Painting glass with milk paint

Tips on painting glass with milk paint - My Painted Door (.com)

I found these cute jars upstairs in the attic when I bought this old building. They all say Vacuum on them and have a slight indent on the side of them where a tiny spoon can fit and you can still put the lid on. Where are the lids, you ask? I've been wondering the same thing. I would imagine they are packed up in the basement somewhere.

There are two very different looks you can achieve when painting glass with milk paint. The first is definitely a well-worn look. I painted these jars with one very thick coat of Sweet Pickins milk paint in flour sack. (I mixed up 2 tbsp paint and about 1 1/2 tbsp water). I did not add Extra Bond to the paint. Once the paint dried I sanded the jars with a medium/fine grit sanding block. The paint stuck well in some areas and peeled right off in other areas. Keep in mind, it can be quite unpredictable as to how well the paint will stick on such a slick surface without using Extra Bond. I did not topcoat the jars with anything because I am just going to use them for pencil crayons and other stuff in my office. Normally you should topcoat with wax, tung oil or another product if you want to help protect the jars. 

Wouldn't these look wonderful filled with flowers for a outdoor garden party or wedding? 

Tips on painting glass with milk paint - My Painted Door (.com)

If you like things a little more predictable, this technique is for you. This time I mixed Extra Bond with the Sweet Pickins ocean milk paint to ensure it adhered well. I ended up putting on two coats of paint as one coat was a little too blochy for my liking. I did not add Extra Bond to the 2nd coat. Again, I sanded them with a sanding block and distressed along the edges a considerable amount. The paint stuck very well with the Extra Bond and I really had to work at distressing the edges. I then topcoated with Daddy's Van's furniture polish.

These little sundae and milkshake glasses are fun to paint and you can pick them up for about fifty cents at the thrift shops. Fill them with treats and they would make a wonderful little gift. 

Tips on painting glass with milk paint - My Painted Door (.com)

I picked up this number 7 sign at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop for .49 cents. It still had the original price tag of $7.99 from Winners on the back of it. Number 7 is my favorite number and I thought it would be a perfect little project to show you. I painted this one the exact same way I painted the glass milkshakes and sundae cups - Extra Bond on the first coat of paint, a second coat of paint (no Extra Bond), sanded and waxed with Daddy Van's. This is also painted in Sweet Pickins ocean. 

I certainly have a new perspective on thrift store shopping since I started using milk paint. Sometimes people think of using milk paint on only furniture, but there are so many other options - glass, metal, books. Milk paint can refresh so many old items you have around your own home.

Update: I've written another blog post with more photos and information about painting on glass: How to paint on glass with milk paint - Miss Mustard Seed's European Collection of milk paint.

Happy Painting!

Posted on March 26, 2014 and filed under milk paint.