The use of mosaic tiles can transform furnishings into a unique work of art that adds textural interest to any space. With the assistance of Ritter Tile, LLC, we took what was originally an indoor table with decorative ceramic tile inlays and modified it into an outdoor dining table with a custom glass mosaic tile tabletop.
Before starting the tile installation, the table was painted by Cassidy Painting in the same glossy brown as the other patio furniture.
Local tile installer, Gary Ritter of Ritter Tile, LLC meticulously cut each 12″ x 12″ interlocking mesh-backed sheet of glass mosaic tile using a wet saw with a diamond blade.
Making the necessary cuts, Gary created sections of tile to accurately fit within the tabletop dimensions. He then pieced together each section, like pieces of a (complicated) puzzle and adhered them to the tabletop with mortar. After filling the entire surface space, he applied a silicone-based grout that would protect the table from the elements.
Here is the finished product! Evidently, Gary did a wonderful job creating the mosaic tile tabletops.
Paired with dining chairs from the Janus et Cie Sonnet collection and the other recently redone patio chairs, it creates a great outdoor dining & entertaining area.
From a vintage birdhouse and a delicate vase trio to fragrant candles, we’ve gathered some great Mother’s Day gifts, perfect for any special mother in your life – all available locally. Make her smile; show your appreciation for all she’s done over the years.
(1) anthropologie : Spice Market Infinity Scarf
(2) A.R. Morris Jewelers : Lagos Chain – Oval Link Bracelet
(3) terrain : Linneas Lights Sea Salt Candle
(4) anthropologie : Kitchen Garden Cookbook
(5) anthropologie : Horizontal Chemist Vase
(6) Peter Kate : Gretchen Scott Matisse Blue Beach Bag
(7) anthropologie : Cadiz Serving Bowl
(8) terrain : Hexagon Birdhouse
(9) A.R. Morris Jewelers : Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings
We’ve also listed some of our favorite local shops and restaurants to treat the mother in your life this Mother’s Day.
GIFTS & SUCH
Peter Kate • greenville, de
Ellie Boutique • locations in DE, PA & MD
Everything But the Kitchen Sink • hockessin, de
Pro Kitchen Gear • greenville, de
The Pink Turtle • greenville, de
Anthropologie • locations in DE & PA
A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
Eclipse Bistro • wilmington, de
Culinaria • wilmington, de
Moro Restaurant • wilmington, de
Takumi • wilmington, de
Sovana Bistro • kennett square, pa
Krazy Kats • montchanin, de
Orillas Tapas • wilmington, de
Chelsea Tavern • wilmington, de
Gardens and outdoor spaces have developed into an extension of the home, creating an intimate area for people to relax and entertain. Sitting areas adorned with vintage and antique outdoor furnishings add charm and personality with timeless appeal.
A distinct fixture of the traditional English garden, an armillary sundial is a unique piece that is functional as well as a decorative focal point for the garden. Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted it in a glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust damage. Restoring authentic garden antiques with a fresh look is a wonderful way to preserve its character while giving it a style of your own.
What is an armillary sphere?
The original armillary sphere was designed almost 2,000 years ago to illustrate the idea of a universe that revolved around the earth. As the sun travels across the sky, the gnomon (or arrow) of the armillary sundial casts a shadow onto a surface that indicates the hour. Learn more about their history here.
The now growing trend of metal patio furniture was originally inspired by formal living room sets. Designed with inspiration from formal living room chairs in the 1950s, the first metal patio furniture was curvy and very decorative.
This distinguished cast iron grape vine style garden furniture transcends the graceful, ornate Victorian style of the late 1800′s.
To complete the look, Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted this furniture set in the same glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust.
The complete look!
In continuation of last week’s post on revamping patio furniture, we’d like to share the progress photos of several pieces recently redone. Passed down from my grandmother, these pieces not only hold sentimental value, but many cherished childhood memories. This playful tribute to the original pieces added a modern twist to their vintage style, while coordinating with my other outdoor furniture.
Cassidy Painting sandblasted all of the original paint and rust off, then finished the pieces with their industrial spray painter using a glossy enamel matched to Benjamin Moore Brownstone. New Life Furniture Systems created the sofa cushions using a beige ribbed Sunbrella fabric. We used the remaining Perennials fabric from the round seat cushions for the sunburst springback chairs with the addition of Perennials Zig Zag in Oasis to make up the bolster and throw pillows. A nice way to frame out your cushions, is with a contrast welt. We used bright, solid Sunbrella and Perennials fabrics for the trim on the throw pillows, bolsters and sofa cushions.
Restoring and refinishing outdoor metal furniture, especially that with family history is much more economical and special than replacing it all. Nothing beats the charm of vintage outdoor furniture. Here’s how to give it a fresh look!