Thursday, May 14, 2009

Project Procrastinator -The After Party!


Today is the day we're suppose to show our "after" projects for Melissa's Procrastinator Party! Well I have a good excuse for not doing my project - we've only had 2 consecutive days with no rain so I couldn't paint the checkerboard pattern on my deck. But.....I have a number of pending projects so I picked another.



Some of you may remember when I painted my buffet yellow I said that I'd like to mosaic the top...Well I did it!






I used what I had. The only thing I purchased was a container of white grout. I had mosaic pieces because a few years ago I was going to do a birdbath and I had started a project covering concrete edgers (which I soon tired of)!



Here's my project!



It would have been better to draw it out in the beginning especially in doing the circles. The center one is a big wonky because I just started gluing down pieces without having any sort of guide.




It's not perfect. I learned a lot while doing it. I didn't plan out what I was going to do ahead of time. I knew I was going to do a big focal point in the center but the rest I just made up as I went along.




I think it came out pretty good for never having done this before! Sometimes you just have to go for it!



66 comments:

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

OMG!!! You really did it, Mrs?

What a brave and creative woman you are! Job well done. Very well done!

Have fun...

Kathleen Grace said...

It looks beautiful Manuela! You did a great job. I keep thinking I want to try this, Penny Carlson is such an inspiration with her beautiful creations:>) Now I just need to find the right thing to try it on...

Sue said...

I love it! I have a similar piece that I have wanted to try this with but have not pushed myself to do it yet!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

nice job! i have a big concrete garden table and 2 benches that I want to do this to but haven't a clue where to start.

Adrienne said...

Hi Manuela - Your projects are wonderful! I've been thinking of giving mosaics a try. Love yours. ~Adrienne~

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Look at you...... it looks GREAT........ I have hidden away my first projects....... but yours is wonderful...... no hiding needed here...... Good job....... did you have fun doing it?
HUgs
LInda

Stacey said...

Manuela, that is fabulous! I've always wanted to try that and have been chicken. You are inspiring!

Becky K. said...

Oh yes! This is great!

I love that the form is a bit freeform. I totally love the M!

Very pretty! Congratulations on your project.

Terri and Bob said...

I think it is adorable! I am very impressed. The perfect things in life are often forgot but the things that have character are often remembered! Your piece has character!

Heather said...

wow, i think it's great. all that hard work!

Doris the Great said...

It looks so pretty. I think you should pat yourself on the back! And the wonkiness of the 1st circle is adorable. If it bothers you, put a large bowl there!

You've inspired me -- especially with the concrete garden stones. I want to do some stepping stones, especially one of my beautiful Colombian student who will be going home in another month.

Tricia Anne said...

What a beautiful table! I like the garden stones too. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

A Touch of Country said...

Manuela it is so gorgeous! I bet it took a while to get it completed.

Thanks for some great inspiration!

Vee said...

Oh wow! Manuela, that is gorgeous and, of course, I love the yellow! I think a little wonky is altogether more charming.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It turned out wonderful Manuela! And like I tell my husband, mosaic is an art form...it is not suppose to be perfect! A little wonky makes it real!
Hugs,
Penny

Mrs. Rabe said...

I remember the concrete garden edgers!

I really like how the mosaic top looks on your buffet.

Great project! Oh, and the M tile is the perfect touch!

julie - eab designs said...

Beautifully done!! Love the color combination you chose for the tiles.

Sue said...

What a great fun project you completed. I wouldn't worry about "wonky." It is just sooooo cooool.....Color & design motif are pretty. Great inspiration piece for all of us to attempt.
:-) Sue

Jennifer said...

Manuela, it really looks good! I love that you just took the plunge and got it done. You must be so proud! The colors are great and I am sure it adds so much to your room.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Jennifer

Teresa said...

Man that looks like tons of work! Beautiful-
someday I what to try that.

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Very pretty! I have a mosaic table project, too, that is still in the very before stage...and probably will be for awhile yet! You've given me encouragement and inspiration, though! Blessings!

june@craftyniche said...

Simply GORGEOUS! I love it!!

Nina Knox said...

This looks great. I've always wanted to try a mosaic. I keep collecting broken china. Now you've inspired me. The "wonky" is good. When I do something that's not quite perfect, I tell people I did it on purpose so you could tell it was hand made.

glorv1 said...

Manuela, I think you did a pretty good job. I can't believe it was your first time doing that. Even Penny says it looks great. Congrats on accomplishing this, but then again, YOU pretty much can do anything you want. Have a great Thursday. Take care.

Susan said...

OOOOOOOO I love it! That is a wonderful, beautiful and very brave project!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

That is really pretty. If you made mistakes, you can't tell! I'd love to see the rest of the room where you have this table. Maybe you've posted it. I'll go look for it.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good - pretty. I am not creative enough to tackle a project like that.
Glenda

mamaK said...

