Warning: Moroccan outdoor inset-stone tables & chairs !

Have you seen those sets of outdoor tables and chairs in Moroccan style, made of metal but with a mosaic of stonework on the table-top as well as in the seats and backs of the chairs?
The attractive mosaic looks as if it has been made by stones being inset in a tray of some kind of plaster.
We bought such a table, with two chairs, for 80, though we have seen the same kind of set on offer elsewhere for up to 130.
We feared that the plaster (possibly simply pollyfilla) between the stones might crack in the frost, but the set looks good sitting outside from our upstairs windows and we decided to risk it and see how the plaster it would cope with the winter. We decided we didn't mind if the black metal-work turns rusty and rustic!
But after just one frost we have observed that the tables and chairs do not consist of stones or marble pieces inset in plasterwork at all! No, in fact they consist of very thin shavings of some kind of very brittle shellac-like material which have simply been laid UPON a bed of plaster! Just one frost has caused these brittle shavings to crack and fragment, revealing their thinness and the bed of plaster immediately beneath them!
So these tables and chairs present fake mosaic-work.
But how does the punter tell the difference before buying? Well, I guess you could take a hammer into the store with you and hit the table-top and see if the shavings all jump off or at least fragment!
Anyway, moving on in a positive frame of mind.
Come the summer we expect all these shavings will have lifted and we will be left with just the beds of three-quarter-inch pink plaster. Other than several coats of exterior gloss paint, can anyone think of some clever ways to make good rather than dump the set at the tip?
Thanks.
Eddy.
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wrote:

engage grandchildren in replacement real mosaic "make n do"?
JimK
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JimK wrote:

Good idea, Jim, but expect to move resultant "make n do" repair to back of house and out of sight? :-)
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