Coffee table conversion from glass to another material?

ottertailFebruary 21, 2011

I am looking for ideas or someone's experience with replacing glass inserts in a coffee table with some other material. In AZ the glass tops are ALWAYS dusty. The glass pieces are four curved triangle pieces.

Has anyone done this. I was thinking of tile, slate, tile, or leather.

Ideas and outcome?

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Won't anything still be dusty, unless you eliminate the dust?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 8:40PM
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Do you have a picture of the coffee table? You could maybe turn it into an ottoman depending on the shape. Add some foam, dacron wrap and staple fabric around. I've seen this done on a few blogs.

"Won't anything still be dusty, unless you eliminate the dust?"
It will still be dusty but you won't see it as much depending on what you do.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 9:11PM
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Here are a couple of photos. I realize that dust would still be on the surface but not so noticiable when the sun shines into the room. I could dust this every hour and it would still look dusty!


    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 9:55PM
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I think the only thing that would look ok in that ornate table would be some light colored marble. You'd need it to be very thin, though, the same thickness as the glass, so it might be difficult to find that.

Check with stone masons and tile places to see if they can custom cut for that size. I can't think of anything else that would work.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 11:51PM
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How about a contrasting wood with an interesting grain? A furniture refinisher or good carpenter could probably do it. (I can't picture tile at all...and slate seems too "rustic" for that ornate table).

Here is a link that might be useful: Exotic Woods

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 9:38AM
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Wood insets although the finish may be difficult to match; stone insets, or leather covered insets. You can get leather or faux leather table top material in some woodworking/furniture making catalogs.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 10:22AM
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What a beautiful table. I would hate to change it....would a small round peice of cloth or a doily of some kind to cover the top be feasible? Or a round tray of some kind to put on top to cover most of the glass.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 12:58PM
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