Friday, November 9, 2012

Protecting Your Antiques & Creating Custom Glass Table Tops {Guest Post}


Protecting Your Antiques & Creating Custom Glass Table Tops 

Glass table tops are very versatile, and more versatile than you may expect. A thick glass table top can be used obviously as the whole glass surface of a table, or as a protective top cover on an existing table. But you may opt for a thinner glass table top - say, 1/4th inch thicknesses, which are recommended solely as protective top surfaces. Not only that, but when it comes to clarity, there is low-iron glass. This glass is perfect for showing off the colors of an antique. Low-Iron glass lacks any such green hue on the edging of the glass, and is nearly invisible. 

Many glass and mirror companies offer the ability to custom create a table top exactly to your needs - be it square, rectangle, or circular. This is extremely useful when you're looking for a protective topping cover for an antique. The ability to create a glass table top exactly to the specs of your existing furniture is why so many people find custom glass table tops so special and useful! 

Some of these examples are customer submissions showing off their own unique table, with a custom table top. 

The above picture is of a Wheeled Antique Coffee Table - and it shows how a glass table top can turn a piece of antique furniture into a fully functional and beautiful coffee table.


This is surely a delicate table made out of mango wood. The glass does a great job protecting the wood from daily wear and tear, staining, and scratches. Just use some non-slip spacers and the table will not move, for added safety.


To illustrate how a table can be cut to your specifications, this is a very large table with unique corners. If accuracy of your measurements are a concern as well, there are ways to not only†take measurements for most standard-shaped tables and match it, but to get a precise cut. Because antiques are rarely perfectly round or square, it may be recommended to have an on-site "laser measurement" to allow for that "precise cut."


But antiques don't always have to be made out of wood, and they don't even have to start out as tables. In this example, we see a Glass Top Bird Bath Table. 

It shows what a little bit of creativity can produce with a glass table top. And it is one way to add beauty and elegance to the outdoors of your home. This table could even be taken a step further, by filling the inside with seashells and coral from the beach. 

No matter how you end up protecting your antiques or creating your custom tables, you now can see that the possibilities are endless with a simple glass table top!   

About the Author 

Shahab Shokouhi is a Writer at Dulles Glass and Mirror - a manufacturer of commercial and residential glass products including glass table tops, mirror mastic, and shelf brackets.


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