Please - Need suggestions for plywood table edge.
I am usually at the Home Decor Forum here at GW but when I learned there was a mosaic forum I figured it best to come here to the pros to get some advice.
I had been looking for 2 years for an affordable pub-style table to fit between two bar-height stools I had found at a yard sale (I don't buy new if I can help it preferring to reuse and re-purpose).
I had recovered the seats to the stools and there they've sat for over 2 years without a table high enough to put between them.....the stools being taller than the normal bar-height stools.
Last week, in the middle of the night I jolted awake with what I thought was a pretty brilliant idea and now I'm stuck.
I took my Grandmother's Floor lamp that I had in storage, waiting for that perfect lamp shade that didn't cost me my first-born son, and cut off the socket and harp section.
What was left was the perfect, heavy, brass base for a pub table.
A $2 flange to secure some left-over thick plywood, cut round, thanks to my hubby and plenty of broken plates and I've got the beginnings of a terrific pub-style table, right?
Wrong...... I'm already stumped and I haven't even started!
I'm not a total beginner to mosaic.
I've added broken china, jewelry, flat-back marbles to terracotta pots, a hose post, clear glass plates etc.
In fact, I've been laying my own tile in our bathrooms, entryway and kitchen for years so I'm familiar with grouting, haze, adhesives, etc.
But this little plywood tabletop has me stumped!
With all the other things I've ever added mosaic to, I've always had an edge, a lip, a baseboard.....something for the stones and tiles to go up against.
What in the world do I add to the side edge of this little pub table?
I know whatever it is, it has to be a bit taller than the top edge to accommodate the tiles and thin-set but for the life of me I can't think of a thing.
I thought about putting the mosaic on the edge but cutting almost perfect rectangle pieces to go around the edge of the plywood....ugh...... and actually, I'd rather have a bit of contrast with a different medium (for lack of a better word) along the edge.
I thought of water heater strapping and hubby said it would look ugly with the holes....anyone would be able to tell it was strapping.
I do a lot of decorative painting/faux finishes so I thought if I painted the strapping to look like ORB or brass like the table, no problemo, right?
Guess not. *sigh*
Hubby finally talked me out of the strapping but now I'm stuck.
Even if it's not the 'norm' for using along the edge of a mosaic table top, Any ideas, any suggestions would be welcome and so appreciated!
Thank you so much for reading.