DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware

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Isn’t it thrilling to find something for a few pennies at the thrift store and transform it with just a little love?  Even more thrilling is a product that helps you do just that, like Plaid’s brand new Martha Stewart Glass Paint line at Michaels.  I turned a ho-hum wine decanter and two oddball glasses into a vintage inspired bar set, perfect for fall wine tastings and romantic dinners for two {after the kids go to bed, of course… do you know what those guys DO to glassware around here?}

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Once you have the Martha Stewart paint and stencils in hand, it’s not hard to find something to paint.  In fact, it’s pretty hard to find something you don’t want to paint!  In order to keep myself from painting everything in sight, I set out to my local thrift to find the perfect piece.  While browsing, I stumbled upon two retro glasses and {in a separate aisle} a wine decanter.  The decanter, as it turns out, is being sold for $65 retail at a store we all know and love– but this day, it was sitting all by itself for 50 cents.  With my “set” purchased for under $2 total, they were homeless no more and ready for a makeover.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

These are the six colors I was sent to play with.  The paints come in various sheens and levels of translucence, making choosing just one to use for this project awfully tough.  But I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose the frost paint in Surf– which just so happens to be my favorite color.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Because she’s brilliant like that, the Martha Stewart stencils are adhesive.  This makes it easy to apply to curved surfaces and have crisp edges– both of which I needed to give these curvy items some personality.  Here’s the set I received– letters and numbers and a few borders to jazz them up:

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Check out the various tools in the Martha Stewart line, there’s one for every purpose!

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}
DIY Painted Glassware Tutorial

Step One:  First, be sure to wash the glassware thoroughly.  I used warm soapy water and followed up with some rubbing alcohol swiped across the spot where I would place the stencils.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Step Two:  Apply the stencil.  If you are using several letters to spell a word, be aware you may need to overlap the edges to get the proper spacing.  I did mine one letter at a time, let it dry a few minutes (the paint dries quickly!) then moved on to the next letter.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Step Three:  I used an aqua frost color for this application.  Take your pouncer (Martha calls them pouncers, in the past I’ve referred to them as spouncers in case I’m confusing you) and tap it in the paint.  Tap excess paint onto another surface so you aren’t using too much.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Then, tap over the stencil.  Continue to tap (or, pounce) until the entire open area is covered.  Once it’s dry for a few minutes, move on and do the next letter.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Something to be aware of: you’ll want to be sure to use the same density of paint for all your letters.  The first time I tried it, some letters had thicker paint than others and with the frost sheen you do need to watch out for that.  If you do need to take paint off and try again, it’s as easy as a swipe with a paper towel as long as you do it right away.

Step Four:  Center the border stencil over the words.  As you can see, it got a little wrinkled but I made sure all the dots were pushed firmly down so the paint didn’t seep and it turned out great.  Once in place, apply paint as directed above.

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

Step Five:  Let it fully set for 24 hours before using the decanter and glasses.

Now, my plain glass pieces are jazzed up and waiting for a wine-and-cheese night.  Or, in this case, a spiced apple ‘juice’ afternoon.  :: hiccup ::

How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

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Look around right now… what could you paint with the Martha Stewart glass paint line?  And who’s joining me to test out the new set?  That “yours” glass is calling YOUR name!

 How to Paint Glass Using Martha Stewart Glass Paint {DIY Vintage Inspired Glassware Set}

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23 Comments

  1. Oooh, I LOVE that oval stencil! Great job, that set looks beautiful!! 🙂

  2. I love love love this so much! I like how they look etched, not just painted. And I can’t wait to try these glass paints because I’ve had a specific project in mind using glass paints!

  3. I love this. These paints and stencils look so easy to use. Love what you’ve created!!

    1. Thanks Karah! There is a little bit of a learning curve with the paints, mostly because I kept making the paint too thick. But once I got the hang of it, it was love all the way!

  4. Fabulous idea. Maybe I should personalize glasses for Valentine’s Day or our anniversary. This would be a great DIY project for a wedding too.

  5. I love things that are really cute yet modern. What a sweet gift this would make!

    1. It’s so funny you say that, “cute and modern” is totally my design style. You nailed it with that comment!

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  7. Do you recommend curing the paint in the oven at all? I’ve seen other tutorials that recommend baking the painted glassware…

    1. Hi Lucinda! I didn’t cure mine, but I’ll be honest– my mother-in-law washed the glasses in the dishwasher so the words came off the cups. I’d have to reread the paint directions, but if that’s a step they recommend then I’d do it so that you won’t have that problem.

  8. Whenever I use a spouncer it makes the paint foamy and awful looking. How do you do it?

    1. That’s definitely happened to me before too, Brooke! I try to do it pretty gently and squeeze out the air bubbles, and also it helps to do several ‘light’ layers as opposed to one ‘paint heavy’ one. Hope that helps!

    1. Justine, I hand wash it now. One of the glasses went through the dishwasher and it did wash it off, but handwashing hasn’t been an issue. Hope that helps!

  9. You have inspired me! You have a way of making simple things like glassware very special! thanks for sharing so much ideas.

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