I am NOT a gifted tile artist. I can paint and draw just about anything, but tiling isn’t my forte. However, a few years ago I got a bee in my bonnet to make a collaged tile project. When a friend of mine was going to throw out a very cool butler’s coffee table, I grabbed it from the trash and brought it home with the intent of creating something out of it. It had a perfect tray top and it was just the right size for our family room.
For years I had been collecting my favorite tiles, and pieces of things that I knew I wanted to tile, and they were screaming to be made into something of prominence for our home. I set out one weekend and started the project and about four weeks later I finally finished our tiled coffee table. This piece of furniture, with all its cracks and many, MANY flaws, is definitely one of my favorite treasures in my house. It is a terrific conversation starter for people who come to visit for the first time. Four of the tiles are the hand and foot prints of my boys when they were babies, along with two hand painted tiles they made when they were about 5 and 2. There’s a tile my husband and I got on our honeymoon on Catalina Island, and I included pieces of a broken china plate my dog knocked over the first week we had him.There’s a hot wheels car that looks like the “Mach 5”, and a toy YF-22 fighter plane that my boys were obsessed with one year. I also have baby spoons given to the boys by our friends, a few random buttons, shells from our first family trip to Hawaii, and beads from a bracelet I made for Davis. The table is bumpy, poorly grouted, and utterly impractical, but I love it and every time I look at it ~ I smile. :0)