9.08.2013

Finished: Glass Display Cabinet

Remember that glass cabinet I bought at Urban Ore?
Well, I finally finished restoring it. It had two broken panes of glass that needed to be replaced which was a breeze "/sarc". The replacement glass needed to be old wavy glass to match the existing panes, and getting those out from some old window panes was a total swear fest.

The glass in the cabinet was held in place primarily by these mullions, which I labeled when removing to prevent complete insanity when trying to put the thing back together.

Ordinarily an inside cabinet with mullions doesn't also require glazing, but this piece is pretty flimsy and all of the old glass I was using was really warped. I though it would be a good idea to use the glaze as a sort of buffer/gap filler on the interior side of the frame.

 It goes on easily with a putty knife and doesn't set for days.


In this instance, I used a shim to hold a very warped piece in place while I attached the mullions. Cut away the excess putty with a razor either when wet or when dry; it easily peels away.

Aside from replacing the glass, I did nothing to the piece other than cleaning it up with a little soap and water.

I didn't wax it because I like its very matte finish.

And I kept the green stripe on the front because I think it adds character.

 
Cast legs, although these are hollow.


For now I'm keeping it completely empty. Anything else (aside from bar glasses) feels too cliche to me right now. It does need a piece of art above it to fill out that space.

All in all I'm super satisfied by the way this turned out. Finally a finished project!

7 comments:

Shannon said...

I'd stuff it with books!
i'd stuff anything with books!


looks great!!! so much work! you are a busy bee!

C a i t l i n said...

I think you are right, it would look good with books in it and anyone who follows your awesome blog would know that you have tons of them! -Caitlin

Stacey said...

What a gorgeous piece! Superb job! Love all that natural light that you get too!

Stacey said...

What a gorgeous piece! Superb job! Love all that natural light that you get too!

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks Stacey. Yes, I get a lot of sun in my house which is great except that my upholstery is SUPER faded. -Caitlin

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Caitlin, just one more detail suggestion: Consider taking a black or brown sharpie to the edges of your felt pads on the legs/"feet".

Looking forward to seeing how you choose to fill this handsome glass cube. Cheers!

C a i t l i n said...

You are right! It would look better if that felt blended in :) -Caitlin