You know how sometimes people say imitation is the best form of flattery? Well… I don’t know if I buy that, but consider this post flattery to the MAX! I saw this image somewhere sometime and it instantly burned into my brain. It’s from the incredibly talented Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. Knowing her, she spend months and months and months curating and collecting. I started looking at the flea market one weekend and immediately felt discouraged and impatient. So… I reached out to my friends at DecoArt, they sent me some of their glass stain (affiliate) and I made my own!
DIY RAINBOW GLASS
It started with a trip to the thrift store. Basically, any glass that was short enough to fit in our kitchen shelves and had a 50% off sticker came home with me. I was lucky and there was some legit colored glassware there so I grabbed those too.
I definitely learned a few tips and tricks as I worked. I made a video to help demonstrate my technique… if you don’t feel like watching… no biggie, I’ve shared the steps in writing also.
Use the right brush… softer is better and the ones I used are made for glass paint. It streaks REALLY easily if there’s excess paint so a brush that applies a uniform coat to begin with is best.
Painted Glass Tip 2
Go easy. I wanted rich dark colors so the first go around, I LOADED up the glass with paint… as you can see… there are lots of brush strokes and drips and it looks like a glass that I painted instead of colored glass.
Painted Glass Tip 3
Move quickly. The technique that ultimately worked best for me was to squirt a thin line of paint and then go back and forth with the brush until a very thin coat had covered the glass. I worked parallel to the glass so drips wouldn’t form as easily. The paint starts to cure pretty fast so I could go back and forth over my glass maybe 3 times. Once the paint begins to set, you’ll see that the brush will make an obvious brush stroke.
Painted Glass Tip 4
Smooth glass is easier. Any glass with patterns will naturally collect paint in the depressions which lends itself to drips.
Painted Glass Tip 5
Clean the glass really well before painting. I should mention… this glass collection is TOTALLY decorative. At least the ones I painted are… although this paint is non-toxic, the DecoArt website says it should not come in contact with food or drink.
Isn’t it SOOOOO dang pretty?! I can’t even tell which glasses have been painted and which ones are colored. This little set of shelves in our kitchen is now such a happy little moment as I walk into the rest of the house! DIY for the win!