If there was a paint project that changed my DIY life it was when I learned how to paint glass. Until that afternoon, it never occurred to me that I was allowed to paint glass.
How to Paint & Repurpose Glass
Which was funny because I have painted alot of things, that in hindsight, should not have been painted. Like my roots.
My family argues that I tend to be dramatic, but this painted glass discovery was nothing short of life changing.
It was a Saturday afternoon and my sister and I had spent most of the day painting a cherry stained hutch. It was our first time using chalk paint and we were both overwhelmed. So to move the project along I just took the roller over the glass shelves.
I love the finished look. Everything pops from the hutch and cabinets. Even my camera celebrated the fun and benefits of painted glass.
How to Paint Glass
Step 1. Gather up a few glass accessories. Maybe not the most expensive accessories, but maybe something like this glass milk jug from Sprouts.Just in case it goes south it is always good to start with an inexpensive jar or vase.
Step 2. Primer + Paint combination is the best invention ever. It provides an easier path to a finished project. It is like a two-fer for grown-ups.
Here is a fun read about the history of spray paint!
Step 3. Decide on your paint method. In most cases I prefer using a can of spray paint. It is under $4.00 and requires no brush cleanup. However, spray paint is not without its issues. The nozzle can be prone to runaway drips and bumps if it is rushed. But, it works well with little nooks and crannies. Spray paint worked great when I finished this vinyl project.
When I painted the glass shelves in my hutch I used a roller and and angled brush for the corners.
Step 4. Repeat Step 2 after sufficient dry time.
Step 5. There is no Step 5. You are done! Woohoo! Painting glass meant a lot of dated glass accessories got a second, repurposed life. And, if you have been a reader for a while you know I love a good upcycle project.
The Wonder of Glass Accessories
Learning how to paint glass opened up a world for my stashed milk glasses. Think about all the glass in your house hiding in plain sight.
Like finger painting, painting glass accessories is fun and virtually foolproof! Every stroke of the brush or spray painted swoosh creates a fresh coat of paint across a shiny glass surface. I think it might just be the grown-up version of finger painting.
Here is another fun, slightly addictive project for your walls!