DIY Pastel painted glassware

Painted Glassware

Remember last week I was on a bit of a mission to brighten things up? Well I ended up getting a bit carried away, and after finishing the mirror I started to think of other things to do with the paint I have leftover from painting my flat.

In the end, I collected up a bunch of spare glassware, including bottle and glasses, and decided to give them a lick of paint on the inside. I was quite surprised by the results. If you use a similar palette for the different containers, and try to use glassware with different textures on the outside, the result is a set which is matching in tone but varied in texture. Which – I think – looks pretty effective. Also, using matt paint looks great because when you paint the inside, the glossiness of the glass really shows, which makes for another interesting contrast.

Try to use paint that isn’t too thick – although it needs to be thick enough to ‘stick’ to the glass.  I just used leftover wall paint and samples. You’ll need to get creative when getting the paint to cover awkwardly shaped bottles. I had to swirl, shake and swivel the bottles until, eventually, they were coated thoroughly. A paintbrush can help, but the only tool you really need is patience!

You will need

Old glassware – cleaned and dried thoroughly
Paint in complementary shades
Old newspaper
Paintbrushes [optional]

Painted Glassware

Step One Ok, so this isn’t rocket science! Pour in a big dollop of paint, and start to swirl. With the glasses, you can use a paintbrush, but the bottles were too narrow at the neck for a paintbrush so I just kept turning them until totally covered on the inside.

Painted Glassware

Painted Glassware

Step Two
Pour any excess paint out as you go along. When you’ve coated the inside of the container, leave it upside down to let it drip out as much as possible

Painted Glassware

Step three Clean the rim of the glassware while the paint is still damp, and leave to dry – this can take up to two days! Now fill with flowers, buttons, pins or whatever takes your fancy…

Painted Glassware
Painted Glassware
Painted Glassware

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

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7 Comments on DIY Pastel painted glassware

  1. Fiona
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 15:28 at 3:28 pm (11 years ago)

    i LOVE this! i want to make immediately.

  2. Rohini
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 15:28 at 3:28 pm (11 years ago)

    I know – me too! Rohini x

  3. Cat
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 19:07 at 7:07 pm (11 years ago)

    Do it! It’s so easy, I promise!
    Cat x

  4. Patchwork Harmony
    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 07:56 at 7:56 am (11 years ago)

    What a FAB idea for using up leftover paint & old glass ware! I might have to try this. I ESP love the pastel colours in the glasses. X x

  5. Jacquie
    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 12:53 at 12:53 pm (11 years ago)

    This must be the “hit thing” of the blogs! I’ve just read it on 3 different blogs today! But I must say, I like your DIY post the best… offered great step by step and it looks wonderful!! I wil have to keep this in mind for my next project!

  6. Beth
    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 17:36 at 5:36 pm (9 years ago)

    So simple it is crazy, I love the use of paint and random glasses etc. keeop the great ideas coming!

  7. Shaun Swales
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 09:23 at 9:23 am (8 years ago)

    What a great tutorial on how to decorate your own glassware !

    I am going to have a look at attempting this myself as the results look great, thank you for posting this!

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