To The Landfill OR NOT!

4 Materials
4 Hours

Someone gave me this sad table 2 summers ago and it has sat in all the elements in the garden since then. So many times I was tempted to throw it into the back of the car and take it to transfer station. Can you blame me?
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THEN! I found this fabric on sale and an idea began to form. I love using fabric under glass and this little baby was getting a face lift.
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I liberally applied Maison Blanche Clear Primer to the underneath of the glass (after giving it a serious clean) Place the fabric onto the primer right side facing down into the medium. Smooth out from the middle to make sure it was flat, I then applied a liberal amount of primer to the fabric on the back. Making sure I also covered a good half an inch overhang
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Leave it all to dry thoroughly overnight. The fabric overhang will be stiff to the touch now
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Using a sharp blade simply run the blade along the edge of the glass and through the fabric making a clean cut
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You see what a nice clean edge it makes? The fabric is now firmly in place underneath the glass
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I cleaned up the table with a wire brush removing all the old flaking paint
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I chose Maison Blanche Paint in 'Tourmaline' as the main colour for the frame, I also picked up some details in 'Sugar Cane'. I gave the whole frame a good coat of varnish too.
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And here she is now, all pretty and ready to serve tea!
This table lives to see another summer.
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Julie McDowell - Design Artist

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3 questions
  • Toni
    on Jun 4, 2018

    what a nice transformation!! It looked like the glass was broken, how did you accommodate that? Love the colors you chose!

  • Linda Sikut
    on Jun 4, 2018

    Julie, I love this idea. My problem is that I can't figure out if you put the fabric underneath or on top of the glass. Your wording says surface so I'm not quite sure. I think this would be a great idea for a glass table I have. Can you help me understand, please?

  • Becky Boughton Smith
    on Jun 11, 2018

    I have a topaz colored glass top (ovular) , could you do this to the top and then apply the clear primer or a clear varnish?

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