Dress Up Your Deck
Sections of glass block pavers can visually break up dark decking material and make a space feel lighter. Glass pavers are different from glass blocks used in vertical applications, and they must be installed in a special grid apparatus—but they achieve the same stunning design.
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Display Pretty Flowers
Some crafty glass blocks are hollow with a removable insert for closure. Pop out that insert, ﬁll the block with water, and voilà—you have a square, modern vase that makes any flower arrangement look fresh and vibrant!
Deﬁne Your Garden
Create a striking tableau by using glass blocks to deﬁne a patio space. Mixing sizes adds to the architectural beauty of the blocks' form. They will enhance the surrounding stonework while providing a visual counterpoint to the verdant landscape.
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Belly Up to the Bar
Cap a short glass block wall with a countertop, and you have yourself a bar. Glass blocks are typically joined together with mortar, much like a brick wall. Alternatively, many glass block manufacturers offer a mortarless system, which lets DIYers achieve a professional look without professional masonry skills.
Divide a Room
Erect a wall of glass blocks to serve as a room divider. The glass block not only provides an interesting design element, it also allows light to filter through to interior spaces.
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Build a Backsplash
A single row of glass block makes a smart backsplash for a kitchen island. Install according to manufacturer’s instructions and trim with a piece of wood or countertop. Here, the glass blocks add the perfect finishing touch to a cooktop, delineating the food prep space and separating it from the rest of the kitchen.
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Enhance an Entryway
Embed glass blocks in an entryway for a modern twist on traditional sidelights. The blocks' textured ﬁnish provides privacy while still admitting light into the foyer.
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Save Your Pennies
A hollow glass block makes a perfect piggy bank. What better way to motivate saving than to watch that block ﬁll up with cash? Personalize it with a name or a savings goal, and you’ll be swimming in dough in no time.
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Enclose a Shower
Glass blocks work especially well in the bathroom, because they provide privacy while still letting light pass through. A bonus: They are easy to clean! A solution of warm water and mild dish soap does the trick; clean the grout the same way you clean any other grout in the bathroom.
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Light Up the Dark
Transform a glass block into a night light by painting or gluing a graphic onto it and then inserting a light or a strand of twinkle lights. (Drill a hole in the back of an architectural block to thread the cord; for a craft block, simply remove the insert.) Now you’re ready to light up the night.
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