how to paint glass
Did you know you can paint glass? It never occurred to me. Until I painted the glass shelves in my dining room hutch I did think I was allowed to 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.
Note to self: use a green strand of lights when paired with garland.
The white hutch and glass was too much; the result made the hutch look too formal and fancy. My goal for the dining room was to create a casual space to use year round and not for a day in November and December. The glass back, shelves and sides glared at me.
This is a close up of the interior of the hutch. As the photo illustrates, I was not the neatest painter. I was antsy to finish this chalk paint project. However, it was my sloppy paint job that sparked my curiosity to paint glass. With the slopping paint job I had two options:
- Spend an hour scraping the chalk paint off the glass or
- Paint the entire glass sides and shelves.
I went with option #2.
paint & glass technique |
I decided the worst case scenario was I would scrape the primer and paint off the glass if I hated the finished look. I used a foam roller to apply the paint & primer combination. Painting the glass changed the entire look of the hutch.
I am so happy I got over the “what-ifs.” Painting glass was the same technique as any other surface; except it was so much easier.
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 hutch’s painted glass. The space behind the ceramic pumpkin was 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!