Annoyed by the high cost of back-painting and installing the glass behind her gas range, this adventurous renovator took on the task herself.
DIY | When Terri Brandmueller renovated her Vancouver kitchen awhile ago, she thought a lot about how the surface materials and finishes would look when viewed together. She had dark wood and white laminate cabinets; butcher-block countertops and a solid beech island; and stainless steel appliances—everything set against a backdrop of white beadboard wallpaper. What was missing, she figured, was a serious splash of colour, and the surface behind the range seemed like the perfect place to put it. This is how she hit upon the idea of installing the light-reflecting sheet of glass pictured here, back-painted ocean blue.
Glass back-guards are not that unusual, but when Brandmueller started phoning around Vancouver and Richmond she was shocked to find glass shops were charging more than $200 for a simple 36-inch-square sheet of quarter-inch-thick flat-polished tempered glass—and the back-painting, delivery and installation was going to cost extra.
How Brandmueller Got Her Back-Guard
Not one to shy away from DIY projects, Brandmuller researched how to back-paint glass on the Internet and concluded she could do that part herself. Still, the local price for the sheet of glass irked her. Online she found www.glasstopsdirect.com, an American company that ships to Canada. The price for the standard-size piece she needed was just $65, with an extra $45 for FedEx delivery direct to her door.
When the glass arrived, Brandmueller spray-painted it with multiple coats of Krylon in a colour called blue ocean breeze and attached it to the wall with a clear Dap silicon sealant with the heaviest weight rating.
Brandmueller says that while she was unsure in the beginning about whether or not she would be able to paint and install the glass herself, she was willing to take a risk. “I knew if I wrecked the glass I’d be out $105, but if I didn’t I’d be saving a lot of money.”—Ruth Rainey
To see more on glass tops, visit www.glasstopsdirect.com
Photo: Casey Phaisalakani