Need ideas for this table center

I purchased this lovely lady, painted her AS Old White, distressed and waxed, then I called the glass company and was quoted $162 for the glass! That is not an option for me, any ideas? Please and thank you!
need ideas for this table center, painted furniture, End Table with no center help
End Table with no center, help!
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  • Carole Carole on Sep 06, 2013
    You can get some plyboard or mdf cut to fit the hole - I can see that it has an edge that the board could fit onto. Then you could turn the table into a little stool or ottoman by adding some foam and or wadding and add some pretty fabric over the top. The fabric needs to wrap around the edges of the board and be stapled firmly in place with a heavy duty staple gun. You would probably need 8mm staples to hold the fabric. Changes the purpose of the piece somewhat but much cheaper than forking out for a piece of glass cut to size! When getting the board cut, ensure it is not such a tight fit that it won't allow for the fabric to wrap around - depends how thick the fabric is. Else it won't fit into the hole in the table top. You could use the board idea and instead of fabric, use decoupage or mosaics, but I think fabric would suit this piece better. Just my opinion.

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 06, 2013
    I like that idea Carole, it's a little tall for a ottoman but a stool would be cute. TY

  • Kathleen63 Kathleen63 on Sep 06, 2013
    MDF to fit then mosaic tile or old glass broken up and grouted. LOVE the table!

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 06, 2013
    Oooh, Kathleen that's a good idea too, I was hoping to have it function as a table, I thought about cutting wood to fit and then using a fabric with fabric mod podge but have never used it like that, has anyone else?

  • Kathleen63 Kathleen63 on Sep 06, 2013
    I haven't had too much luck with mod podge and fabric. You could use old book pages with mod podge! That would look great with the paint!

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    • Kathleen63 Kathleen63 on Sep 07, 2013
      @Kimberly C No actually I used the kind for paper. :( I will try it again! Thanks Kimberly!

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Sep 06, 2013
    @Kimberly C you could attach the wood under the table - would need to be less precise - then do tiling or mosaic in the cavity. Could be very effective, you may need to choose a very contrasting colour for the effect. Do update us with a pic on the finished project.

    • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 07, 2013
      @Gail Salminen I will definitely update when I decide what to do. TY

  • Lori J Lori J on Sep 06, 2013
    Have you called more than one glass company? That sounds like a heckuva lot for a piece that size. Personally, I LOVE Kathleen's suggestion.

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 06, 2013
    I have a similar table that I had mirror cut to fit. It was not very expensive. I agree with Lori J

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 06, 2013
    Whoops posted too soon. I agree with Lori J that price quote seems very high for that size glass. Was t

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 06, 2013
    Whoops posted too soon. I agree with Lori J that price quote seems very high for that size glass. Was t

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 07, 2013
    Kathleen, I have some old encyclopedias I bought on CL, $10 for about 30 of them! that would be an excellent idea!! Lori, I haven't called any other glass companies, I agree that the price seems out of line but since the table is oval we thought maybe that is difficult to do, I will definitely call another company or 2.

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    • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Sep 07, 2013
      @Kimberly C were you having a beveled edge done? That would raise the cost considerably because it has to be polished, a straight edge only needs the be ground I believe..

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 07, 2013
    I saw something on Pinterest I think, anyway it was about making book pages look really old by staining them with coffee and then baking in the oven, I'll have to look that up.

  • Patricia W Patricia W on Sep 07, 2013
    A wooden top would be nice! Im having to find a company to put mirrors into a 3 peice antique mirror frame. Yikes, I hope I can get a deal!

  • Ruth B Ruth B on Sep 07, 2013
    How about plexyglass? It's clear like glass, and you can get sealer for the top to keep it from scratching.

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Sep 07, 2013
    Because I am a mosaic artist and my name is Kathleen I have to agree with @Kathleen63 lol! A mosaic would be lovely in that open table space ;) I tend more towards real mosaic using china shards ( shabby chic ) or something more subtle like all one color stained glass with maybe a border. It's a beautiful table... what ever you do end up doing to it enjoy the process :)

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Sep 07, 2013
    you could also do a MDF top and paint it ~~ but seal it really well.

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Sep 07, 2013
    Like wise :)

  • Julie J Julie J on Sep 07, 2013
    Cut a piece of wood, decopage some old sheet music or book pages and insert!

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 07, 2013
    Yes my table is oval.

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 07, 2013
    And I agree with Kathleen M, a beveled edge definitely increases the cost. I would try another glass cutter.

  • Juls Twombley Juls Twombley on Sep 07, 2013
    cut some MDF to fit into the groove of the table so there is a totally flat surface across buy a bit extra just in case, then take some of those old records we never play any more, and using a roasting pan with boiling water heat the records, pull out with tongs and QUICKLY cut the records on a paper template to fit the table - the records cool very fast if they warp. re dip and put a few heavy books on top to flatten them down before you glue on...

