Turn a Glass Top Table Into a Wood Top Like Magic!

3 Materials
4 Hours

Am I a magician?? Maybe. I have posted how I transformed a wood box into mimicking galvanized metal. Now watch how I transform a glass table top into wood before your very eyes!


Here it is...its not much to look at. It sits on my back patio usually covered with a decorative table cloth to hide its 90s rippled glass and 80's metal legs.

It was given to us and I didn't care to have it but since it was free my husband jumped all over it. It serves its purpose and has hosted some dinners for us over the past few years.

Retique It

This product, Retique It, came in the mail as a gift from Hometalk. I was intrigued that it claimed to turn any surface into wood, well mimic wood. It could be used over almost any surface. This was my chance to try it out on something I wasn't fond of anyway and wouldn't be devastated if it didn't turn out how I thought.

Here we go...watch this magic trick closely!

Chalk Paint

Retique It rattled off a bunch of surfaces this could be used on but glass was not one of them. It did, however, say it could go over any painted surface. To the rescue came my favorite chalk paint because I know Chalky Chicks Furniture Paint can go on any surface. I got out my jar of Powered Snow and started painting the top and touching up the white metal legs.

It is not a pretty paint job but it did the trick to have something for the Retique it to adhere to.

Retique It applied

Over top of the chalky chicks paint I applied the Retique It. It was muddy brown with a slight pink tint. Now I thought this was the finished product but you apply the Retique It and then you are able to stain any color you want over top of this coat of Retique It because it uses real wood in the product. Interesting, right?

Wood Stain

I had two colors of stain in storage so I went with the lighter of the two and used Special Walnut. You have to let the Retique It dry for at least two hours before apply the stain.

Here is how the stain went on. I just used a paint brush and painted in long smooth strokes with the direction I applied the Retique It.

Voila! A "Wood Top" table from glass. It gives a new meaning to the term "Stained Glass" because that is essentially what I did but just in a different way.

Before and After

Pretty cool, huh? With different products you can manipulate different finishes.


Like I mentioned above, I was able to transform wood into galvanized metal and now glass into wood - what is my next magic trick??? You will have to just follow along and find out.

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  • Dun38444847 Dun38444847 on Jul 15, 2021

    The directions say that it should not be used on anything that will be in the direct sun. Has your table been in the sun, and if so how has it fared? What did you use to seal it?

  • LaVonne LaVonne on Jul 16, 2021

    Can you do this to kitchen countertops?

  • Del Thompson Guymon Del Thompson Guymon on Jul 19, 2021

    Just wondering how it will wear outdoors, or if it needs to be in an enclosed patio/sunroom area?


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  • Tina Tina on Jul 15, 2021

    I'm all in . . . I will not be able to get the supplies quick enough. I was concerned about how it would wear out in the elements, but I saw a post about using VERSA -BOND. Once I research this product, I have my weekend planned. Thanks so much!

  • Kay Kay on Jul 22, 2021

    The wind blew my glass topped table over & broke the glass into little pieces. Could use ideas on putting a new top on my frame.