The inspiration for this table began simply enough. I found the cast iron pedestal at the Salvation Army store. It had a wood top that was covered with stained white Formica but I loved the base. Now THIS would make a patio table the wind couldn't knock over! I thought I would use use a variety of bright colored broken wall tiles in a simple random pattern. Well, who knew you have to buy the tiles in full cases - that's no fun! I started searching the Internet and found a company that sells a huge variety of these tiny tiles in small quantities. Game on!
Did I say random pattern? Did I say small quantities? In my typical fashion, I complicated it and came up with this not-so-random pattern of my own design. A little ambitious for a first time mosaic but that's the way I roll. I ran out of tiles and had to re-order twice. After about two months and an estimated 10,000 individually nipped and grouted one.at.a.time it was finished at long last. Hmm. Now that I think about it, maybe this table is the reason I got over my mosaic phase! I am happy to report it has held up every bit as well as I thought it would and we have been using it pretty much every day for 8 years now. Sometimes covered with snow, always covered with junk and NEVER tipped over by the wind.