Porcelain China Mosaics

This is just a teaser for you…..I’ll post a full tutorial for this project on Wednesday so check back then!
The idea for this chest actually began 10 yrs ago. We were building our dream home and I wanted to do a mosaic out of broken china.
 I had seen a concrete patio table that someone had covered with broken tile and I loved it. 
Since I’m a china fanatic…(have I told you that yet?) I immediately thought of how pretty it would look if it was made from china. 
This was well before the internet craze and blogging and even HGTV. So I was on my own as far as figuring it out. 
Also, I had no clue to WHAT exactly I could apply this treatment. Building the house created an opportunity. 
I had seen a gas “coal” burning fireplace in a magazine and we decided it would be perfect for our bedroom.
 It was small and I decided to enhance it’s presence with an arched surround. 
And, I knew it was the perfect place for my broken china mosaic!
 Somewhere on a FLOPPY DISC (hahaha..remember those?) 
there is a before picture…but I have no idea where THAT is so all you’ll get is after.

 Here it is:

I love blue and white china and wanted to use it heavily. The hearth is just blue and white bits interspersed with square white tile.

 I also created a bow on either side using the blue and white. 
Here’s a closeup of that part.

Ever since I did that fireplace, I have wanted to do the same treatment again. 
I just never saw a place in the house where I felt it would work. 
When I started my business last year, I realized that it would look wonderful on top of a chest or table so I kept my eye out for the right piece. 
Several months ago I found the perfect chest.  
Then I began the hunt for enough china. 
Finally, I have finished the chest and it’s ready for sale!
 I think it would be so sweet in a little girl’s room, don’t you?

 Pretty isn’t it?
Come back on Wednesday for a full tutorial.
Babysitting services needed this morning
then a hair trim
then two appointments for kids
so I had to push it off until then!

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  1. Well shut my mouth! Love them both, but that fireplace surround wooohooo. Just another talent you have. If someone wants the bench I have a matching thermometer. I was going to post it when I do my outside stuff. It’s my fav piece, more in line with your bench. I think we could have “smashing” fun together.


  2. I love the chest! I have great memories of us doing that fireplace together! It was fun watching it come together! You always have the most wonderful ideas! I attribute my creativity to you and dad!

  3. WOW!!!!! Your fireplace is amazing! And the chest…..I am speechless and a little in awe! You truly have accomplished your “impossible.”
    Thanks for participating in our party!

  4. wow you did an amazing job..on both…but I am especially impressed with your bows on your fireplace! …WOW.
    Great Rabbit Hole too!

  5. Wow you did such detail on that! Amazing artistry.

  6. Gosh! That is wonderful. How talented you are. I love the chest, and the fireplace too. What a fabulously creative person you are. Congratulations.

  7. Yes – It is Gorgeous!!! I love mosaic, and yours came out great, I love how you worked in a bow design! So lovely!!

    Thank you so much for joining the challenge!

  8. I’m in awe. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. That fireplace surround is breathtaking and the chest is fantastic, too.

  9. I just love your mosaic chest and that fireplace is incredible. I love the blue and white ribbon you created in it.
    Congratulations on achieving the impossible – I’m going to follow you on the way out !

  10. This is amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing your “impossibility”! I can’t wait to check back Wed <3 from your newest follower and fellow {brand-new} blogger! Check out my "impossibility" and follow back!


  11. WOW! that looks amazing! I will definitely be back! I have always wanted to learn how to do that! Traci

  12. That is so amazing!! I took a mosaic class long ago and made a planter (which sadly pales in comparison)! So glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge!

  13. Forgot to mention that I’m following you!!

  14. This is really, really beautiful! I do a lot of glass mosaics, I have never been a big fan of the broken tiles mosaics, but this is exceptional! Great Job!

  15. So beautiful…I love it. You are a champ. I’m following you now, so stop by and visit anytime, Lori

  16. This is so beautiful. Very very talented. Thank you ever so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  17. I feel this is one of the so much vital information for me. And i am happy studying your article. However should observation on some general issues, The web site taste is ideal, the articles is actually great : D. Excellent activity, cheers.
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  18. Hello, I want to mosaic my fireplace surround but am worried that the fact that it is close to the wood burner, which we use all winter, may be an issue. Could you advise, please?
    Thank you Tilly.

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