I finally got the dining room table I have wanted for years and I hate it.
It has a 6' round glass top and it is always smudged. To make matters
worse, the chairs are on casters so we end up grabbing the edges of the
table to pull ourselves to the table so it is also smudged under the table
to. I keep a table cloth on it all the time now and it is hard to say which
is more trouble keeping clean.
So, I was wondering if a frosted glass top would be a bit better? Does
anyone have one that could answer that? On the same thought, could I do
that myself with an orbital sander?
Ain't this always the way? Let me tell you about my brass bed...
Can the glass be removed? Or is it enclosed in moldings?
Of course, a regularly-used table, whether high-sheen wood or glass is
bound to get smudgy. People! That's the problem! Get rid of the
people, and everything can remain pristine (dusty, but not smudgy).
Remove casters from chairs? But then you'll have scoot-marks on the
floor/carpet/whatever. I would say that fingermarks on the
*underside* of a table wouldn't be at the top of my list, but your
priorities may be different.
Table coverings include cloths, placemats, and placemats on cloths. If
you can't tolerate *any* smudges on glass or evidence of use on cloth,
you are in trouble. The business of living is inherently messy. I
would suggest a few easily washable, perm-press tablecloths
Frosted/pebbled glass is probably a lot *harder* to keep clean. It may
not show fingerprints, but *anything* that spills will be more
difficult to remove thoroughly.
If you can bear it, there are many styles of vinyl 'oilcloth' fabrics
and cloths that appear to be fairly easy-clean.
Frosted glass would probably be a bit better, but would show oily spots from
your fingers. You might try looking for film that can be applied to the
bottom of the glass to give it a frosted appearance. If you don't like it,
the film could be removed. Another alternative for DIY frosting is to use
some etching gel on it (available from craft stores). If only the edge is a
problem you could mask off the center and etch just the edge. You could
also stencil a design on the bottom with the etching gel -- maybe a pattern
that you could pull from some fabric or area rug.
I passed a shop today that specialised in etching. Some of the glass
on display looked lovely.
meanwhile up in my attic I have a piece of antique glass that has been
painted with Victorian figures, I don't know what type of paint has
been used but it looks ok and seems durable
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