When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life smashes your favorite ceramic coffee mug, you create a one-of-a-kind mosaic masterpiece. There is no such thing as waste. Waste is for people without imaginations.
Waste is for people without an imagination
Remember the comic Mitch Hedberg? He had a famous bit claiming that “escalators can never break, they can only become stairs!” All joking aside, that’s pretty much the attitude that created Revampt. Nothing can break; it simply becomes repurposed. What was once a street sign is now a chair. What was once an old barn is now an armoire in your bedroom, a coffee table, or a couple of barstools.
Custom design and create repurposed pieces
We encourage everyone to look at old, worn, broken materials like broken china and think of how you can repurpose them into something useful. Accidents happen, especially if you have kids or like to throw wild parties. Instead of discarding the broken vase, teapot, mug, plate, etc., gather up each piece and make a mosaic memory map of all the good times you had that resulted in broken china. All you need is a solid surface, some adhesive, grout, and a little imagination.
Making a mosaic from broken china
The great thing about art is that you can’t go wrong. Making a mosaic is like putting together a puzzle, but instead of each piece only fitting into one particular spot, mosaic puzzle pieces can go anywhere you want. There are no rules, so go ahead a play around a little before you glue down your pieces. Move them around and see whatever tickles your fancy.
Once you’ve settled on your final placement for each shard of ceramic or glass, use your adhesive to glue each piece in place. Don’t go overboard, and be sure to add at least an eighth of an inch of space between each piece, leaving space for the grout.
Once your adhesive has dried (check the instructions on the adhesive you are using), it’s time to start grouting your mosaic. Just pick your color, mix up the batter, put on a pair of gloves, and smother your piece in grout, making sure it gets deep into every crevice. When you’ve applied a generous amount of grout, take a soft cloth and wipe off all the excess grout, cleaning the mosaic pieces as much as you can.
Voila! Now you have a one of a kind piece of art that not only looks good, but it will feel good thinking of all the “trash” that just got repurposed into treasure.
Unique recycled gifts and furniture in Denver
For incredible handcrafted, unique, and repurposed furniture and gifts, stop by Revampt. Talk to us about your design idea and we can help you realize your vision, as well as realizing our vision of letting nothing go to waste.