Ever wonder how to paint glass with chalk paint? Today we’ll find out how easy it is!
I’ve been seeing a lot of people painting glass vases on Pinterest and other blogs for a couple of years now. Recently there have been some painted canning jars for sale at Room With a Past, too. But I could just see in my mind one of these glass florist vases painted and distressed in Memphis Blue (my current favorite CeCe color!)
NOTE: This project was first published in 2014… my writing and photos have improved a lot since then. Thanks for your patience!
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Supplies for Painting Glass Vases
- old glass vase – the more detail the better!
- 2 colors of chalk-type paint – Our shop no longer sells the brand of chalk and clay paint that I used for this project. Shabby Paints has a couple of colors that are similar – Beach House and White Ice.
- paintbrush – This round paintbrush is my favorite for painting small pieces with lots of detail.
I used to see clear glass floral vases ALL the time at garage sales and thrift stores for a quarter or so. I guess now that people are painting them and using them in weddings they’re getting scarce. I looked for weeks before finding what I had envisioned — and I had to pay a whole dollar for it!
How to Paint a Glass Vase
This was a really simple project but it did take a bit more time than I was expecting. Maybe because I picked a vase with so much detail… but it was worth it.
Start by just cleaning your vase. I ran mine through the dishwasher with some other bottles and vases that we’re going to use for Jordy’s wedding reception (and I can’t show you ANY of those photos ’til AFTER the wedding so expect to see a lot of wedding stuff posted in late August!)
I gave it one good coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. After it dried I noticed that I missed some of the deeper cuts so I went back with another light coat. Then did the same with the Memphis Blue. So probably one and a half coats of each color (if that’s possible…lol).
Then I took a wet rag and lightly rubbed until I could see some of the white paint and glass underneath.
I really do like how this one turned out. Even though it’s not a navy blue I like how it looked in my patriotic display with the US flag in it. You can see that on my Room With a Past shelf.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like these:
- How to Paint a Simple Black Jewelry Box
- Memphis Blue Jewelry Box Makeover
- Memphis Blue Chalkboard Table
Thanks for reading! If you try this leave me a message with a link to your finished project. I’d love to see what you do! Originally published Jun 23, 2014.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim