September 3, 2012

Jumping on the Painted Glass Bandwagon

With the long, holiday weekend, and since I completed the makeover of my side table, which I need something pretty to display on, I decided to jump on the painted glass bandwagon. After some thought and finding some inspiration...


I decided to give the painted jars a try. Seems like everyone is trying this, so why not me too, right? After rummaging around my house, I found a few items...and then went and picked up a few inexpensive items to experiment on first. :) I feel the need to be crafty, but don't want to mess up some of my pieces, so going to experiment on the little ones first. Here are the items for the makeover:

painted glass

After a bit of research on the type of paints one can use, different applications (inside vs outside), etc. I dug in. I used paint made especially for glass and opted for painting the outside. No worries about water this way. I tried spray painting first. I admit, this did not go as planned. I was hoping this would be a way to avoid streaking. This did not hold true. Maybe the brand of spray paint wasn't good. It came out VERY watery and made a mess. The can says it can be used on glass, so maybe that is the consistency of this type of spray paint. ????? Regardless, this didn't work, as you can see.

painted glass

painted glass

Not ready to give up, I purchased some acrylic paint made for glass. Better results. I tried applying this over the spray paint to see if these little guys could be salvaged. It took several coats, but they are to a place I can live with. Since fall is around the corner, I turned these votive candle holders into pumpkins. Aren't they cute?

painted glass


Feeling much better about the process, I kept going. Here are the before and afters:

painted glass

painted glass

painted glass

After attempting painting the outside of the above pieces, I decided to try the inside of the next piece. Poured in a lot of paint and started swirling...and swirling...and swirling...


painted glass

I let the inside of the main portion of the vase dry before tackling the bottom. I used the same technique, dump and swirl! I LOVE how this one turned out! The color is called coffee bean, but looks exactly like melted chocolate, maybe that's why I love it so much.


painted glass

I also remembered a couple of jars with covers on them in my bathroom for cotton balls and Q-tips. There is nothing special about them....

painted glass

painted glass

Well, NOW there is...

painted glass

I added Q-tips and a cotton ball (with hot glue) so we would know which was in each, and added some green twine to add an addition touch of color. My bathroom is accented in yellow and green, so this was perfect! I sprayed these (and the blue vase) with a clear glaze. I sprayed the glaze over the attached Q-tips and cotton ball as well, in the hopes of keeping some of the dust off of them.

This was fun but took some trial and error. After experimenting with painting the outside and then the inside, the inside works MUCH better. Pros and cons of each:

Inside-
  • Less streaking, if any
  • Less time
  • Use more paint
Outside-
  • Lots of streaking
  • Many coats
  • Use less paint
If you are thinking about trying something like this, GO.FOR.IT!  I am very happy with my results. Just be patient, it requires a long drying time.

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10 comments :

  1. Beautiful! My favorite ones are the glass pumpkins!!! Very clever idea.

    Dee

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  2. Thanks Dee! I really like them, too. I put them on a shelf in my living room and they make me smile each time I walk by. Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you come back!

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  3. Loves it. I really enjoy painting on glass. You did a fantastic job. thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks Debbie! It was really fun. Everyone should try it at least once!

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  5. The pumpkins are adorable! I would love for you to link up to It’s a Party on Thursday (actually it starts tonight)!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks Terri! Funny how they looked so horrible to start out but turned out so darn cute. I would love to link-up. I will be there!

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  7. They turned out so good! Thank you for sharing your tips. Visiting from A Creative Princess. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  8. Thank you Kathryn! I would love to join the Pretty Monday Party! Thanks for inviting me. :)

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  9. Guess what, Laurie Ann?! You were one of the top 5 most viewed links on It's a Party and will be one of the features tomorrow! Thank you for linking up!

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  10. Wow! That is so awesome! I am so excited, Terri! Thank you for hosting the link party! woohoo!

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