Did you know you can paint glass? It never occurred to me.
Until I painted the glass shelves of my dining room hutch I had no idea I could paint glass. I got stuck on the details; how does the paint stick to the glass? Won’t it just peel right off? What if I hate the finished look? And, so on and so on.
It’s a wonder I ever get anything done….
I was curious, but cautious. Especially after my experience with chalk paint ended with mixed results and a drained checking account. Last summer my sister and I painted a cherry stained hutch. The white paint and glass shelves and cabinet doors was overwhelming.
I cringed at the photo below with the white strand of lights…
It was too much glass and it made the hutch feel too pretty and formal for my dining room. My goal for this space was to create a more comfortable room that would be used year round and not for a day in November and December.
The yards of glass was throwing off my vision!
This is a close up of the interior of the hutch. As the photo illustrates, I am not the neatest painter. I get antsy to finish and with my sister in town I was ready to put down the paint brush.
I am so happy I got over the “what-ifs.” Here’s a clue; it’s the same technique as painting any other flat surface! Except- it’s so much easier people! There’s no texture that requires doubling back to get the crevices and bumps. It’s a smooth surface!
It may have been the paint on the edges of the glass that sparked my curiosity? I decided I could spend an hour scraping the chalk paint off the glass or I could paint the entire glass sides and shelves. I went with option #2.
I decided to go for it and figure out how to paint glass. I decided worst case scenario I scrape and peel the paint off the mirror and glass shelves.
I used Benjamin Moore Mascarpone (with a primer) to paint the side glass panels. I followed with the mirror, using a foam roller to spread the paint. That’s all I had to do to change the look of a formal hutch.
I loved the look and the paint decreased the impact of the glass doors and shelves. The change was dramatic. This is what painted glass looks like…you would not know if I hadn’t told you.
This is the finished painted glass. I love it. My family never noticed the glass was painted. Behind the ceramic pumpkin and plates is painted glass. The paint warmed up the hutch and toned down the glass, making it less formal and more cozy for the dining room.
I love it!!!!
Seriously! It is so easy to paint glass and the results are dramatic. And, here’s the best part; if you hate the look or the color… it’s nothing a scraper can’t scrape. I may paint it a different color for each season!
Linking to: 21 Rosemary Lane Across the Blvd. Handy Man Crafty Woman
Grandmas House DIY says
Wow, I had no idea you could paint glass, love the look 🙂 Also, we just started the To Grandma’s House we go link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too, thanks 🙂
Hi Tarahlynn- Hey I tried visiting your blog and I couldn’t link up to the party and to follow you on bloglovin. Technical glitch on my end I think… I’ll be back to visit! laura
That’s so good to know!
It’s so easy! Thanks Heather! Hope you are having a great week!
Sara Syrett says
I love this! I have painted glass with chalkboard paint, but never thought of painting it like this. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! Visiting from http://www.twelveonmain.com. Have a great week!
Laura Nuss says
Thanks Sara! laura
I love how this looks! I’ve painted wood on the back of china cabinet but never glass. This turned out great!