Faux Wood Grain Looks So Cool On a Glass Table

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We made this pretty table in one afternoon using a glass round, acrylic paint and a wood grain tool. I wanted it to look like painted pallet wood and it came out even better than I expected! I got the idea when I googled "paint a glass table top" and saw lots of projects with the underside of the glass spray painted. I figured we could do this and make it look like wood grain pallet boards.
I scrubbed the 36" diameter glass round and the black planter we used for the base with a soap pad. Then I painted the planter with flat black spray paint.
I used acrylic latex paint I had on hand along with the wood grain tool at the bottom right. It is a fun tool and makes this project easier than it looks.

On the BACK side of the glass, I painted each stripe one at a time then used the wood grain tool by drawing it thru the wet paint which I learned to use watching online videos. I varied the colors, the width of the "boards" and the faux wood grain for interest. When I made a mistake I simply wiped it off then repainted the board and grained it with the tool. Seeing the design pop out is almost magical!
We used black spray paint over the painted "boards" for contrast with the colorful design and to make the glass opaque. We FLIPPED the round OVER and secured it to the black planter with three globs of silicone glue. The colorful "boards" are now on the underside and the topside is clear glass and easy to clean. We just LOVE the way this came out and guess what, we had everything on hand so we didn't have to buy a thing. But if we did have to buy everything I estimate the cost would be less than $50.
Not only do the painted boards look great, but the glass on top totally protects the design and makes an easy to clean table for this corner of our deck. I'm calling this project a win win!
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  • Betty Russell
    on Dec 31, 2019

    Oh my gosh, so beautiful!! Great job!

  • Sharon
    on Aug 23, 2020

    This is gorgeous!

    Did you use just the one single tool to get all of the different patterns?

    • Ann
      on Aug 23, 2020

      Yes, by rocking the tool back and forth as you drag it the different patterns will emerge. It's fun!

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