You can use mirrors to make over a yard sale find or old ragged table into something spectacular, as well as cover multiple tables for a matched set from random pieces you have accumulated. A revived trend from the 1920s and '30s, covering furniture with mirrors adds a glamorous, sophisticated look to your room. These creative artwork pieces look good most anywhere. From mosaic mirrors to custom cut designs, complete this novice DIY project in one weekend.
1 Set up a work area in a well-ventilated room, garage or outside. Move any obstacles, such as furniture or rugs, and sweep the floor in the area.
2 Cover your work area with plastic sheeting. Tape the edges down with masking tape and set the table in the middle of the sheet.
3 Measure the dimensions of the table including length, width and height of the top and each side. Measure the legs. Write your dimensions on paper as you measure them.
4 Put on the chemical-resistant gloves, respirator mask and eye goggles. Pour a small amount of stripper into a metal tray.
5 Brush the stripper onto one section of the table, covering the surface and getting deep into the grooves. Let it sit as directed by the manufacturer.
6 Scrape the stripper and finish off using a metal spatula. Angle the corner of the spatula into the grooves to get all the stripper out. Continue scraping until you remove most of the finish and stripper residue.
7 Scrub over the surface with the steel wool to remove the remaining stripper. Scrub in the grooves and corners to ensure no stripper remains.
8 Wipe over the stripped area with a rag dampened with mineral spirits to remove any remaining residue. Repeat the stripping process until all the finish has been removed. Leave the table to dry.
9 Sand the surfaces of the table to roughen them. Then wipe the table again with mineral spirits to remove the sanding dust. Let the table dry completely.
10 Put on a pair of thick, protective gloves and your eye goggles. Lay the mirrors out on the table and adjust them until you are happy with the design. For mosaic mirrors, avoid placing pointed or jagged pieces toward the edges of the table.
11 Lift the mirror in the center and apply adhesive to the back. Set the mirror back in place and press down. Wipe away any adhesive that seeps out around the edges with a dry, soft cloth. Repeat the gluing process, working your way out from the center until you have all of the mirrors installed.
12 Place mirrors on the edge of the table upside down without glue on the back to measure for cuts. Mark a line where the edge of the table is with a pencil. Then cut the pieces along the line using a glass-cutter. Glue the cut pieces onto the table just as you did the previous pieces.
13 Spread grout into the cracks between the mirrors using a sponge. Work in small areas, wiping each section with a damp sponge to clean the mirrors after you fill the cracks and remove the bulk of the grout on the mirror surfaces.
14 Leave the table to cure for 24 hours before moving it or placing anything on it. Wipe over the mirrors again with a damp sponge to remove any remaining grout residue.
Items you will need
- Plastic sheeting
- Masking tape
- Measuring tape
- Tracing paper
- Chemical-resistant gloves
- Eye goggles
- Metal tray
- Metal spatula
- Steel wool
- Mineral spirits
- 60-grit sandpaper
- Glass cutter
- To add even more of a decorative element, cover any designs on the table with tracing paper. Trace the design to create a template. Take these templates to a glass-cutting shop to have them replicated on your mirrors.
- Test your glass-cutter first on scrap mirrors or pieces of glass before cutting the mirrors you'll use for the table.
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