Thrift Store Glass Made New ~ Budget DIY

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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?

Thrift Store Glassware Display | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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.) 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.

Thrifted Assortement of Glass Vases and Jar | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, give each piece a good cleaning with hot soapy water and let dry completely. Once dry, you will need isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a couple cotton balls to wipe down any surface you want to paint. This give the glass a prepped surface to start.

Use Alcohol to Clean Thrifted Glass | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Cleaning Thrifted Glass with Alcohol | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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?

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Rustoleum Robin's Egg Blue Spray Paint | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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.

Spray Painting Thrifted Glass | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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.

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Here is my set after only one coat…

First Coat of Paint on Thrifted Glass | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Top View of Thrifted Glass Painted | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You can even spray the inside if you like, but I don’t feel it is necessary. 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. 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.

Thrifted Glass into Coordinating Collection for Display by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Robin's Egg Blue Thrifted Glassware by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that soft color absolutely beautiful? Not bad for some cast-off glassware – a gold mine of unwanted decor.

Shabby Chic Collection of Painted Thrifted Glass by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Silverware Display in Thrifted Glass by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Pink Phlox in Painted Vase by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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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DIY: Thrift Store Glass into Coordinating Collection by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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14 Comments

  • Dina molino

    Just love what you do with everyone’s ‘junk’! Really shows your creativity AND what we all could do instead of just buy buy buy. Be blessed and continue to show us what we can do.

    July 29, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Dina! I tell me kids that even if I were monetarily rich, I would still be doing what I’m doing. It’s too much fun and makes sense! 😀

      July 29, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply
  • GWEN

    left a message on your guest blog – i cannot see a link to show me what you did with the thrift store glass……

    July 29, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Gwen, did the links in the post not work?

      July 29, 2015 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Kari

    Oh I love Field Trips and just got back from checking you out on Best Laminate. I report back that Larissa Girl – you just showed us how to make our own vintage Milk Glass! Most people think of it in white only but it came colored too. Check it out and you will see how similar particularly the textured pieces are of the vintage Milk Glass – you just never cease to amaze me! https://www.google.ca/search?q=colored+milk+glass&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&rlz=1I7ACGW_enCA408CA408&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CCoQ7AlqFQoTCPvcnNaBgccCFYg5PgodrdUHgQ&biw=1366&bih=597

    July 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! Milk glass is one of my favorites in all colors – so versatile and easy to style. Thanks for the fun read!

      July 30, 2015 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Karen

    So cute! Now I have to rethink the box of junk I was about to donate ! Did you mix your own paint color? I really love the softness of the aqua.

    July 30, 2015 at 1:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Karen! Yes, there’s so much we can do with what we already have, isn’t there? The details on the paint I used and the process are over on my guest post at Best Laminate. If you click the link, you can see it all there. 😉

      July 30, 2015 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Becky Delson

    Am curious…how do you clean the vases once the flowers have wilted? Is this paint okay to soap and rinse?

    February 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I have just soaked them in a soapy sink and cleaned with a soft cloth. The paint has held well. And in a worst case scenario, it doesn’t take much to spray it again. 😉 Hope that helps!

      February 23, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Susan

    So pretty Larissa! I love that they all match 🙂

    July 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Susan! There just has to be a use for all that glassware, right? 😀

      July 14, 2016 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    These are gorgeous. I am saving this tip for a future project!

    April 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm Reply
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