Aug 4, 2011

Etching glass for a custom look.

From front doors to transoms to cabinet doors, clear glass can be etched to add privacy, a custom design, or an update that creates a fantastic new look. Here is the list of products and the how-to so you can do it yourself.
A stencil and etching adds privacy and elegance to a bathroom window.

Materials List
Glass cleaner - vinegar based are best
Lint free cloth - I recommend microfiber
Stencil - go to a craft store or a supplier who sells to etchers
Smoothing tool or other flat edge - an old credit card works well
Masking film to protect exposed areas
Rubber gloves
Etching cream - I like Armour Etch, $6.25 for a 3 oz. bottle.
Buckets - one to discard cream and one for rinse water
Baking soda
pH test strip

Clean the glass to be etched so no dust, fingerprints or old paint remains. Using a microfiber cloth will eliminate lint and help eliminate any residue from your cleaner. Apply your stencil to the glass. You can use a peel-and-stick stencil or use masking tape to hold it in place. Using your flat edge, run over the stencil to eliminate any bubbles and be sure that the design edge is flat on the glass.  Cover the area around your stencil with masking film to protect the surface from splashed etching cream. Put on your gloves. Dishwashing gloves are best since the cream is irritating to skin and it will not penetrate rubber. Spread your etching cream over the design on the stencil using a soft-bristle brush. Apply it evenly and move AWAY from the edges to prevent the cream from seeping underneath. Allow the cream to work.  Remove cream from the glass with a wet sponge, wiping it into an empty bucket. Work top to bottom.  When all of the cream has been removed, neutralize the water from your cleanup with baking soda and use a pH test trip to ensure that it's safe to toss.

Enjoy the results!

A great look for your kitchen.

Etched grapes on a wine cabinet create a custom effect.