Remember I showed you all in the post, “Martha Stewart I Love Thee”, the awesome boat loads of paint given to me by the sweet folks at Plaid/Martha Stewart? Their paint is multi-surface which meant it was perfect for glass also! Back in the winter I had come across some beautiful enamel painted vases on Pinterest by Sugar & Charm. She used them only for display, but I wanted to make mine to be used with water. This week I pulled out those paints and decided it was time to experiment and make Painted Glass Vases.
I headed off to Target in search of some inexpensive vases. I was pleased to find these tall column vases for $3 each. Sometimes you know something is just meant to be. As I pass a home décor aisle this beautiful table cloth called to me, “Kim! Take me home with you!” I ignored his cries and moved on. Yet, as I walked away his cries became louder…”You need me! I’ll look awesome on the outdoor table this summer”. My resistance broke down and I ran back to quickly claim the tablecloth and take him home. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)
Now that you know the sick power that Target has over me, let’s get onto making some painted vases shall we?
You will need the following:
Glass vase, Martha Stewart Crafts Paint, nail polish remover, disposable cups and stir sticks, parchment paper or foil, paper towel, and old cookie sheet.
The Martha Stewart multi-surface paint is nice and thick and you could just paint it on the inside of your vase, but for a smoother finish I recommend using a swirl and coat method. Now the paint says not to thin with water (but it will wash up nicely with water), so you will need to mix it with the nail polish remover.
1. For my tall vase I mixed 1 tablespoon of paint with 1 tablespoon of nail polish remover in a disposable cup. Mix the combination really well. If it seems too thick then add a bit more of the remover. I recommend doing this outside as the smell of the nail polish remover is quite strong.
2. Pour your paint mixture into your vase and swirl it around to completely coat the inside of the vase.
3. Pour the excess paint back into your cup and allow your vase to drain upside down on a folded paper towel. Place it on a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet. Allow it to drain for a few minutes and then turn it upright a allow it to dry over night. (Again I recommend you let it dry outside because of the nail polish smell).
4. The paint manufacturer recommends baking the painted glass at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I was worried about how my vase would fair in that high of temperature, so I baked my at 275 degrees for 2 hours. Do not preheat your oven. Place the vase upright on the lined cookie sheet and put it into a cold oven, then turn your heat on and bake. After the allotted time, turn off the oven and allow to cool inside. Your vase is now ready to hold water and it should be able to go through the dish washer even, according the the paint manufacturer (though I haven’t tried that yet).
This method using these paints will create a gorgeous opaque finish. If you are wanted a translucent finish I recommend you try the method I used for tinting my Glass Float Ornaments, just be sure to use Mod Podge.
The beautiful bright skittle-colored vases are perfect with the table cloth. Cheerful pops of color make me smile! Give Painted Glass Vases a try!
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AMENDMENT 5/11/12: I finally got around to washing the vases in the dishwasher, on the lower rack even, and they came out beautiful! Martha Stewart multi-surface paint rocks!
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