Sponsored: Paint products provided by DecoArt and Dixie Belle. Project idea, choice of products, and all opinions are 100% that of my own (see full disclosure policy).
Today I am making a mosaic. Now I thought I would get the fancy nipper tiles to make my cuts. But I decided to take my chances and smash them. Join me and my Thrifty Chicks pals as we try our hand with mosaics.
My first thought was to take apart a stool and reuse the top as my base. But as I looked around in my messy but organized garage I noticed the top of the baby rocker I carried home not too long ago. I had my base.
I painted the entire piece, both front, and back. What I did was paint the back with the DecoArt Everlasting. It is a crisp white paint. Then after it dried I painted the over it with Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide. Gator Hide is a product that can withstand the outdoors. Then I repeated it on the front, using both products.
Starting off by smashing a pretty green and white plate I felt like I was working out my muscles. Maybe I smashed a few pieces to hard because the pieces crumbled. But I didn’t mind because I have a few more pieces and I think a variety is good.
I had a false start and mixed up the grout first. Once I got that out of my mind and realized I needed thin-set I was fine. So I took my time. It took me several days to pick the pieces. Place them, redo several spots and finally I was satisfied.
After the thin-set was thoroughly dry it was time to grout. I made the grout a bit wetter. It was better to get it in the spots where the lines were thinner than other areas.
The final step in the process was a final coat of Gator-Hide, front and back. It was ready to hang. What do you think of it now? I must say I like it. Now join my other Thrifty Chicks to see what they have made.