If you want custom cut colored glass, be prepared to pay dearly.
If, in addition, you want custom cut tempered glass, you'll pay
Colored glass is a specialty item and you pay due to the fact that it isn't
carried by many sellers. Tempered glass is not stocked to be cut
by the seller - the glass must be cut first (almost always at the factory) and
then tempered. The tempering process for glass produces glass which
does not accidentally break in long straight lines, which produces those
dangerous long shards. But that process also prevents the glass from
being intentionally broken (ie, "cut") in long straight lines.
If you do spend the megabucks on this project, don't forget to include rolling
(and possibly polishing) the corners and edges of the glass before it is
You didn't specify what you are attempting to accomplish. Clear quarter
inch glass cut to size, with rolled and polished corner and edges, and then
lightly sandblasted to achieve an opaque finish is fairly reasonably priced.
Of course, it can shatter unless you pay for tempering. Ask around at
good hardware stores in your area and you'll find many leads for custom
If you are lucky, you may be able to find tempered glass shelves in a
size which meets your needs. Check retail outlets for bookcases,
centers and other furniture with glass shelves. If you find shelves that are
the size that you need, then look into the cost of ordering "replacement"
shelves. (For a lower cost unit, it will often be less expensive to buy the
entire piece of furniture just for the shelves.) Sandblast if you need it
You can also look for thick plexiglass style materials. Colored to suit
you needs, or opaque. It would be much less expensive and a lot easier
to lift out of drawers.
Or you could just hide your porn supply or stash of dope somewhere other
than the bottom of the drawers. :)
There's so much information in the Yellow Pages and online directories
about places in my area that deal in glass, but I can't figure out who
would really carry what I want. Everything I find in the Washington, DC
area seems to be industrial or for big projects. All I want is two
custom-cut sheets of 1/4" thick glass to lay into the top of my dresser,
light or medium blue or purple, sufficiently opaque (frosted or coated,
I guess) for the drawer contents not to be visible. I supposed it should
be tempered to avoid easy breakage.
Going by their web sites, neither Home Depot nor Lowes carries sheet
glass, nor does Michael's Crafts.