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Topic: Any Craftsters have a clue on how to do a mirrored countertop?  (Read 425 times)
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« on: January 22, 2014 01:09:04 PM »

Hey guys,

I want to turn my drab countertops into something glamorous! So I'm thinking painting them high gloss black and then affixing A TON of those little craft mirrors on top. But then I'm stuck, how do I protect those little guys? Do you think an acrylic clear coat would do it? Or something else? Help me!

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014 10:47:12 PM »

I think you would have to pour resin over the top?
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014 02:04:33 AM »

No, no, no resin. Thick ceramic mortar between the squares. Build it up to the surface. So that it keeps the cut edges covered {so no cut fingers, oh, and a bit of sanding on the top edges first, like you do your fingernails to smooth them off}. A putty knife, or even an old credit card to make the grout level. Polish the surface with an automotive seal wax the first time once it has cured. After that...just plain glass cleaner, and you are good to go.

Here: same process...different project. http://findingwalden.com/2013/02/do-it-herself-how-to-mosaic-tile-a-mirror/

Or this: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Mirror-Mosaic-Backsplash/6970519 They use a bit different mortar, but just the same. This one is stickier for wall. But would work flat.

Hope these help. Google for more... that is how I found these. Mosaic mirror countertops.

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014 03:03:01 AM »

Sounds like a great project!

Here are some tutorials and projects on Craftster that will help you out with mosaic and grouting. There are also countertops that have been mosaiced on C-ster that you can check out.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359050.0#axzz2ryMv6CBT

Those little craft mirrors are sometimes really not well made, and based on plastic. So it may be a good idea just to get a regular mirror from some where inexpensive. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014 10:53:45 AM »

Another idea for you...to crack your mirror {or tile, or ceramic plates} into pieces, if you wish for the odd ball look?
Seal them in a box, and drop them off your roof! No kidding. It works to bust up the pieces, and you don't get glass shards aiming for your face and eyes. Then pick out what you like, and seal and drop again if you wish.

Here are some neat mosaics that I like...for other ideas in your kitchen. Please note the half of cup on the wall backsplash. Great above the sink to keep the sponge in? These types of mosaics are not hard to do. Like a puzzle, only fun! Stick to the surface with mastic...then grout with the putty stuff. Let cure {that means dry}, and seal.

Although for cutting the cup you need a wet saw. Most tile guys can help you do this. They cut with this method all the time. And you can have them drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage? They have those special ceramic drill bits, too.

http://www.jobeththomasmosaics.com/sinks.htm

Just thought I would share all this here, rather than start a new thread. Since members will be curious for the answers, too.

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Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
http://www.grammasbabystuff.com/I_Spy_-_Hill_3_Finished_Smaller.jpg
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014 12:03:19 PM »

These are all great ideas! Thanks so much!
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