Mosaic Stool

By  Clare Miers 

Do you have a beloved plate with a small chip or two in it? Don't throw it away! Use it to transform a simple vintage stool into a treasured keepsake.

  • Mosaic Stool


  • Vintage stool
  • Hand painted plate


  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Small hammer
  • Sanded grout
  • Tile glue or adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • old towel, flat knife, popsicle stick, or spoon, small sponge, paper towel
  • Stool
  • 1. To break plate, place inside plastic freezer bag and cover with towel. Use small hammer to break into pieces.
  • 2. Use tile glue or adhesive to arrange and adhere pieces in desired pattern, leaving approximately 1/4" between pieces. When adhering pieces into random or original plate design, be sure to keep sharp pointed edges of porcelain or ceramic to a minimum. Place pieces with sharp edges into plastic bag again and lightly hammer edges until smooth. (Note: Pieces should lie flat with no sharp edges protruding so that someone can sit on the stool or so that a plant can be placed on top.)
  • 3. After pieces dry, fill in gaps between shards of glass with sanded grout. Follow grout manufacturer's instructions to mix grout, then use flat knife, popsicle stick, or spoon to press grout into cracks evenly. The consistency of your grout should be like clay. Cover any extra edges with grout to make surface smooth. Use knife to create nice clean outside edge on top of the mosaic design. Like icing a cake, turn stool as you make the top, outside edge very smooth.
  • 4. Before grout dries, use small sponge to clean any excess grout from porcelain plate or ceramic pieces. Use damp paper towel to blot and rub the excess grout off of the plate pieces. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use stool in your craft room or as a plantstand when winter arrives. It's a great way to reuse a beloved plate that has suffered a scratch or nick.