A glass topped coffee table without the glass isn't much of a table. You could get a replacement piece of glass or you might consider some more creative ways of redoing the top. This is a guide about repairing a coffee table with missing glass.
I was given a solid wood coffee table, on Freecycle, today! Problem is, it is missing its center piece of glass; therefore, there's little "table" in the table. There's a frame and legs, though no innards. Would you brainstorm some creative ways to replace the missing glass? I'll call a glass shop, of course, though, what else might I use that is thrifty-fun, too? This missing piece is about 18 x 42 inches, and there's no center support, so it has to be something very sturdy.
By Vicki B.
Some boards glued together, like barn siding would give texture; a piece of plywood painted and decorated with pictures of friends and family; plywood covered in a mosaic; plywood covered with fabric; plywood covered in sheetmetal; a cut piece of marble, granite, corian, slate, or some leftover piece a shop would sell cheap; butcher block made from scraps of wood; make a top of cast concrete; a piece of beadboard.
You can ask for items on freecycle. Ask for a piece of tempered glass. I actually gave away 2 pieces a couple of weeks ago as my coffee table leg broke off and the glass was fine!
I would cut a piece of plywood to fit, and finish it with a faux-marble paint job or something else creative or even paint it a solid color to harmonize with your other furniture.
Thanks to all who responded! Now, I'm really feeling inspired to make this coffee table into a very expressive piece! vickib
So you were just at the local thrift store and you saw this beautiful table but the glass was missing. You passed it up because we all know to replace the glass is very expensive and would cost you more than what you would pay for the table. Well, go back right away because here are some ideas you can use to make that beautiful table useful again.