How to etch glass…it’s so simple (and quick too!) Plus adds so much to your project. Hope you give it a try!
Hello beautiful friends!
Today I’m sharing one more from my most recent haul which means I only have ONE more left to share (that scroll-y mirror) before I get to the table and chairs. Yippee!
I hope to work on that this week. BUT I also need to get painting in our master bedroom so we can wrap that project up. Did you see my Instagram stories this weekend? I shared a little snippet of our progress on my husband’s built-in.
So this week not only am I sharing what I did to the little mirrored box I’m also sharing how I etched the glass.
How To Etch Glass (so simple and so fun!)
Here is how it started…
Y’all know I’m a sucker for boxes like this. I have done a bunch here on the blog.
Here are a few:
This little box was in such great shape that I didn’t really have to do a thing with it.
This inside was perfect…
And the outside wood was perfect too.
I considered painting it and staining it a darker color…but I sort of like the weathered look of the wood as-is so I decided to just use a little white wax on it instead.
I love how it gave it a similar look to the bleached wood desk I did recently.
If you missed that, you can see it, here.
Here are the products I used for this makeover.
I wanted to snazz up the glass so I created these two graphics and cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo to make a “stencil”.
(want to know how to import your own designs into your Silhouette? Check out this post/video, here)
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Once the design was cut out on my Silhouette, I pulled the letters out to create a stencil.
Then I attached them to the mirrors using transfer tape. (all linked above in the gray box)
Pressing down to make sure there are no gaps or air bubbles around the letter edges.
Then I applied the glass etch cream with a small artist’s paint brush.
You want to make sure you apply enough over the glass area. It shouldn’t be thin or see-through.
Make it thick enough that you cannot see through it.
I let it sit for 5 minutes and then wiped it away carefully with a paper towel.
Once I was sure I had most of it removed, I used a damp paper towel to remove as much as I could before removing the vinyl stencil.
Then I removed the stencil and wiped again…done!
If you are using a regular stencil, I would recommend spraying the back with a repositionable adhesive. You don’t want any gaps and really want the stencil edges to be nice and crisp.
For the white wax, I simply wiped it on all over the wood and metal clasp, letting it settle into the crevices and such.
I love the look the white wax gave it.
After that sat for a day, I gently buffed it with a soft cloth and this one was done!
OH! Except for these little glass feet.
I actually only have it sitting on the feet. (knobs) Sadly, I only had 3 matching so didn’t want to attach them until I had all four.
And I think this one might be my next giveaway. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve done one (well, May but it’s been a bit longer since I’ve given away one of my makeovers here on the blog).
Look for it next week…I think that is when I will host the giveaway. :) (I might wait to see who wins because maybe they might like it better without the “feet”!)
I actually have several things I’ve done on the blog recently that I want to give away here. I might do an Instagram only giveaway too, just for fun. Be sure to follow along with me over there so you won’t miss it! ;)
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If you missed any of the thrifty haul #3 makeovers, you can see them here:
- Bleached Wood Desk Makeover
- Painted Ceramic Vase Makeover
- Navy Blue Coffee Table Makeover
- Thrifted Basket Makeover Ideas
- Etched Glass Whitewashed Box (you are here!)
- Oak Table & Chairs (coming soon!)
Oh, and take a look through the last couple of months of crafty makeovers and tell me which ones you’d like to see me giveaway! >>> here
I’ll be back on Thursday with the mirror!
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