One thing that I loved about my house when we bought it three years ago was the greenhouse in the yard. I knew that it needed a lot of work, but knew that I would eventually get around to making the repairs and would have a wonderful greenhouse to spend my free time in. I had to do some research to find out about replacing the glass panels that had been broken over the years. I wanted to be sure that the glass I was installing wasn't going to stop the sun's nutrients from reaching the plants and that the glass would be durable and last for many years. If you are building or repairing a greenhouse, visit through my blog to learn all about the glass that should be used.
Updating an older dresser with a more modern, updated look doesn't have to be overly difficult to do. You can paint it a bold color and then add some contemporary flair to it by adding mirror to the front of the drawers. The guide below walks you through the process to use when covering the fronts of dresser drawers with mirrors.
Remove the Drawers from the Dresser
The first thing you need to do is to remove the drawers from the dresser. Pull one of the drawers open slightly; you may see a small tab on either side of the drawer where the drawer sits on the track that is slides on. Depress these tabs and pull the drawer free from the dresser. Repeat the process with all of the other drawers.
Measure the Drawer Fronts
Next, you need to measure the fronts of the drawers so that you can know how much mirror you need to cover them. Be sure to measure how long the drawers are, as well as how tall the drawer fronts are to ensure that you choose a mirror that will be wide enough to cut down to fit the drawers.
Purchase the Mirror
Visit a local glass shop. Mirrors are a type of glass so many glass shops have different sized mirrors that you can purchase. Let the associate know the dimensions of the drawer fronts so that they can get you a mirror that is large enough to use to cover them all.
Measure and Mark the Mirror
Lay a piece of plywood onto a table. Lay the mirror onto the plywood with the back of the mirror facing the plywood. The plywood will ensure that you do not cut into the table when you etch the glass. Measure the glass and make a mark on it with a washable marker at each point where it needs to be cut.
Cut the Mirror
Lay a straight edge on the marks that you made to ensure a straight cut. Use a glass cutting tool to etch along the edge of the straight edge. The tool looks like a box cutter and works the same way, except that it will not cut through the mirror. Pull the portion of the mirror that you want to cut over the edge of the plywood so that it is not being supported. Carefully wiggle the portion of the mirror up and down while applying pressure to the portion of the mirror that is still on the plywood the mirror will eventually snap on the line you created and give you a crisp edge.
Once you have cut all of the mirror to the right sizes, scuff up the fronts of the drawers with 80-grit sandpaper. Use wood glue to adhere the mirrors to the front of the drawers and allow the glue to dry overnight before putting the drawers back into the dresser. You will then have a one-of-a-kind dresser that you can treasure for years to come.
For more information, contact Glass Service Center Inc or a similar company.