Last month when Steve and I were in Oklahoma City visiting parents, we spotted the metal base to a patio table. The glass was gone, but the base was in good shape. I even liked the slightly weathered blue paint on it.
We got it back home and I decided it needed a mosaic top . We used a sheet of Hardie board for the base.
I priced tile and realized that I didn't want to spend that much. I had some garage sale plates and white tiles. We bought mastic and grout.
I broke the plates between pieces of cardboard with a 4 lb hammer. Wear goggles!
Steve helped me with this project. It's too bad we don't have a movie of us hurriedly trying to stick the pieces to the table before the mastic dried!
I could have gone hunting for more plates, but honestly I didn't have time. We both think it has a nicely casual look as it is. And it was (practically) free!