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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Faux Faux Glass Etching - Using Spray Paint!

So I've had this boring old wicker coffee table sitting in my garage for about a year. We scored a huge furniture set on Craigslist, and when we went to pick it up, the guy just kept giving us more and more stuff...this was one of those items, so it was free for me. Not my style, but free's free, right?

I thought giving it a coat of spray paint (or 3 or 4...CURSE YOU, WICKER!) would do the trick, but after seeing it all white and pretty, it still just felt blah.  Maybe something to the glass?  I'd seen some fab tutorials on that glass etching stuff you can buy at craft stores, but mostly I'm cheap and lazy, so I really wanted to think of a way I could do a similar effect using things I had at home... And behold, faux faux etching was born. Or "fetching" if you prefer. ;)

I used freezer paper and traced and cut out my own stencil (ignore the millions of erase took awhile to get the design right). Then you have to have your supplies all ready to go quickly on the next part. Spray the glossy side of the freezer paper with some spray adhesive. While it's sitting (1 minute), shake your brushed nickel spray paint. Time's up on the spray adhesive, so hurry and stick it to the glass and give it a very light dusting of the spray paint. Then quickly peel off your stencil and clean up any messy spots with your fingernail (I'm classy like that). ;)

What's also great about this method is that it is removable with a little elbow grease! You'll really need to scrape it and wash with warm soapy water, but if you should ever decide to change it out or get bored with your design, you're not stuck with it! Awesome for the fickle decorator like myself!!

Maybe I'll call it "semi-permanent glass tattoo" instead of "fetching". What do you think?

Shall we have a vote?



  1. ooo LOVE this! great idea =)

  2. My vote is for semi-permanent glass tattoo :-)

  3. This is a great transformation!

  4. Charlie that is so beautiful. I love etching paint!

  5. Wow, what a great idea. I love your semi-permanent glass tattoo ;)

  6. Great idea! It looks so good and I love your semi-permanent glass tatoo also!

  7. Oh my gosh! I love it! I'm so glad I found your blog and am now following you!


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