Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Repurposed cabinet used as a mosaic project.

My largest mosaic project to date! 

Mosaic project

We purchased two of these 3-drawer cabinets a few years ago from a local thrift store. I had them in a closet storing Beanie Babies, CDs, DVDs, and other things.



Thrift Store find for storage and mosaic project.
Thrift Store find for storage and mosaic project.
When I started designing my craft room, I decided to use them in my craft room. They are great for storage! The tops of the cabinets, I realized, would be great for displaying items or convenient for working on projects. I first painted them an off shade of the green I used on my walls. I also used the twine theme in my room to accent the handles that were originally made of brown wood.

Cabinet handles painted and added twine.
Cabinet handles painted and added twine. 
Something was missing! I felt like the cabinets needed more color and I had been itching to do a more complex mosaic project. I found colorful ceramic tiles at Hobby Lobby.

Ceramic tiles from Hobby Lobby.
Ceramic tiles from Hobby Lobby. 
Now for a design! This was rather difficult for me, as I've said before, I am not an artist! But, with the help of my husband's artful eye, I came up with a design I loved! I removed the paint from the top of the cabinet before I started.

t-shirt quilt detail
Thrift store repurposed cabinet
This isn't a 'How to' post, but below are the tools I used. You can not do a project like this without them! Determining the design and cutting the tiles was the most challenging part. It took a while to get the hang of cutting the tiles and get the fit with them I needed.

Tools for mosaic project.
Tools for mosaic project.
Once I had my design created, I glued down the tiles. Then, grouted the top.  Presto!
Add grout to the mosaic project.
Add grout to the mosaic project.
Adding the tiles
Adding the tiles

Add grout to the mosaic project.
Add grout to the mosaic project.
Tools for grouting.
Tools for grouting.
Tools for grouting.
Tools for grouting.
One cabinet down, one to go! Watch for another post soon on what design I added to the second cabinet! I actually have a design in mind this time! 

In the meantime, keep surfing, pinning, and creating! 




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