I made this mosaic table about seven years ago when Shabby Chic was trendy. I bought the wooden table at a garage sale in Los Altos, CA and recycled thirty-six chipped and cracked vintage china plates to complete the project. Seven antique skeleton keys provide fun detail. I still love the table, but I think that it's outdated. I'm considering painting it black and staining the grout a rich dark color. Stay tuned...I might get the nerve to do it! Then, I'll report either tears or triumph!
Use Leponitt glass mosaic cutters.
Use only sanded grout.
Seal the wood base and the grout.
Image of china plate being cut and tutorial from another source here.