? did you paint on a glue? or glue each one by one. thanks!
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2005 09:46:17 PM »

this is the cutest table i have ever seen! i would like to make one of my own, but i don't want to be an idea thief. so could i borrow this idea? also, what did you use to glue down the marbles? did you paint on a glue? or glue each one by one. thanks!
I painted the top of the table white first then I glued each flat marble on with Elmer's craft glue one by one by one by one ....tedious to say the least. You can borrow anything you like- thats what this place is all about!  THANKS!
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2005 11:07:04 PM »

It's so pretty and vibrant, I would worry a bit that resin would cloud up and take out some of the lustre. How about just covering it with a glass top?

Whatever you choose, it's going to be beautiful!
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2005 05:56:05 AM »

Ah, now a glass top is a great idea!
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« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2005 11:50:12 AM »

simply fantastic!
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« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2005 05:20:53 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: June 20, 2005 02:41:07 PM »

Okay guys, so I ended up grouting in the marbles and this is what it looks like now without the resin poured on top. I had to look up in this photo, or I would have only had buttcrack shots of me doing this with my boyfriend taking pics  Tongue
I still have to have a few more good wipes before its all dry and set.

me in the process of grouting....messy messy!
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« Reply #32 on: June 20, 2005 03:44:37 PM »

Wow!  It looks like the grout turned out very nicely.
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« Reply #33 on: June 20, 2005 04:43:39 PM »

Okay guys, so I ended up grouting in the marbles and this is what it looks like now without the resin poured on top.

I'm loving this thread and how the table is looking!  I have been wanting to do something similar with a smaller circular table and clear marble pictures.  I was thinking of gettting a glass circle cut for the top but now I'm wondering about resin..... my table would be used indoors only so weather is not an issue.  I think grout would obscure my images too much.  Anyway, awesome job and I look forward to the finished pics.

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« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2005 04:52:31 PM »

Okay guys, so I ended up grouting in the marbles and this is what it looks like now without the resin poured on top.

I'm loving this thread and how the table is looking!  I have been wanting to do something similar with a smaller circular table and clear marble pictures.  I was thinking of getting a glass circle cut for the top but now I'm wondering about resin..... my table would be used indoors only so weather is not an issue.  I think grout would obscure my images too much.  Anyway, awesome job and I look forward to the finished pics.

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Thanks Hakue & Bee, I might have to steal that idea about the big marbles with pic's under them, thats a good idea! I can't wait until I put the resin on top..... probably tomorrow! It will shine like glass! Shocked
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« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2005 03:56:14 PM »

Ooh, I can't wait!  You'll post pictures I assume.
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« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2005 11:49:59 AM »

I so want to make one of these.  I've never done a mosaic before, though.  Must search through craftster for mosaic tips now...

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« Reply #37 on: July 22, 2005 06:59:01 AM »

wow, that's really awesome. great job.
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« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2005 09:50:10 AM »

So I know I said I would post poictures of the DONE but I have been so busy with swaps and been out of town and had my boyfriends son here all month so its been crazy around here. I PROMISE to get it done SOON! Thanks guys you have just reinspired me to get it done!
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« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2005 12:35:18 PM »

thats flippin sweet. it gave it a brand new look. i wonder if i have anything i could do that to!
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« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2005 12:37:42 PM »

Wow! That is really beautiful work. I'm impressed.
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« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2005 10:31:53 PM »

That is so beautiful. The colors are amazing and i like the pattern. VERY V ERY PRETTY!
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« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2005 03:30:00 PM »

Wow that looks great.  Think I would go with the resin also.  But then I haven't had much luck getting grout to look nice...just me...
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« Reply #43 on: September 23, 2005 09:21:13 PM »

I think it looks great! What about getting a glass piece to put on top of it so that way it will all be protected and you wouldn't need to worry about grout or resisn
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« Reply #44 on: May 28, 2006 11:15:45 AM »

Wow!! very colorful.. I might just have to do that to my ouside table to give it some color... looks worth the time you put in it...
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