Sunday, June 30, 2013

Old Project Revised: Mosaic Table

I always have enjoyed crafts, or crafty things.  When I was a sophmore in college, I was given a table that was my grandmothers. It was a beautiful table, made of mahogany and it had a beautiful glass overlay.

Front of the Table:

I loved that it had belonged to my grandmother, and I wanted to... "make it my own" so I really thought about what I could do to make it unique.  I have always enjoyed "shiny" things *(like most girls I'm sure). I always really liked the iridescent color so I thought I could jazz up my table with something that had that shimmer.
So I thought my best bet was old CDs.  I took a bunch of old ones that I had lying around that had a pretty color on the back. Then one by one, I boiled them in water to make them easier to cut. While they were still hot, I would use a sharp pair of scissors to cut them into smaller peices, of all different shapes and sizes.  

Once I had A LOT of pieces, I put a super small dab of glue in the inlay of the table and put the cd piece on the glue just to hold it. Then I arranged the peices, into a shape I liked and... Behold the finished project.  It took probably a months worth of boiling, cutting, gluing, and arranging in a pattern. Some of the CD pieces would flake a bit, so I'd have to cut more. But overall I was very happy with the result. 

With Flash:

Without Flash:

Eventually I would like to try to get different colored CDs and arrange them into a pretty shape or something, but I need to find a large quantity of them and something to put them on. 
Either way comment any questions you have :]


  1. hi, this is gorgeous and i will be trying something like it soon!
    did you seal it once all the pieces were glued on?
    thanks :-)

    1. Hi Catherine!
      Thank you for your comments! (sorry I am just seeing this) I put a TINY dab of glue on the pieces so they stuck to the table. Then I put the glass top that came with the table on top of the CD pieces. If it had not come with the class top, I would have probably sealed it with a clear epoxy, or something similar. Hope that helps! :]

    2. I haven't done these yet, but apparently grout is a great way to seal, just have wipe all excess from cd's. I love that you found a way to cut them, and I can't wait to try this!

    3. Also a heat gun can be used instead of boiling :)

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    1. Yes, how to boil them? I have a small half of circle table all sanded and a fresh coat of paint just ready for something new and stylish

  3. WOW!!! I browse Pinterest a LOT, and this is probably the coolest, most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Great job!!

  4. This is a brilliant idea, I have purchased a few old wooden tables from the resale shops and I wanted something different to try to restore them to a more modern day look. This is it, and I have more than an abundance of old cd/dvd discs that I can use. Thank you

  5. I am so glad I finally found your post! I've seen your beautiful table in a number of posts named things like "25 things to do with old CDs" and there was never a link back here. I kept checking every image of your table on Pinterest and finally foudn you. Thanks so much for takingb the time to share! I will be referring back to it when I do my project.

  6. I would like to know when I have finished gluing the pieces in place how do I fill in the thin spaces between the pieces to complete it

  7. I'm so glad I found your idea on covering an old tabletop. Thank you so much.