How to etch glass … it’s so easy (and quick too!) Plus adds so much to your project. I hope you give it a try!
Hello lovely friends!
Today I share one of my last train, which means that I only have to share ONE (this rolling mirror) before I get to the table and chairs. Hooray!
I hope I can work on it this week. BUT I also have to paint in our master bedroom so we can complete the project. Did you see mine Instagram Stories this weekend? I shared a small snippet of our progress in installing my husband.
This week I not only share what I did with the small mirror box, but also how I etched the glass.
How to Etch Glass (So Simple and So Funny!)
That’s how it started …
You know I’m a fool for boxes like that. I’ve made a few here on the blog.
Here are a few:
This little box was in such good shape that I didn’t really have to do anything with it.
The inside was perfect …
And the outside wood was also perfect.
I thought about painting it and staining it darker … but I like the weathered look of the wood as it is, so I decided to just use a little white wax on it instead.
I think it’s great how it resembled the bleached wood desk I made recently.
If you missed that, you can see it here.
Here are the products that I used for this revision.
I wanted to spice up the glass, so I created these two graphics and cut them out with my silhouette cameo to create a “stencil”.
(Would you like to know how to import your own designs into your silhouette? Check out this post / video here.)
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After the design was cut out on my silhouette, I pulled out the letters to create a stencil.
Then I attached them to the mirrors with transfer tape. (all linked in the gray box above)
Press down to make sure there are no gaps or air bubbles on the letter edges.
Then I applied the glass etching cream with a small artist’s brush.
You want to make sure that you apply enough on the glass surface. It shouldn’t be thin or see-through.
Make it fat enough that you can’t see through it.
I let it sit for 5 minutes and then gently wiped it with a paper towel.
When I was sure that I had removed most of it, I removed as much as possible with a damp paper towel before removing the vinyl stencil.
Then I removed the stencil and wiped it again … done!
If you are using a normal stencil, I would recommend spraying the back with a repositionable adhesive. You don’t want gaps and really want the stencil edges to be nice and sharp.
For the white wax, I simply wiped it over the entire wood and metal fastener and let it settle in the cracks and the like.
I love the look the white wax gave him.
After sitting there for a day, I gently polished it with a soft cloth and this was done!
OH! Except for these little glass feet.
I actually only have it on my feet. (Buttons) Unfortunately I only had 3 matching ones, so I didn’t want to put them on until I had all four.
And I think this could be my next giveaway. It’s been way too long since I made one (well, May, but it’s been a little longer since I gave one of my makeover here on the blog).
Search for it next week … I think I’ll host the giveaway. 🙂 (I could wait and see who wins because they might like it better without the “feet”!)
I’ve been doing some things on the blog lately that I want to reveal here. I could do one Instagram just giveaway too, just for fun. Follow me there so you don’t miss it! 😉
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If you’ve missed any of the frugal # 3 redesigns, you can see them here:
Oh, and take a look at the past few months of the smart makeover and tell me which one you’d like to see me as a giveaway! >>> here
I’ll be back with the mirror on Thursday!