I have this turquoise table that I bought for $5.00 at the local thrift store. I refinished it in a previous post, and it sits in my family room. I like it, but I kept thinking that it needed a little something. My brothers both have etched glass in the past, and I loved how their projects turned out, so I decided to try it.
Step 1: Find a pattern that you like. This pattern came from a tablecloth from Target. The pattern must be something that you can cut out. Sidenote…think how awesome this pattern would be using the stencil technique in THIS post.
Step 2: Once you have your pattern picked out, you need to get contact paper (NOT wax paper…I used wax paper and it didn’t work very well) and lay contact paper on the top of the pattern.
Step 3: Trace the pattern onto the contact paper.
This is what it will look like after the tracing is complete.
Step 4: Lay it on your glass to make sure that it fits the glass.
Step 5: Turn the contact paper over and cover the pattern with painter’s tape. I used the kind that prevents bleeding…I can’t remember the brand I have but another brand that is similar is called Frog tape. It is worth it in my opinion to get the no bleeding kind of tape.
This is what it looks like on the other side.
Step 6: Carefully, cut out the pattern.
Step 7: This is the tricky part. If you are using contact paper (not wax paper) it will be much easier for you than it was for me to peel the paper off the stencil. The wax paper kept sticking and it was super hard to get it off. But, I’ve heard from friends that contact paper is much easier.
Step 8: Buy an etching cream. I found mine at Michaels (I heard Wal-Mart also has it) and brush a heavy coat of cream over the portion of glass you would like to etch. Follow the directions on your bottle. We removed the glass out of the end table to make it easier.
Step 9. Wait for about 5 minutes…and voila a subtle addition of character for any glass!
I had to move the table into the light so you could see it better.
I love the end result! Think of the possibilities!!! What a cheap way to add character…and I have a ton of etching cream left. I have also heard that you can buy a spray etching solution, but I had already bought the cream, so I decided to use what I already had.
UPDATE: After receiving some comments about an easier way, I decided to do a little research. There is a much easier way to make a stencil for etching using ONLY contact paper. You live and you learn right!?!? Sometimes I do things the hard way! Ha ha. Check out a simple tutorial HERE.