Wow! That is so beautiful!!! I especially love the 'M'. Off to get my project butt in gear!

Rosey Pollen said...

It is lovely! Very creative!

Sharon said...

So beautiful Manuela :) I love the patterns and colors. I also like the edgers but won't try it if I know you tired of it :) I know I would too!
Have a great day and thank you for sharing :)

Songbirdtiff said...

Wow, great job! Thanks for sharing!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Manuela it's absolutely wonderful! I love it!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

This is one of your best projects! So creative! Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us. ~Kathy

Ally0005 said...

You did a great job for your first time. I love it!!!!!
Ally

Christina said...

Oh, Manuela, that is awesome. Such pretty colors and just wonderful.

You did a great job. I know y'all will enjoy that table this summer.

I am trying out some cilantro in the shade like you told Victoria.

Mrs. Querido said...

Manuela, you are adventurous :) I would have obsessed over it and agonized...and that is why I will probably never be brave enough to do a mosaic :) It looks great!

Oh and I got my gift card...thank you so much! I can't wait to see what I do with it!

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

I have attempted this and failed so I really appreciate the work you did and it looks great....good job!

KarenB said...

Manuela, it turned out so great! Don't you love it when you learn while doing? Sometimes it doesn't turn out as well a yours did, though. I think it look very beautiful!

Angie said...

Truly beautiful! I don't know if I have the patience to try it!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Turned out fabulous! Even the wonkiness (I love that word). I don't know if I would have been brave enough to do this. Kudos to you.

Emily said...

I LOVEE it!! It looks GREAT! Way to go! Its so beautiful!

salmagundi said...

That looks like quite a time-consuming project! It turned out great. Sally

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just a little party and you get all that done : )
It came out so nice. I would love to know if you are planning on writing out the steps to that project.
I'd be doing the happy dance if I were you!

Dee

Storybook Woods said...

Wow Manuela, I am sooo impressed. It is gorgeous, really !!! Clarice

scrappy quilter said...

That is absolutely amazing. I love it. It turned out so pretty and goes so well with the cabinet. Great job!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Awww, that really turned out cute. Looks like a fun project.

Teri said...

So pretty! I love the yellow bottom and mosaic top. Nice job!

Betty said...

Absolutely smashing! Betty

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, I just love it! This has been one of my project not getting done a long time! Congrat to you, you have it done and it is wonderful! I love how the buffet is made! I do not think I have ever seen it? Now doing it your self, what makes it so special. Perfect? An artist work is never, well usually never perfect. For handmade items usually say no two alike! I think its totally Perfect! I love the flower bed ones too! You should do more. lol Now! Hand over the Recipe! For My Old Family Secret Recipe! How I would love to make a real one, but My daughter and my friend would think it was from the grocery! lol

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, it is fabulous!!!! You are one talented lady.

Barb

Rosemary said...

You did a beautiful job!!!
It looks amazing!!
So sorry about all of the rain.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rosemary

Joy said...

Wow that looks so pretty and you did it yourself. That is awesome. Love the design and colors.

Peggy. said...

Looks great! I always wanted to try doing this.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

OH my goodness, that is just beautiful!! Now it is something you will really, really treasure. Love it.

jenjen said...

I LOVE IT! It is adorable! I love that look. My mom and I did a mosaic backsplash using old plates in her guest house and it was really cute. I wish I would have taken pictures of it. She has since moved. But I love it on a dresser. What a great idea!

XOXO
jen

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Manuela, you are a woman of many talents. Always inspiring and amazing me with what you think of and what you accomplish. Thank you for sharing your project today!!!

blessings!

Gracie said...

It's a very well done job for a first time! Bravo to you!!!!

Rebekah said...

I LOVE your wonky circles! Wow, Manuela! I thought it looked great before, but now it's spectacular.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow girl you are absolutely amazing! What a great job, and what a great piece to have and enjoy always! I'm so glad you jumped on board with the party!
Blessings,
Debbie

ellie said...

you go girl..you are one brave DIYer!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love it! I want to do something like this, but I am afraid to begin. Maybe your pictures will motivate me. I think it is much more charming because it isn't perfect. laurie

Sue said...

Hi Manuela...I am very impressed..you did a fabulous job..you are very talented and you can do it all!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

It looks beautiful! Makes me long after the dresser I did long ago. Put it outside and after years and years of getting wet...I had to get rid of it last year. Maybe I'll do another one soon, you've inspired me!
xo Lidy

Laura said...

How beautiful. What an amazing project!

Laura

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is beautiful! I love the look of the edging tooooo! Ya got me getting ideas for my yard. I love dishes and china things and have some that have broken that I still have...I could use them for a start....Thanks! As always you are full of inspiration and come up with million dollar ideas on a $1 budget!! Congratulations Manuela you did it again!! Jody

Linda said...

I really love this piece! You did a great job on it. Hmm now you have me looking around at something for me to mosaic the top of...