Julie makes a mosaic tile table from our 1960s ebay motherlode — $48 masterpiece

how to make a mosaic tile tableWe have the first “after” project from a reader who bought some of the exquisite mosaic from the motherlode of crazy, sexy, unused 1960s mosaic tile discovered and featured from ebay last week.  Reader Julia — who owns a fabulous vintage shop in Westerville, Ohio (just north of Columbus) — snapped up a selection of the tile and created this gorgeous coffee table mosaic. Click on through for more photos, more about Julia, and an ebay carousel — there’s still some of this fabulous tile left if you want to make a table of your own. Julia said this took her just four sheets of the tile — a champagne masterpiece on a beer budget! Julia writes:

…I would love for you to feature my table! I do have a shop. It’s a vintage shop mid century 50s, 60s, 70s of course. I also have my work and the work of a few other artists that use vintage or vintage inspired materials. I mainly make t-shirts but dabble in tons of other projects (as you can see) I made this table in one day….(my day off from the shop..haha). It took four sheets of tile.

I would love to make more tables…it was kinda addicting. I brought it to the shop today and I think it will be gone by the end of the week. [She says price is $175.] Here is the shop’s website and facebook page: www.cindalou.org, and here’s our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/agalnamedcindalou

My mom and I opened the shop in 2006…. My dad has jumped on board since retiring. Plus, my dog Henry who is the most famous dog in town.)

I attached a picture of my house. I live in a 1955 California ranch style home..with an ever changing decor. It’s a fun business. I am always finding amazing things!

Thanks so much, Pam…. 🙂

Thank you, Julia, for sharing. You sure make good use of your days off — so inspirational. Readers, got an itch, now, to grab some of the remaining 1960s tile and make a table of your own. A tip: Take a look at what Julia has done — she’s staying in essentially one color family, except for a little *pop* of orange. Get some of those “leaves” for sure — there are still some left. Here you go, here are just 10 of the designs (the limit that I can show in this carousel) see instructions below the carousel to get to all the available tile.

Tip to using the ebay carousel:  To go to a particular item, click on its photo (NOT on the ebay logo) — then, click on the lime green “View and Bid” box, which will take you to the item on ebay. If you are on an Apple product that cannot read flash, try clicking Mark’s store here.

AND READ THIS: This particular carousel only shows 10 designs. The seller has more — as I write this, I count 43 designs/colors online. To get to these: Once you are on in ebay and looking at one item, go to “See other items”, then type “tile” in the search bar to get to all the stock (as best I can tell – if you’re really intense about seeing everything go through all the seller’s listings in case something is there that is miscategorized.) Disclosure: When you buy anything from these ebay carousels or after you click into ebay here, it nets me a teensy commission.

Thanks to seller Mark for sending me these photos so that I could format and feature them.

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  1. retroshawn says:

    Amazing! Julia, I’m curious about the table you used. Is this a vintage piece? I have always worried about doing mosaics on a flat table top because I don’t want the mosaic to extend above a natural border. Any suggestions?

  2. Diane says:

    One of those times I’m so happy I live in Central Ohio! If I stopped by, would you give me some ideas about redoing our ugly bathroom back to its 1953 glory? I’ll bring photos…

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