You may remember that I broke one of the panes when I was building this window cupboard for Mary.
I washed the panes.
Look at that putty!
While removing the putty I cracked one of the panes.
I grabbed a window from my stash that was missing a pane already.
One of the most important things when getting a nice cut on glass without accidently breaking it is to always keep the glass on a smooth surface. My paint covered work bench does not quite fit the bill. I chose a piece of scrap MDF for the job.
The glass cutter is a very inexpensive tool to add to your arsenal. The directions say to use oil on the blade. I didn’t have any handy so I tried WD-40.
I also tried to cut the pane while it was still in the window. That didn’t work.
I had to remove all the putty from the window and remove the pane from the frame.
Wearing gloves to protect my hands I carefully removed the pane from the frame.
The WD-40 did not work, so I borrowed some oil from a neighbor.
I went over the original lines again with the oiled blade. You will hear a slight grinding sound as you run the blade along the glass.
You’ve probably seen people tap the glass and snap the glass. I’m a member of the “snap” club. Using the nice piece of MDF I lay the glass on it and snap the piece right off. Look closely, see those crumbs on the table? Those small crumbs can be disastrous for glass. If you lay your glass down on top of something like that, you won’t get a “clean” cut. Believe me, I’ve learned the hard way.
Here’s the new pane!
And the pieces I snapped off.
Here’s the window with the cracked pane. I had put a piece of tape on it while spray painting it just so I might not have any mishaps. I laid it over a box.
I used the window tapper to tap and break the glass…. that didn’t work. I ended up carefully using a hammer. I was wearing protection on my eyes and gloves when I did this.
Look at the reflection in the glass. Look at ALL of those leaves still on the tree! Needless to say I will have to do more leaf cleanup when they all fall.
Cutting a mirror is pretty much the same way. I’ve done that. The mirror is where I learned my lesson about cutting glass on a clean work surface. You can see how I did the mirror in my post Faux Window. I just glanced at that post and I mention you should NOT hear a ripping sound. I disagree with myself. LOL I think it works best if you hear a faint grinding.
The kitchen floor is coming along. I worked all day Tuesday crawling around taping and painting. I’m about half way done. Would you like to see a sneak peek?
Here are the colors I’m using.
This was in the middle of the day Tuesday. Isn’t she gorgeous? So much better than the last picture you saw of her.
This was Tuesday night about 10:00 pm. That little lady walked through the gray and right across the blue! Silly Kitty!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.