Today, I have a fun project that most anyone can do utilizing a sort of “gold mine” if you will. Have you ever been to a garage sale or seen those dreaded collections of thrift store glass vases and dishes? They are aching to pawn off that cheap glassware left over from a wedding or a recent bouquet. We’ve all been there, right?
Let me show you how to create some gorgeous decor and make use of those unwanteds by using paint. Here is what I chose on my latest thrift store run only spending around $5 for the entire lot. (You can even find some for free at garage sales too.) To start, I picked a collection of varying sizes and different designs – that will help make this project unique. Don’t be afraid to grab bowls, candy dishes, and even plates to mix it up.
First, give each piece a good cleaning with hot soapy water and let dry completely. The, once dry, you will need isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a couple cotton balls to wipe down any surface you want to paint. This gives the glass a prepped surface to start.
It should only take a minute or two for that to dry and then you’re ready to paint! One of my new-found loves is Rust-Oleum’s new collection of matte finish spray paints. For this project, I choose the Robin’s Egg Blue. Isn’t it pretty?
Last, start by holding the can upright and level with your glass. Begin to spray before you hit the glass, and continue past – this will prevent an uneven coat.
When spraying, pretend you’re working like a clock, and you want to hit every hour. I’m saying this because you want every angle to get the same even coating and by overlapping slightly and turning yourself every angle will give you an nice even finish.
Here is my set after only one coat…
You can even spray the inside if you like, but I don’t feel it is necessary. Also, let the first coat dry for about an hour or so, depending on your temperature and humidity. Give it a second coat and let cure for about 4 hours or overnight for best results. In addition, you can clean these, if need be, with warm soapy water and a gentle touch. They should last for a while and can be touched up if chipped or let it ride as time-worn distressing.
When you’re done, you will have an awesome coordinating set that you can use to display collections, floral arrangements, and even hosting a party.
Isn’t that soft color absolutely beautiful? Not bad for some cast-off glassware – a gold mine of unwanted decor.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY project, and please feel free to ask any questions. Happy thrift store glass hunting!
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