Thursday, August 9, 2012

Faux Milk Glass

I was so inspired by last week's Craft of the Week (Live Gorgeously and her dollar store vases), I just had to go buy some myself. So I took the girls to our local thrift store and paid about $2 total for FIVE of my own vases. Except...although I LOVED Ashleigh's colors and the way they still looked crystal-like because she painted the inside...I decided to play it safe with white and paint the outside so they'd (fingers crossed) look like milk glass. And guess what? They actually do! Here's the before and after for ya:

Cool, right? I figure I won't ever get sick of 'em because they are, after all, just white, and I'll be able to use them in any room, alone or in a group. I can see them with greenery for Christmas, bittersweet berries for fall, or sunflowers in the summer. Or maybe if I ever get me some much-coveted built-ins, I'll paint the insides a cool color and let the white "ceramics" pop out like those in the pics below. Gosh, who knew buying some Krylon and painting some old vases would lead me to "require" my husband to build some bookcases...stat. So, I guess my $5 craft will be leading to a bit of a pricier project, which just proves to me what I've known all along. I've got a sickness.

I've been a bad blogger lately. Please forgive me for my lack of a tutorial on this one. But my crafts recently have been pretty straightforward. Anyway, for these, I simply cleaned them, (I had to use some Goof Off to get the prices off), let them dry completely, and sprayed them with white gloss spray paint. I tried semi-gloss first, but that didn't achieve the milk glass look. So I went over them again with gloss. That's it! I didn't even bother painting the inside past what was visible.

via Centsational Girl
via Better Homes & Gardens
via Young House Love

37 comments:

  1. I missed the tutorial on this, is there a link?

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    1. Hi Kari! Sorry, I didn't give a tutorial this time. Some of my crafting lately has been pretty straightforward, so I've been a lazy blogger and not given instructions. I'll post an addendum. Thx!

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    2. Did you ever post an update? Those are gorgeous and I want to make 'em, but no idea where to start. :)

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    3. Hi Keri-Ann...yeah, it's in italics in the post above. Truly, it isn't much of a tutorial because I literally just washed them, lined 'em up and sprayed them. I wish I could say it was harder because then it might seem more impressive. ;)

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    1. Thx for stopping by, Heather...hope you come back soon!

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  3. I like seeing how they turn out with the paint on the outside. Even though using craft paint on the inside is straightforward and easy, this seems even easier. Plus you should be able to use them as vases, whereas with the paint inside, that doesn't work without messing up the paint job. Good work!
    Liz

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    1. Those were my thoughts exactly Liz! I actually want to use these vases and I was afraid that if I painted the inside, it would ruin the paint job and probably kill the flowers too! Thx for stopping by!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love love LOVE this! Will you put up a tutorial sometime because I seriously want to do this exact same thing. It's so chic! Thanks for sharing :) New follower here. Yay for being blog friends! :)

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    1. Your comment made me smile so I immediately went to HHG and am following you now, too! Yay for blog buddies, indeed! As for a tutorial, I'd feel silly typing one up bc it's literally 2 steps. I lined the bottles up on a sheet after washing them, and sprayed them with a can of white gloss spray paint. I went over them twice. That's it!

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  5. These look amazing! I love the white color, and I'm glad to know they turned out so pretty with the paint on the outside. I always worry about painting the inside if you want to use them as a vase ever... Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  6. These turned out great! (I love using white paint to transform things.) Great idea painting the outside so they can still be used for fresh flowers!

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    1. I agree...the power of white paint is amazing! Thx for stopping by!

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  7. Very cool and very easy! My kind of project! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. They turned out so great! Just perfect. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY Showoff. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  9. Lovely project! And they definitely "need" some new shelves. I second that idea.

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    1. Thx Tanya! I'll let my husband know you agree with me! Thx for stopping by!

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  10. Love it!!! Can't wait to try it myself!

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  11. Love these! they for sure look like milk glass! Great job

    -Peggy

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  12. your vases look great!! They will look beautiful on those new bookcases you need now! I love your thinking!

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    1. Haha, i know, right? Unfortunately those will cost more than my Goodwill vases. Thx for stopping by!

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  13. Love! I made some of these a few weeks ago too!

    I would love it if you linked this up at my link party! You can find it here:

    http://thewellcraftedhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/well-crafted-wednesdays-18-link-party.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! I hope you'll come again...

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  14. i loove milk glass or any other white glasses...this is always on my list to try. this looks great, good for you!

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    1. It was soooo easy. You won't be disappointed! Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Have to try these. They turned out so pretty.
    I nominated you for the liebster award. you can check it out here:
    http://smalltownsmallbudget.blogspot.com/2012/08/liebster-liebster-whos-your-peepster.html
    thanks!!
    Amanda

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  16. This is a great project. I love milk glass. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  17. What sheen of spray paint did you use?

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    1. I started out with a flat finish, Krysti, but didn't care for that look. So I went over them again in a glossy white.

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  18. These are stunning..... and so simple! Thank you for the fantastic idea!

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  19. I tried spray paint but didn't get a good result, even with two coats. The paint ran and it looked thin and drippy. I ended up hand-painting them with white paint left over from when we painted our baseboards. It turned out okay, but still streaky. Any thoughts?

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    1. Hi Anne! I'm not sure what went wrong. I didn't have any paint drippage on my vases, but I have noticed in the past that certain things will affect spray painting. 1) Was the room warm enough? 2) Was the spray paint a trusted brand? 3) Did you spray too closely? 4) Was the vase clean, or might it have had a residue on it from a cleaner you used? The glass itself shouldn't have posed a problem. But I'm sorry to hear this didn't work out for you. Thanks for your comment.

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  20. Oh I LOVE these vases! As a new blogger, I am so happy to stumble across your blog- I love it! I can't wait to try this and post my results! :)

    Ally
    www.basicallybere.blogspot.com

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  21. Love the milk glasses. Have learned over the years, brand makes a difference. What brand of paint did you use?

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  22. I am excited to try this because-- I just moved into a little apartment and my kids bought me a white bookcase with 16 cubes from Ikea to replace my brown board and milk crates bookcase. I had 3 pieces of milk glass and used them on alternate cubes, checkerboard style and wanted more, BUT after down-sizing, I really don't want to spend money on décor. Of course, this down-sizing meant (groan) getting rid of my milk glass vases and only keeping 3 special pieces. So, I'm eager to try this!

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    1. Yay! I hope you love the way they turn out!

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