How to resin a glass table top

Have you ever thought about adding resin to your glass table top?  The beauty and shine of resin can add stunning beauty to your home decor.  In this article I’m going to show you exactly how I use resin to transform two glass table tops in no time at all.  

Before we get started I want to go over how I prepared the glass table tops for the resin.  The first thing I did was sand the tops of the tables with 120 grit sandpaper.  Just enough to scuff it up slightly.  Then I cleaned off the dust with just water using a cotton cloth.

The next thing I needed to do was figure out what colors I wanted to use for the project.  This would be important right now because I needed to spray the glass table tops with spray paint in the colors I would be adding to my epoxy.  Initially my colors of choice were silver, black/onyx, and white.  Ultimately, I ended up adding deep purple to the palette.  So I used black, white, and silver spray paint to coat the tables.

There are two reasons I use spray paint on the tables first.  When the resin flows over the edge, it can pull to the point where you can see the surface below.  If the surface below is painted the same color as the resin additive, then you don’t realize it’s not the resin you are seeing.  The other reason is due to the technique I plan to use when pouring the resin onto the glass table tops.  I knew my technique would be leave areas in the resin that you can see through to the glass.  This way, you are seeing through to the same color and not seeing through to the glass.  Yet it adds some demension to the end result.

Here are the two tables with the spray paint on them.

Then I needed to tape the backside edge of the glass.  This protects the glass from the resin drips that are inevitable with this project.

Finally, I needed to prepare the surface/table I would be working on.  I always use a lot of drapes on my table.  This way when the project is complete I simply roll up the drapes and toss them away.  And obviously it protects the table from resin.   But MOST IMPORTANTLY I made sure to level the table I’d be working on.  There is nothing worse than returning to peek at your project only to find most of the resin ran off  the side of it.  That is so disheartening.  There is no coming back from that.  Can you tell this has happened to me?  Don’t be me, level your surface!

Supplies needed for the project

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         Now that our glass table tops are ready for resin, let’s go over supplies needed for the project.

Epoxy resin-I use ProMarine Epoxy Resin for larger resin projects such as this one
Respirator or N95 mask
Gloves (preferably Nitrite)
1 Large container and one small container for each color
Mica powder/additive 
Isopropyl alcohol for any necessary clean up
Stir sticks
Trowel (1/4 inch)

 

Let’s get this party started!

Let’s mix some resin.  If you have not seen my post “Let’s Talk Resin” feel free to check that out.  In that post I share the differences between Epoxy Resin and UV Resin.   Epoxy resin comes in two parts.  Part A Resin and Part B Hardener.  Equal parts of each must be mixed for a given amount of time.  Typically speaking, three minutes.  Check the manufacturers directions on the resin you are using.  I will usually mix mine for a minute or two beyond that recommendation.  Once mixed there is approximately a 35 minute working time with my resin so I don’t want to dilly dally once it’s mixed.  Also, I usually use a warm water bath when I mix my resin.  Which means I set my mixing container in a container with a few inches of warm water.

                                                                                                             

-Putting your resin container in a warm water bath will decrease the working time by 10-12 minutes- 

You have to be prepared to follow through with the project once that resin is mixed.

 

Once the resin is mixed it’s time to separate the resin into the smaller cups and add the additives to the resin.  This is the fun part!  Mixing the mica powder in the resin is super rewarding.  I love that part.

I left some clear resin in the original container so I could first put a clear layer onto the tables.  As illustrated in the picture, I am using a 1/4 inch trowel to spread the resin evenly on the glass table tops.  This layer does not need to be very thick.

I do this so the color layer can flow freely on the glass table tops, or in this case, on the first layer of clear resin.  

With all of the cups mixed it’s time to pour the resin onto the glass table tops.  How you do this is simply a matter of preference.  There are many different techniques you can use.  For these glass table tops I am going to try to keep them somewhat symetrical.  Keeping in mind you will never get two identical pieces when working with resin.  That’s just not an option.

I’m going to pour each color over the glass table tops one at a time to begin.

My goal with this piece is to not mix/blend the colors too much.  I want them to tie together yet I want each color to stand out.  So I’m simply going to take a craft stick and run it through the resin between the colors.  My experience with white has been to not want to mix it with a color other than black or gray/silver.  Mixing the white and deep purple will create a bad color combo.  That’s just my opinion.

Things are heating up!

With the resin all applied to the tables it’s time to get rid of those bubbles.  Here are a couple things to consider when using a heat gun or torch.

  1.  Do not hold the heat source in one area for too long.  Keep the heat source moving slowly over the project.

2.  Always know where your heat source is pointing.  This sounds silly but it’s easy to get distracted while holding a heat gun and as you are looking one way your heat gun is pointed another.  Know what it’s aiming at at all times.

