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

All Within the Home
by All Within the Home
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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!

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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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  • Trish Trish on Jul 16, 2022

    Question? How does it stand up to weather? Mine stays outside all year…not a ton of snow but some??

  • Sally Morrison Plodzien Sally Morrison Plodzien on May 16, 2023

    how do you clean it? Glass cleaner?

  • Kathryn Kathryn on May 02, 2024

    I do not like the look of wood. Will paint work?

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  • Judy Zela Judy Zela on Feb 09, 2023

    Love it! Looks beautiful!

  • Lot48136849 Lot48136849 on Apr 30, 2024

    I would try and replace the legs to either black metal round cylindar type or just regular table legs. The top is quite attractive and a brilliant idea.