Add character to glass furniture, the easy way!

Jun 7th, 2011

I have posted about this table before, but like any project in my home, I tend to change things over time.

When I originally bought this bad boy, it was $5.00, yes FIVE dollars. :) I loved all the nooks and crannies for glaze.

After she sat in my garage for a month, the transformation began! All she needed was a little love ? (and spray paint!).  I sprayed it with Kilz….

And then sprayed it with Krylon Ocean Breeze…

The furniture began to transform into something a lot more fun!

With a little love and glaze…it was finally getting as saweeeeet as I knew it could be. In fact, check out my glazing videos here.

When I originally bought the table, I etched the glass using a completely different technique. But, ya live and ya learn, right? This technique is MUCH much easier.

So here is what we did:

Step 1: I had the great peeps over at Jones’ Paint and Glass cut me a new piece of glass to fit the furniture. (It only cost $11.00).  Give them the EXACT dimensions. Don’t round up (even if it is only 1/8 of an inch). I learned this the HARD WAY!

Step 2: We cut some vinyl using an amazing Silhouette Machine.

Step 3: We laid the new piece of glass over the vinyl and traced around the glass with a marker. We did this to make it easier to evenly place the vinyl onto the glass. 

Step 4: With the help of someone else (don’t try this alone) I learned that the HARD WAY too, place the vinyl evenly across your glass.

Step 5: Etch your glass. I suggest to use Rustoleum’s frosted glass spray. It is AMAZING and easy. You spray it on and wait for it to dry.

Step 6: Remove the vinyl carefully.

Step 7: Place the glass back into the furniture with the etching side DOWN. If you face the etching side down, then you will have a perfectly smooth surface on the top.

It turns the $5.00 table into something with character!


Etching glass on your furniture gives such a fun creative outlet to refinishing furniture. Think of the possibilities!

It gives a subtle charm to any piece to customize your space and make your home unique! If you know me, you know I LOVE unique items!

Hopefully this post has proven that if you see some furniture at a thrift store or at a yard sale that is missing the glass, or if it is broken, then you still have hope! Buying a new piece of glass and etching it is super-duper FUN and thrifty!

Comments

  1. I have a project using etched glass that I've been wanting to do for a while, but I've been cautious because of not being sure how crisp the lines would be after using a spraypaint etch. Looks like you had no problems at all and your looks AMAZING! so I'm encouraged to try mine!

  2. dang, this turned out awesome! I pinned it, I liked it so much!

  3. Wow! Incredible idea! I am in love with this table– very good job. http://www.inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

  4. So cute!!! I have a coffee table ready to work on, I'm totally going to try that. It's going to be in our new Family "Game" room, I might try some game type vinyl, like possibly a checkerboard, thanks for the GREAT idea!

  5. i have a question about the glazing. i totally get the technique, im more concerned about the color. My idea is to spray a chest of drawers black and glaze (somehow) with a metallic silver. Do they even make glaze tine in silver> How would you suggest going about this?

    Any suggestions are apprciated :)

  6. Wow, that's amazing! Love the etching on the glass. All these projects are making me realize that even if something I see in a store or a garage sale isn't what I want . . . no matter! I can make it what I want!

  7. Love it! Just like all your stuff!!! :0)

  8. What a great idea! I've used frosted spray paint before but never thought of using it for etching. Looks amazing! Also, can we start calling you the glazing goddess? ;)

    repurposedlifedesigns.blogspot.com

  9. Really great table. I always enjoy your blog, thanks for all the inspiration and ideas.

  10. Turquoise and a geometric pattern…two of my favorite things! Love it.

  11. I LOVE that! Your blog makes me want to go yard sale-ing to find some treasures to fix up!

  12. you made that a truly unique piece! really cool! i just never seem to see the cool tables or dressers!

  13. It looks amazing! Love it!

  14. This is so awesome! And, I love your living room.

  15. Love the geometric pattern. Was it one of yours or a Silhouette graphic? I would love to try this on a wall as an outer frame. Your blog has been such a terrific source for inspiration. I have done you're leaf wall tape stencil, the glazing technique, and a quartre foil pattern. When I get them blogged I will link back here.

    Thanks so much!

  16. Wow,,,,How creative,It really stunts..
    perfect for my condo here in Chicago Rentals .

  17. your amazing. I just can't see the finished thing so I pass up stuff and then i see how great you can make something i think is yuk.

  18. Great table! You made the etched glass seem so easy. Now I'm inspired to try this!

  19. I love the etched glass look on that table! What a unique idea. Too bad I don't have any glass furniture that can get etched ;)

  20. this is so gorgeous! i love that etching detail, it makes it look so fun!

  21. Love this idea, especially as I just brought some glass frosting spray!

    http://thepasturetimes.blogspot.com/

  22. OMG I am in love!!! I've been looking for a glass etching craft but all I've come up with are jars are dispensers for the kitchen! You did so great!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Merideth
    http://creativesouthernbelle.blogspot.com

  23. Absolutely fabulous….

  24. What a great idea!!! You did great! Would you happen to know the design ID for the pattern you used? Thanks!

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