One of my old clients, Sheila, emailed me with a photo of this coffee table she had purchased off Craigslist for her mom’s home a while back. I saw it in person the last time I was visiting. The tortoise shell bamboo is really cool, but the glass panes are really bad (a completely unfortunate bird scene).
Sheila wanted advice about what to do to replace the bird scenes. I think just regular old mirror would be bright and pretty. Antiqued mirror or leafed glass would be nice also.
Another option is painting new glass panes a pretty color. Recently I saw this really (REALLY) expensive but incredibly beautiful credenza at John Rosselli at the D&D. It’s a brass frame with reverse painted glass panes (the aqua parts) by Lona Design.
The technique would work on paned cabinet doors, glass shelving and any glass topped tables. Which, lucky for us, Craigslist and thrift stores are absolutely chock full of!
11 thoughts on “Dear Jenny: What would you do with this coffee table?”
Funny, I would do pretty much the same thing…I was thinking painted back glass….
There is a new vanity at waterworks like this with glass that looks so sleek.
Wow what a great idea! There are just so many possibilities using this technique.Love reading your posts because I always come away with such great ideas and tips!
Great DIY tips – that Lona glass is so expensive (I saw it at John Rosselli/Salibello? in the D&D). I'm glad to know that you can paint glass yourself instead! Thanks for sharing :)
I was going to suggest mirror too. Either way, I hope she shares after pictures! Um, and I had no idea Lowes cut glass!
This couldn't have come at a better time, Jenny!
Thank you for sharing.
Such a great idea! I love the bamboo too!
love the bones of that piece! Would it be possible to take the top off and replace it with clear glass? Maybe a subtle pattern on the bottom shelf.
How am I ever going to choose just one? I love all of these ideas! :)
I love that table!
No, no, no, no…Do NOT use glass that you can get cut at Lowe's as a table top…it MUST be tempered glass. AND tempered glass cannot be cut. The difference between regular glass and tempered glass is that regular glass breaks into VERY large, VERY dangerous shards while tempered glass breaked into little pieces that are less likely to cause injury. And for a better idea of how to back paint glass, check this out http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/01/back-painted-glass-backsplash.html
This post reminded me of my painted glass desk top, so I posted about it today. I used a foam roller, and my desk is so much nicer now : )