How I Made Glass Vases Look Like Pottery!

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I had a bunch of glass vases and lying around that just weren't doing it for me anymore. So I decided to upgrade them using some old paint I had laying around.

I went with a tan color because I wanted the vases to look like stone/pottery and mixed it with a K-Cup of coffee grinds and 2 table spoons of baking soda.

I wanted the consistence to be chunky to create more texture.

This vase in particular had a lot of pattern but wasn't my style. I feel that the more the texture the original piece has, the better the paint looks.

Then I got to work using a paint brush.

I wasn't too concerned about putting the paint on thin or even uniform since I feel like pottery wouldn't be perfectly formed.

Don't forget the inside! Maybe this step isn't necessary if you plan to put things in the vase but I preferred to do it so that the look was complete.

My 2 year old saw me doing this and wanted in so I recruited her and she was having a lot of fun painting the containers so I kept looking for more and more old glass containers to pain!

I think we ended up with a little more then we needed but its better she had fun with them rather then them collecting dust on a shelf somewhere.

Perfect vases for the Fall in the Air!

I also had these candy dishes/cups for pumpkin season I usually put out but this year I decided to give them an extra hint of pizaz.

Using the same technice as above, I painted the inside and outside of the containers.

Using the same technique as above, I painted the

I think I love these even more then the originals!

Perfect for my succulents

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  • Kim
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Great idea, will be my next project. Out of curiosity, what is the purpose of the baking soda? Thanks!

    • CMHolt
      on Oct 6, 2020

      Baking soda thickens the paint and gives it a grainy texture

  • CMHolt
    on Oct 20, 2020

    I took this in a slightly different direction, thank you for the inspiration....I dry brushed the high spots and sealed with Modpodge

  • Sandra
    9 minutes ago

    I have some Plaster of Paris that I bought for a project that I never did. Could you mix Plaster of Paris in the paint instead of the coffee grounds and baking soda? I think that might even work better?

    • Sandra
      2 minutes ago

      I'm also wondering if roughing up the surface of the glass with sandpaper would help the paint adhere better.

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  • Linda Jameson
    on Sep 26, 2020

    Wow I wonder if someone is sorry now?

    • Janice
      on Oct 7, 2020

      I doubt it.....most things that are done can be undone with some work. I imagine these could be soaked in hot soapy water overnight and could be returned to original if one wanted to go to the work.

  • Alicia
    on Oct 13, 2020

    That vase is a Partylite vase

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