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How to Paint a Glass Vase {tutorial}

It’s no secret that I love color in my house. I have yellow chevron curtains (yes, they are the background for theses photos), bright pillows on my couch, and a turquoise ruffled lamp.

One really easy way to add a pop of color into your decor is with a painted vase. These look great with flowers inside, or just sitting on a shelf empty.

The best part of this project is that you paint the INSIDE of the vase, so it looks really great and glossy on the outside and since we’re using enamel paint instead of regular acrylic, it’s super durable!!! You can even put flowers with water inside and the paint will hold up.

And they are so easy {and cheap}, you’ll want to make a bunch of them!


So, today I’m going to show you how to paint a glass vase. All you need is a plain glass vase and some enamel paint.

I got my vase at the thrift store for 75 cents. Make sure to wash your vase, so it’s nice and clean before you paint it.

Make sure you are using ENAMEL paint. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $1.89. They have a bunch of different colors.

Pour your paint into the vase and swirl it around until the entire inside of the vase is covered.

Just to be clear, I used an entire 2 ounce bottle for this vase, which I’d say is an average size, maybe medium vase. This paint is really thick, which is why it sticks to the glass and stays put. So pour a bunch in, swirl it around, and if you’ve got too much, just dump out the excess. Besides taking a long time to dry, there’s nothing wrong with using too much paint.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about drying time. I would say to be safe, let your vase dry for a good week before you put anything in it. I used a really THICK coat of paint, and it took a long time to dry. Just let it dry a day or two after you think it’s dry, and you’ll probably be good.

You might need to use a paintbrush to get the entire inside coated. Just make sure you don’t leave streaks with your paintbrush.

And that’s it! I love these so much, I made a bunch in different colors.

And just in case you’re worried that your paint inside isn’t exactly smooth…. neither is mine.

I absolutely love these cute, colorful vases up on my “nic-nac” shelf.

Pretty cute, right?

And, did you notice that little yellow ball in the small vase?

It’s on of my Spring Kissing Balls. You can find the tutorial {here}

So, grab an old vase and some enamel paint, and get yourself busy adding little pops of color all over your house!

How do you add some color into your house? We all have our little tips and tricks, so come on! I want to know your secrets!


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