Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DIY: Faux Milk Glass Vases

I wanted to share the DIY project that I entered into Ruffled's Found Tucked Away and Used Today DIY Contest. I personally think that DIY is at it’s best when it saves you money and time while adding a special touch that enhances your wedding or event. Vintage milk glass is beautiful, but I know first hand how hard it can be to track down good pieces without spending hours driving around, scouring the internet, or paying a fortune. So I wanted to replicate the look of milk glass on a budget using some vintage glass vases and glossy white spray paint.

What you’ll need:
- Assorted vintage glass vases (I found mine at a local thrift store, 9 pieces for $5)
- Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
- Brown craft paper or newspaper
- Latex gloves
- White glossy spray paint (I used Krylon Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Gloss White)
Instructions:
Step 1: Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or paper towel to remove any sticky residue from the vases. Wash vases with soap and dry completely.
Step 2: Lay down paper on your spraying surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake spray paint for 1-2 minutes before spraying. Shake between sprays as well. Wearing gloves, work from side to side spraying vases with spray paint. Don’t get too close to the vase to avoid drips/runs. (No need to spray paint the inside of the vases, just do the tops; spraying the inside then using them for flowers with water will cause the inside paint to flake off).
Step 3: Rotate vase until covered, let dry a few minutes before adding a second coat. Let dry completely.

The results: I wanted to set up a cute vintage + springy tablescape to display the vases, and used white stock, yellow rannuculus and red tulips for a simple yet lush arrangements. I used a vintage strawberry print tablecloth and napkins, a red quilted table runner, strawberry sodas, white plates topped with glass salad plates spray painted blue on the bottom, and red velvet cupcakes with marzipan stawberries on top as a sweet treat.
Voting for the winner of the contest starts soon over at Ruffled, I'll post a link when voting opens up! ♥

10 comments:

  1. Loved this - you are such a creativity star Annie!

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  2. What a neat idea! Thank you!

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  3. I loved your project - I was thinking of doing the same thing. I have been saving many clear jugs and bottles to use at my wedding, but I was afraid that spray painting them would look, well, spray painted. Yours don't look like that at all. I'll have to try it! Thanks.

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  4. super cute! I love the milk glass look!

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  5. beautiful flower pot.i really like your method to make cute them nice.just use our paint to create decorative colored glass, industrial colored glass, architectural colored glass, and more.

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  6. this is so cool! such a neat idea. love your table setting!

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  7. Love this...I am going to try it out!
    DAisy~

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