Golden vintage bowl upcycle

An easy and beautiful upcyle project.


A while back, I decided it was time to give the bedroom a small makeover. I went for somewhat of a sea/holiday vibe. Part of the makeover was creating this mosaic bowl out of a vintage tea set.

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  • An object to decorate
  • A vintage tea set or any other kind of porcelain you’re not using anymore (broken plates…)
  • Strong glue
  • Mosaic grout (white)

This particular bowl came from Ikea and was plain on the outside.

The time has now come for me to confess that I smashed a vintage tea set to pieces. You’ll need to do the same if you want to decorate your object :).  However, this tea set was bought from an online second-hand shop, and I feel like I gave this tea set a new life and purpose.

 Also, it feels pretty good to smash up porcelain.


So how did I proceed? I put a few cups and dishes in a fabric bag and I took a hammer. I would advise you to also use a fabric bag, because plastic bags will get pierced by the fragments of porcelain and you could hurt yourself.

Seal the fabric bag and start hammering. Check every once in a while that the pieces of porcelain are shaping into the right size for your project. Once you’re done, be careful when you remove all of the broken pieces. Collect them into a container and throw away all of the dust and unusable pieces.

Start adding the pieces of porcelain onto the bowl with strong glue. I used a strong, transparent glue by Bison. A good tip is to fit the pieces next to each other according to their shape: if you have a triangle, fit it into a triangle space. If you have a bit of porcelain with a rounded edge, fit it into a rounded gap.

Next, I let the glue dry for 24 hours, after which I applied white mosaic grout. I just followed the instructions on the box for preparing the grout. Once I applied the mixture, and let it dry, I made sure to give it a good clean, as the different pieces of mosaic tend to disappear beneath the grout.

And Tadaah! Ikea hack. And i got to UPCYLCE a vintage tea set!


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