How to: Geometric Coffee Table

Geometric Coffee Table

If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while then you’ll know this isn’t the first coffee table we’ve upcycled in the last 2 years (Check out the first one we did here)! Our old coffee table was very heavy though, and very blue… which worked well in our old home but didn’t really suit the style of our new house.

A while ago I saw some amazing tiles in a magazine, and was desperate to do something with them! When I realised we’d need a new table it was like a bolt of lightning and a new project was born.

This project wasn’t super cheap, but still saved us money compared to the price of purchasing a new table. We used the following:

    Second hand cane table (purchased from eBay)
    Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White (already had)
    Box of geometric tiles (purchased 3/4 of a box from eBay, but you can purchase the full box here)
    Tile Cutter
    Glue Gun
    Tile Spacers

This is what the table looked like right at the beginning:

Cane Coffee Table

To begin with we sanded the table very lightly as there were a small amount of rough edges – we wouldn’t normally do this. We then gave the table a wipe down and coated the table with 2 coats of Annie Sloan, before going over some of the more visible bits for a third time.

Coffee table Chalk Paint
Once all of the paint was dry I arranged the tiles into a pattern that worked, as there were 5 different styles in the box and I preferred some over others.

Tiled coffee table
Using a glue gun and tile spacers we then adhered the first 4 rows before cutting the final row with a tile cutter (much to Simons delight as his water tile cutter wasn’t at home) and then glued those on to. We left the tiles over night, although they were fixed pretty much straight away, and then grouted around the outside edge so that we had a nice neat finish.

We are absolutely thrilled with how the table turned out! I really love the subtle geometric pattern on the tiles. What do you think? Aren’t the tiles amazing?

Finished Close Up
Table close up
Coffee table finished


  1. May 31, 2015 / 4:11 am

    Wow, what a makeover! Love the tiles. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! See you next Friday. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

    • Sammi
      June 29, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Aww thanks Lorelai, the tiles are great aren’t they 🙂

  2. Diane
    July 19, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I love the tile do you know if its still available somewhere or the name of it??

    • Sammi
      July 21, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I’m not sure what the tile is called as I brought mine off eBay, however they’re from Topps Tiles and they definitely still sell them.

  3. Melanie Bugg
    September 4, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love your table and am planning to do something similar,can I ask why you only grout around the outer of the tiles and not over the whole lot to fill in the gaps?. I’m tiling over a wooden coffee table.

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