I picked up the glass from the glazer yesterday. The tint is a bit darker than I expected, but I think it will look fantastic when done.
|It looks even darker here, because all three glass plates are stacked on each other.|
|with a coat of paint.|
|Trying to protect the paint with whatever was at hand. The clamps are there because once the plywood spacers come out, there is nothing supporting the front of the upper cabinet.|
The final result is rather striking. I think the cabinet no longer looks like a cheap nailed piece, but a rather swanky looking piece.
|Now we are talking.|
A note about the stability of this piece: I can't imagine that this piece ever would be totally rock solid, unless the two cabinets were screwed directly to the wall. However, the back of this one is two shiplapped two-meter long boards, full 18mm (3/4") thick. I nailed them in from the back and the sides for strength. These boards give this cabinet the strength that it has. I imagine stronger than the original. The top cabinet is mostly held by the back, and it also rests on the glass.
I think that if this cabinet took a blow, the glass might break, but the glass stiffens the piece considerably over the plywood spacers. I think as long as one is careful, there is no reason to think the glass will ever break.
Well, there is only one way to find out!