After you have eliminated as many bubbles as you can, you will want to babysit the project for about an hour or so after.  You’ll be checking for bubbles, dust, hair, or anything that may have found it’s way into your resin project.  And believe me, if it’s in the air it will find it’s way to your piece.  Dust is attracted to resin full on.

Also, you will notice drips on the underside.  I use my finger or the craft stick to remove those drips.  But because there is tape on the underside, it’s not necessarily necessary to remove them.  They will come off nicely with the tape as it is removed.

Video Clips!

Below are two video clips.  The first one is a short clip of the tape being removed.  The second video clip is of the glass table tops now that they are cured.  

 

Conclusion

In this post I showed you the process I go through to add resin a glass table top.  It is so amazing how resin can transform a piece of furniture.   I hope you enjoyed the process and I hope you’ll try out a resin project for yourself.     

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know if you have experience with epoxy resin and what projects you may have done using it or what you would like to see.  Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see some of my other resin projects.

Fun Fact!

Always work with resin in a well ventilated area.  There are a lot of fumes emitted from the resin alone and even more once you add heat to the mix.  It can be beneficial to use an air purifier .  This will not only help with the fumes but it will also help keep the dust at bay.

14 thoughts on “How to resin a glass table top”

    • Hi Heidi, yes absolutely! I try to match the spray paint colors with the mica powder.
      That being said, you could also use the spray paint as your resin additive. I just
      chose to not do that with this project.
      Thank you for the excellent question and for visiting my site.
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  1. I’m not one to do much with art or projects like these, but this looks like a fun one to take on. Although, my sister is big about stuff like this, so I’ll make sure to pass this article along to her.

    Thank you for sharing!
    -Joseph

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    • Hi Joseph,
      Thanks for visiting my site. Until about 5 years ago I was not interested in things like this
      either. But wow has that changed. One never knows where the road will lead them.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  2. That’s awesome!! I’ve seen an awesome wood table that they used colored resin to fill in the cracks and knots of the wood. With the wood you wouldn’t have to spray paint it cause it has wood behind it, and you’d just have to tape around the cracks and knots you’re filing in with resin right? Would you use more clear resin or poly to seal it?
    Glad you mentioned leveling the surface you would be working on! I’m the type of person that wouldn’t even think about something like that, cause I’d be too excited to start the project. 🙂
    Have a good one!

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    • Hi Amber, that is funny. I get excited too when I’m going to be doing something like that.
      I have done resin projects on wood. Not like you mention though. Yes if you are okay
      sanding the wood and resin you wouldn’t need to tape. You could use resin to seal it if needed.
      Making sure your piece is leveled is definitely key to your success.

      Thank you so much for visiting my site and for the great comment and question.
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  3. These look super cool. I was wondering how thick is the layer of resin that forms. Have you tried doing multiple layers. Also is there any way to treat the edge so that it is smooth and rounded? I could imagine that it would be quite sharp if left untreated. thanks, Andy

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    • Hi Andy,
      The edge on these talbes is originally smooth and round. So the resin just molds right around those
      edges leaving a nice smooth surface. But, the edges were more square the resin actually would offer
      some softening on them. So it most likely wouldn’t be much of a problem. You can definitely sand
      resin (with the right protective gear on) so that wouldn’t be a problem.
      Thank you so much for your comment and question.
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  4. Wow! Teresa you blew my mind. The finished product is the nothing short of beauty and the interesting part is reading through the details of using a resin to express art. This is very Informative and educational.
    What is the total time spent in doing this?
    Great post and thanks for sharing

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    • Hello and thank you so much for checking out my site! And thank you for the kind words.
      It takes longer to prepare for this project than it does to actually do the project.
      From gathering supplies to preparing the glass surface and work area I would say it took me 4 hours.
      But the project isn’t over yet. I’ll still be putting a flood coat on it. Which involves a similar
      setup. So I will have another couple hours into it. Not much of a time sacrifice when I see those
      results. I just love it!
      Thank you again,
      Teresa

      Reply
  5. This is an awesome project for anyone with a glass top table, you have been wishing I had a glass top table just so I could do this project myself. Such a beautiful finish tabletop, I also just want to add you have many other talents than being a nurse

    Jeff

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    • Hi Jeff,
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words. This project really was a lot of fun to do.
      Thank you for visiting my site.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  6. Hi, I have always appreciated the end product for this particular craft, but I have never been exposed to the actual detail and precision to get there. This is amazing work and I see from your post it is something you are passionate about – thanks for exposing me to this particular craft!

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    • Hello, I am really glad you came to visit my site. How awesome you were able to learn the
      process for applying resin. It’s so much fun and I get so much enjoyment out of seeing
      the results produced.
      Thank you again for visitin,
      all the best,
      Teresa

      Reply

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