Martha Stewart Glass Paint

I am excited to be back here with another post after a busy weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed the weather. We had one day at over 100 degrees and another at mid 70’s. Amazing how the weather can change so quickly.

I have been working on a ton of projects. I found a glass vase for $3 at the Alameda Antique Faire last weekend. Check out some of my other finds here.

This vase feels a little dated, and there are hundreds of vases like this sitting in thrift stores across America, just waiting to be brought home and painted!

Glass Vase

I decided to try my hand at painting glass…it’s definitely not as easy as it looks!

My first inspiration was a photo, circulating around on pinterest, of Elmers Glue Painted Mason Jars. So bright and pretty, right?!?


This method actually looked ok with my first attempt. I used gel food coloring for a brighter finish and Elmer’s glue. The problem is this finish cannot withstand a drop of water. So in my book they are not really usable. I was kind of disappointed. The good news is the glue, aka “paint,” peeled right off so I could move onto plan B.

I was hoping for an orange finish to tie in with my outdoor furniture…I ultimately went with this Paint:

(first in orange and then in blue)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, just my humble opinion

Martha Stewart Glass Paint

I used the orange transparent gloss glass paint first:

Orange glass paint transparent

It just didn’t turn out bright enough. In the future I think I will use the opaque paint for better coverage and a brighter color.

This paint washed off right away when it was wet, but don’t think it would have after it started drying.

I was happy I had also bought blue paint as a back up plan  Plan C

Here is the finished blue vase, the paint goes a long way…I had a little extra already out of the bottle so I also painted a mason jar.

Blue Martha Stewart Glass Painted Vase

You can see a few drops of water, but they are on the inside of the vase and were not permanent.

After blue glass paint

Here is a side by side version of my DIY vase and mason jar and the Cost Plus Candle Holders (the look I was going for).

Glass Paint Comparison

I think they turned out great. There is a more turquoise color of this paint that I think would also be cool and closer to the Cost Plus version.

The paint was easy to use and this project (by the time I finally decided on the paint) took only about 15 minutes. I let them dry overnight and then placed them on a cookie sheet and into a cold oven. I set the oven to 350 degrees and baked for 30 minutes. Now they are Dishwasher Safe!!

Glue Glass Paint Vase

Here is another look for a different view of what the finish looks like.

Finished Blue Glass Vase Painted

The Martha Stewart Team has tons of ideas on their website for glass paint and glass etching. Both are easy and a great way to update a tired glass piece. They also sell skinny tape and stencils so you can add your own designer touch.

Have you painted glass? Would love to hear how it turned out for you :-)

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  2. My stepmother and I recently worked on a project with painted glass for an outdoor wedding. She used various colors on mason jars. We used a type of floral wire to create a handle, then tied colored raffia around the necks, lit tea light candles in each one, then hung them from the large boxwood tree where the ceremony was to be held. They came out really nice. Not as vibrant as we had hoped, and you do have to be careful with water! (we didn’t think to bake them to set). But all in all we were happy with the results.

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