Glass Tops for Vintage Furniture

At work a couple days ago I was asked to get glass tops for two antique tables that are being used as bedroom side tables.

A dresser scarf is used to protect the top of this old table.
A dresser scarf is used to protect the top of this old table.

The one-drawer tables are not very large.

The tops are used but not ruined.
The tops are used but not ruined.

In an effort to keep the tops from being damaged the owners wanted pieces of glass. (Refinishing true antiques is a “no-no” as I learned from Antiques Roadshow.)

The local glass shop has a truck for larger deliveries. I picked up my glass.
The local glass shop has a truck for larger deliveries. I picked up my glass.

From our local glass shop I ordered two rectangles of 1/4-inch thick glass:

  • 17-3/8 by 20-1/8 inches,
  • 16-3/4 by 18-1/2 inches.

Each piece was priced at $24.75 with the edges polished. (Total for 2 pieces with tax: $52.47.) In this case I didn’t check prices of competing shops because this one is so convenient to my home. I also didn’t negotiate the price which I might have done if I were buying larger quantities or larger pieces.

The glass fit well and the edges were smooth.
The glass fit well and the edges were smooth.

The glass fit the tables, which are similar but not exactly alike, very well.

These discs level the glass.
These discs level the glass.

Since the tables are old and a bit warped, I used small plastic discs to level the glass (instead of putting one in each corner).

Now both small tables are protected.
Now both small tables are protected.

Now the tables can be used without cloth coverings.

Quarter inch glass
Quarter inch glass

Since this is a bedroom used for someone with a disability, the glass seems a more sanitary solution.

Do you have a secret for protecting your furniture?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Glass Tops for Vintage Furniture”

  1. Over the years I have had glass cut to fit most of the tables and dressers in my home. Protects them from scratches and water rings. It’s also so nice to clean with spray glass cleaner.

    1. I think glass tops reduce the need for coasters. It’s an old fashioned notion but not unattractive; sure beats washing and starching doilies. Just kidding, you know. Jo

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