Thursday, July 14, 2011

Master Makeover - Furniture Quick Fix

As you may recall from this post, I had quite the list of projects for my Master Makeover. 

  • Make and hang new curtains.
  • Paint all of the doors and trim bright white. 
  • Replace the bedding and make some nice decorative pillows for the bed.
  • Put a bed skirt on the bed.
  • Bring in the reupholstered wing back chair.
  • Re-frame and hang a collection of inherited Japanese woodblock prints.
  • Paint and hang an antique mirror.
  • Add a pop of color to the bedside tables.
  • Replace the ceiling fan with a white low profile fan.

With the exception of painting the trim (which I started last weekend) all of the big projects are behind me. The rest should not be too labor intensive. Today  I am excited to share a very easy project that, I think, makes a big impact. 

I had two dark wood bedside tables in the room that I wanted to keep:

before
Sorry for the poor quality of the picture. The table on the left is a hand-me-down from my Mom that I've had for years. As you can see, the top is in pretty poor condition. I thought about painting it, but I like the dark wood. The table on the right is about a year old and was purchased at World Market. To hide the damage on the top of the table on the left I decided to cover the damage with fabric and top it off with a piece of glass. Since my husband has some sort of aversion to using coasters, I decided to do the same with the table on the right to keep it from ending up equally damaged. 

I made a trip to my local Home Depot, with measurements in hand, only to discover that they do not cut glass at my Home Depot. They do sell sheets of glass and glass cutting tools, and the clerk assured me that the glass would be very easy to cut. When I got home, I re-measured my table tops and set up a glass cutting workshop on my deck.  To cut the glass, first you mark the cut with a grease pencil. Next, dip the cutting tool in oil and, using a straight edge as a guide (I used a metal yard stick), drag it along the grease pencil line to score the glass. Make sure you follow the instructions on the package if you are using the cutting tool for the first time - it may need to be primed on a scrap piece of glass.  Lastly, place the scored line on a straight table, counter or similar type edge and gently break it along the scored line. The last step is a little scary. I totally expected the glass to shatter, but it didn't. It did exactly what it was supposed to do. Three cuts later and I had two glass table toppers. 

To make the fabric toppers, I simply added 2 inches to the width and length measurement for each table top then ironed a 1 inch crease around all four sides of the fabric. No sewing needed! I topped of the tables with the fabric and glass and called it a day. In total (not including the trip to HD) the project only took about an hour start to finish. 

After


What do you think? Have you had any adventures in glass cutting?  

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