Refinished Side Table with Etched Glass insert.
This post could also be titled “Why I should never buy furniture meant to be flipped, because I get attached.” I really love the online yardsale sites. You can find some really great things without wasting gas driving all over town early on your Saturday morning! I found this little side table, and thought it had a lot of potential! The goal was to buy it, refinish it with some beautiful etched glass, and resell it (“Flip it”) for a profit. I loved how it turned out so much that it was really hard to let it go! I’m happy to report though that it’s currently living happily at the next door neighbors house!
It had a really nice shape, and the cane work on the bottom shelf was in fantastic condition! It just needed some cleanup, some character and a little TLC! Which I was happy to give it!
I loved the glass top on this table, but I thought it could use a little fixing up. I found a cherry blossom pattern in the Silhouette store that I loved, and stretched it out to fit the size of the table, then I cut it out in vinyl to make a stencil, and I used Etching cream to add it to the glass, giving the table a whole new look with a beautiful etched glass top.
This was my first mistake in my plans to flip the piece. I am a sucker for cherry blossoms. I should have picked a different nice design for the top of the glass instead but I just loved this!
This is the etching cream I use. I absolutely love this stuff! Seriously. There is no easier way to dress up plain glass than this! It is like magic! I was a little bit scared the first time I used it. With the proper precautions it turned out to be a breeze. I have a hard time finding it in stock at my local craft store, so I purchase it from Amazon. (affiliate link) If you can find it locally, a store coupon will make it an even better value! One bottle goes a long way.
The best part was that since I already had everything I needed, the total cost for this side table was $15!