One of a kind garden window seat
Truly a gorgeous mosaic, Susan Bax used her flower garden outside the window as a reference, and as an inspiration for her tiled and stained glass window seat. This idea of Susan’s will make you want to knock out a wall and put in a window seat!
Susan Bax lives in northern Wisconsin, and wanted to preserve her perennial garden for the long winter months ahead. She says, “Soooo, I covered this window seat out of mosaic glass and broken china dishes. I grouted the window seat, and just have to seal it.” It surely does look like a reflection of the flowers outside.
Susan says, “It took me two weeks to complete this project – working at it sporadically. To begin, you will need some old dishes; sheets of colored glass to cut up with a mosaic glass tile nipper; some pre-cut mosaic glass tiles are handy and I used these mainly for the background.”
A reflection of the garden outdoors
“It is like doing a jigsaw puzzle, but you get to choose the picture and change it as you go. I did not draw a sketch on the window seat as I made it because the flowers were right outside my window.”
“I used a glass nipper to cut china dishes and sheets of mosaic glass into appropriate shapes. I used some pre-cut 1/2 inch tiles that I ordered from a mosaic glass company online for the background of earth, greenery and sky.”
“I used Aileene’s Tacky Glue to glue the individual pieces down. I cut the pieces as I worked – to fit the ‘picture.’ When I had the tiles all glued down, I waited for a few days to be sure the glue was completely dry. Then I mixed up powdered glass tile grout in almond color and spread it into all the crevices. I didn’t use gloves, but I should have because the grout dries your hands out and the sharp edges of some of the glass pieces may cut your hands.”
“After the grout dries for a few days, spray the surface with grout sealer. I may put an epoxy finish over the entire surface, but I’m not sure about that yet. This window is 11 feet by about one and a half feet at its widest point.”
“Here are close-ups of one section of the window seat.
I did a mosaic mural of birch trees in a downstairs bathroom; a small bedside table; and a table for the garden. These are all the projects that I have done in mosaic until now. I plan to do a woodland scene – mostly birch and oak trees between and above my kitchen cupboards next.”
To us, Susan’s project is brilliant,…like a reflection of the garden outdoors. What do you think?