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DIY Mosaic Table

For years I’ve been saving broken china. I even ask people at yard sales if they have any they are going to throw out.

I sorted it all into colour groups.IMG_3674

I picked up a little homemade table at a yard sale for under ten dollars. A two tiered round table or plant stand.

First I “shabby-chic”ed the dark brown finish with a white-wash of pale yellow. It was the only paint I had around and I’m too cheap to buy a whole can for such a little project.  IMG_3632

Then I lightly sanded the paint off. Martha Stewart would love this.

Next I randomly glued down the broken china with white glue like WeldBond. I used petal ware and jadeite, a milky-green glassware, especially on this piece because it reminds me of my cottage. And of course, Scrabble tiles. Instead of pilfering your own game you can buy some from my Etsy shop hereIMG_3675

I let the glue dry for 24 hours. I coloured the tile grout with a squirt of pale yellow acrylic craft paint.


I was lucky to find the grout at a yard sale too!  Unopened box for 2 bucks.

The groutwork is probably the most time-consuming part of this project.IMG_3706

The hardest part is wiping away the excess grout. Keep rinsing your cloth.IMG_3709IMG_8308

Caned Chair

Today’s project was repairing a caned chair.

IMG_9811I can’t even remember where I picked this chair up, probably at a yard sale. Don’t ever pick up old chairs at yard sales unless you are prepared to fix it yourself. The cost of someone else doing this would be, yikes!


This chair had good structural integrity so I thought it was worth the time.IMG_9815



It is a sturdy wooden chair. Worth a little elbow grease. Especially if you actually know how to do a cane insert, which I do.

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layer and layer of upholstery stuff

IMG_9821 IMG_9822Now starts the hard part!


the old caning being removed


the ugly old mess

IMG_9826It’s imperative that you get the groove totally gauged out. All the residue has to go.

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all ready to receive the insert

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Sanded, stained, varnished top. 

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laying in the sheet of rewoven caning

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trimming the excess reed

gluing in the spline

gluing in the spline

butted spline seam

butted spline seam

chair - 7Ever since I started to cane chairs over twenty years ago, this book has been my bible.