DIY Mosaic Bar Cart

This project has been a long time in the making. Last summer (or maybe two summers ago?) my mom fell in love with a bar cart from Pier 1 with a mosaic top. It did look nice, but it cost almost $300. I promised I could make one for much, much less. It was originally a birthday gift that turned into a Christmas gift that finally turned into a just because gift about a month ago. I found the cart at a Habitat for Humanity Restore for $5. The top of the cart was a glass hot plate from the 60s or 70s. I was too nervous to check if the electrical components still worked, but step number one in the project was removing the power cord. I wish I took before pictures! The wooden body and metal frame of the cart had seen better days, so I spray painted the whole thing a wine color. With grout, tile, and a few small supplies, I was able to turn the cart into a pretty mosaic bar cart like my mom wanted. The total project only cost $30. It's now out on the patio, functioning as a bar cart and grill master's assistant.

DIY Mosaic Cart

Spray paint (optional)
Tile (I used these glass tiles and scrap ceramic tile from a flooring project)
Sanded grout
Putty knife
Disposable bucket
Caulk (optional)
Sealer (optional)

Spray paint the cart if desired. Allow to dry at least 48 hours.

Mix the grout in a disposable bucket according to package directions. Scoop grout onto the surface of the cart. Using a putty knife, spread an even layer of grout over the entire surface. The grout layer should be approximately a half inch thick. Press the tile into the grout in the desired pattern. Spread the remaining grout over the tile and use the putty knife to distribute the grout evenly between the tiles. Scrape off any excess grout so that the tiles are clearly visible. Follow the grout package directions for dry time. Once dry, use a damp sponge or cheesecloth the scrub off any cloudiness on the tiles caused by the grout. The bar cart is now ready to use. If desired, caulk the edges of the mosaic area and apply a tile sealer to make the top more resistant to wear.

Helpful Tips

-Map out the tile placement prior to putting the grout on the cart.

-Try to use tile of similar thickness

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