My vase painting experiments

Inspired by this Martha Stewart Weddings post about painting glass vases from within, I have been experimenting with painting vases, but haven’t had a sucessful result to share until now.

I used the paint and technique described in the Martha post, and actually had the rather expensive Porceline 150 paint peel / get scraped off of the inside of the glass by the flower stems almost instantly.   After further research, it looks like you are meant to heat set these paints in a home oven, which I did not do (I don’t remember seeing that on the label, but found it on the products website).   So they probably deserve another day in court.

This time though, I did a small test on a sweet little bud vase from a set given to me by my future mother and sister in law.  Because it worked so well with this one, I think I’ll try it with the rest of the set, painting their insides different colors that coordinate with our house!

I used regular old Glidden interior home paint – in an eggshell finish, from the local Home Depot for this project.  I bought a tester, but the project took up a lot of the tester size (you pour paint and roll it around for a thick, even finish with no brushstrokes and it takes more paint to coat it than brushing would) so if I were painting multiple full sized vases, I’d buy a bigger size.

For this project all you need is a clean glass container, the paint, a disposable container to pour the excess out into, and paper towels to dry them on.

Here is my painted bud vase with the paint I used:

diy wedding centerpiece idea painted vases glass paint

And here’s the little guy filled with water and thistle (I let it dry for several days; I don’t recommend letting them dry upside down because too much paint will run out of the vases.)  The p aint hasn’t scraped off, and hasn’t killed the thistle instantly or anything.  I would like to fill the next one with a more delicate flower just to make sure that the paint doesn’t equal death to the flower.

But so far, so good!

This would be a great way to dress up dollar store vases or collected containers and make them match any wedding color scheme.  I’d like to try it on a vase next time that has a thicker bottom or sides, that way the fact that they’re painted from the inside will really be highlighted.  You can also see some extra paint around the rim of the vase in one of these photos – it peels off if you scrape it and can be touched up at the end, I just missed a few spots here ; )

I can’t wait to  make a whole collection of these, I have three of these little guys and three taller cousins in a set that will soon be matching!

I also love the all white look of this same project as done on this blog.  And here’s another that shows a whole assortment in similar coordinating colors to what I chose.

February 7, 2011 - 8:24 am

janet - What a fantastic project! Thanks for all of the pointers!

February 7, 2011 - 11:23 pm

Paula Rae - Hi Kate!

Just a little tip, as noted in the fine print of your linked blog.. if you mix the interior enamel paint with a touch of White Spirit, it will help flow around the inside of your vase, and perhaps you won’t need quite so much to cover the it for the same opaque effect… While slightly toxic, as any paint thinner or paint product will be, the White Spirit is helpful in this case!

February 9, 2011 - 1:00 am

stelensmith - Its really awesom……. i have no words to say anything.

February 12, 2011 - 8:44 am

Kate - Thank you! I’m still perfecting this one for sure – will get some White Spirit pronto. Wonder if that helps the enamel paint harden a bit more too? In this experiment the paint didn’t peel or crack, but it did smudge just a bit when the water sat in it for a while. It wasn’t really detectable to the casual observer, but I’d like to find some way to have it dry crystal hard. Do you know whether the paint negatively affects cut flowers? It didn’t seem to bother the thistle, but they’re tough little buggers!

March 5, 2011 - 1:20 am

DIY Centerpieces Of Marriage – Painted Vases In Glass. Flagship Of The Cadet | Glass Vase Reviews - […] I like the white appearance of the same project as fact on this blog. ?And here’s another which presents a complete assortment of color coordination similar to what I chose. See DIY Wedding Centerpieces – Painted Glass Vases | Floret Cadet. […]

September 7, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lindsay - I have recently tried painting the inside of a glass vase as well! after using special glass paint and not having luck, I decided to try the design master floral / multi-purpose paint (because I had some laying around). I painted the inside of a mason jar then once it dried, filled it with water – So far so good, and it looks like stained glass! My concern is that the chemicals, fumes… will potentially kill flowers.

September 7, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Kate - Let me know how it goes! Good idea…I will have to try that

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