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Glass surfaces can be a welcome addition to any living space since they have a timeless look and can be so easy to clean. If you’re interested in glass table tops for your dining room table or living room coffee table, it’s important that you take your time selecting a table top that will work well for your needs. From choosing the right thickness of the glass to different transparencies, take the time to consider the following.


The thickness of the glass plays a large part if how sturdy the table top is. In the event that the table top is impacted, it can be so reassuring to know that the glass is thick enough where it won’t shatter. Thicker glass is also less likely to be scratched, making it a good idea to look into the options for thickness.


While many people look for glass table tops that are as transparent as possible, this may not be a good idea if you’re concerned about your dining room table being clear. Comparing your options can help give you a clear idea of what transparency would be good for wherever you’re intending on using the table top surface.

With so many variations for table tops made of glass, it’s crucial that you consider what your own personal use will be. By knowing how you plan on incorporating this surface in your home, you can be confident that it will last in the years to come. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding glass table tops and their use in your home.



Mirrors are an essential item for every home, but they also function beautifully as decoration. If you're looking to spruce up your home, check out these mirror decorating tips to make a big impact with little effort. 

Mirror Panels 

If you have a long hallway or a bare wall, create mirror panels by either using custom-made mirrors that are the length of the wall, or simply placing several smaller mirrors side-by-side. You can also experiment with various tints for a more abstract feel. 

Antique Mirrors 

A specked mirror might not be ideal for putting on your makeup, but it looks great in a classically furnished living or dining room. The antique look adds elegance. 

Go Big 

Get a mirror custom made to fill up the majority of a wall, and choose a beautiful frame. It's a bold statement, but shows style and will add a feeling of space and light to any room. 

Go Double 

Hang two identical mirrors side-by-side to create a more dynamic and interesting look in your living space. You'll also get the benefit of more light reflection. 

See double

Place a mirror to reflect your collection of candles to create the illusion of double the flames. 

Create a theme

Place multiple, different shaped mirrors close to each other and connect them with a theme using the frames. For example, maybe all the frames are made of the same material, or are all the same color.

Here at Hutchins Glass & Mirror, we can meet all your mirror needs. Contact us to discuss how we can help you find the right mirrors to decorate your home. 



Here at Hutchins Glass and Mirror, we have a beautiful selection of etched glass to add to your collection at home. But do you know how your etched glass was made? 

There are several methods used for etching, each creating a slightly different effect.

Acid etching 

Acid etching uses the colorless chemical called hexafluorosilicic acid combined with several other chemicals that are all heated. Acid etching results in a frosted look. It became popular in English pubs during the 1800s, because the frosted glass prevented people from looking in, but still let in natural light. 

Glass etching cream

This is a simpler method than acid etching and popular among hobbyists. The cream is made up of chemicals that, when combined, lightly eat away at the glass parts it contacts. Glass etching cream is best used on smaller surfaces because the etching often comes out uneven. 

Abrasive blasting or sandblasting 

This method creates deeply etched designs and is good for larger surfaces. High pressure air mixes with sand to etch out the glass. This method is often used commercially. 

Mold etching

The mold etching technique emerged in the 1920s and became popular during the Great Depression because the simplified process meant a comparatively low cost. This technique consists of etching directly into the mold so that the glass emerges with texture already in place. 

Etching is done using a variety of techniques, each leading to a unique piece of glass. If you're interested in learning about the etched glass here at Hutchins Glass and Mirror, please contact us.