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 07, 2013
    I have attached a picture of my table with the mirror insert we had cut. My mother purchased it from a yard sale and I got it from her about 11 years ago. I love yours and think I am going to paint mine. What do you think?

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 07, 2013
    I don't see a picture?

  • Porta Verde Studio Porta Verde Studio on Sep 07, 2013
    Get a piece of plate glass cut to size and mount it on wood painted the same colour. Likely the reason it was so costly because it was thick tempered glass.

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 07, 2013
    I don't know what happened to the picture, but will try again to attach.

  • Lee R Lee R on Sep 07, 2013
    One more time....

  • Lori J Lori J on Sep 07, 2013
    I purchased thick beveled glass for the top of a sofa table that I use for plants. It measures roughly 4 feet by 18 inches and cost less that $25. There must be a different source for glass.

  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Sep 07, 2013
    Check with a small local hardware store. We have one nearby and they will cut glass and mirrors for a low price. I do like the mosaic idea.

  • Docdana Docdana on Sep 08, 2013
    Love the suggestion to decoupage sheet music or old book pages over wood and insert. I think that will look amazing and in keeping with the character of the piece. Just make sure you use Polycrilic (sp?) to seal so it doesn't yellow. Use at least 3 coats to finish. Good luck!

  • Kimberly C Kimberly C on Sep 08, 2013
    Thank you ladies, excited to get started, bought the mdf yesterday, need to have hubby cut. I'm also trying to purchase another nightstand on an online garage sale sight that has that same shell design, if I can get that I will paint it like the oval one and do the same on top of that and sell them (or use them) as a pair.

  • Julie J Julie J on Sep 08, 2013
    Want to see the finished product too, please!

  • Carol Tomlin Carol Tomlin on Sep 08, 2013
    Depending on how you want to use the table you could find a beautiful bowl to fit, to make a terrarium or small fish tank. I think they saw you coming with that $162 price for glass. Sounds way over priced. Carol

    • Barbara P Barbara P on Jan 01, 2014
      @Carol Tomlin I have an oval table needing a piece of glass , my ex son law bought it but found it too costly, well after setting in my garage for a few years , I asked hubby if I could get the glass for it, YES it did cost 160.00 I love it still have it after 23 years , it is tempered too so no chipping, it is varnishd too looks nice

  • Julie J Julie J on Sep 09, 2013 Check out what this person did, it looks great too!

    • Kathleen63 Kathleen63 on Sep 09, 2013
      @Julie J Awesome re do! I really like the glass rocks on the top. Thank you for sharing the link.

  • Kelly S Kelly S on Jan 01, 2014
    You may be able to purchase a beveled mirror for around $30. Take the length and width measurements when you go shopping. I've seen a lot of the beautiful beveled mirrors in really boring plastic frames but my husband is lucky that I don't have any oval wooden frames.

  • Emily Burchett Emily Burchett on Jan 01, 2014
    I think that burlap glued to an insert and then painted the table color or a few shades different would look great! Would give it the "unexpected" look!

  • Shannon Tipton Shannon Tipton on Jan 02, 2016
    Here is my table that was left out the weather while moving. It had glass on it but also it had that huge dipple below where the glass went. We ripped apart a pallet and screwed it on the top, sawing onto the "shape" needed. Then I lightly sanded the original base to make it blend in with the new top. Good luck & have FUN!

  • Shannon Tipton Shannon Tipton on Jan 08, 2016
    I haven't read the other comments so I apologize in advance if I am repeating any ideas. What about getting some thin ply-wood cut it to the shape of the opening and staple fabric on it and spray a fabric protector on it? Or a tad bit of batting for some "added architecture" with a decorative serving tray with accessories? Good luck and keep us posted !! Would love to see the final outcome. Yes, that glass is Highway robbery.

  • Cindi Cindi on Jan 09, 2016
    I bought a gorgeous side table at an Estate Sale but didn't realize that the glass had been replaced with one of those $10 glass pieces they sell for those little round screw together tables you put tablecloths and toppers on. I kept checking the thrift stores and finally found this raggedy side table with this gorgeous thick beveled glass, perfect fit. It took me awhile, and a lot of checking, but persistence paid off, and the whole thing was only $34. There are also a lot of mirrors, oval, round, etc., that would work. If you need something now, you could cut out a piece of wood to fit, sponge paint colors to go with the white, and sprinkle glitter, the big glitter looks really good, match glitter to colors, then mosaic with crash glass (tempered glass, it breaks into cracked pieces), then grout with white grout. I made a tray like that, except it was black with brown, copper, etc...... gorgeous.