Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY Faux Milk Glass

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I love the look of milk glass so I thought I'd try making the faux version myself. Milk glass isn't too hard to find, but I wanted to swirl paint around inside of a glass, so I did!

I found this little vase in my dining room hutch. Score! I know, by the way I describe finding things, it sounds like I belong on Hoarders, Buried Alive. I've said this before - but I assure you, I don't have to climb a mountain of magazines and QVC boxes, to sleep on the corner of my living room chair.

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Anyway, back to the plan. I found this little vase. I took about 1/8 cup acrylic plain white paint and mixed it with 1 TBSP water in an old Tupperware thingy. I didn't find measurements anywhere - I just guessed. I wanted the paint thick enough to stick to the glass, but runny enough to swirl ! The swirling is the key!

I poured it in the vase and swirled it around. SUPER fun! (No, I don't get out much).

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I poured out the excess and let it drip on a large Ziploc bag, for about 1/2 hour.

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After that, I wiped the rim with a damp cloth, and just did a little touch-up with a small paint brush.

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I tied a little twine around the top, just to cover up the jar threads. 

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I added a tea light, and it has such a pretty glow.

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(You'll notice the large carafe that I'm drip drying on the baggie - uh, that one didn't work out so well. Mainly because my nosey cat knocked it over... let's not talk about that.)

Have you made faux milk glass? I'm definitely going to make some more. Next I'd like to try using the white paint on the inside of a colored vase. I've seen that done on other websites and it looks really pretty.

Whether you're a blogger or not, come and get some inspiration - I party HERE.


Linda Walker said...

I have always wanted to try making faux milk glass. Yours is so pretty with the tea lite candle. Very nice!

Unknown said...

Thanks Linda! It was fun! Julia

phillymam37 said...

Awesome project! Have to go out and buy some white paint and try this out!! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

Katie @ AMotherThing said...

That is so pretty! :) Definitely going to try it! :) New friend stopping by from SITS.

fabulosa said...

I love the look, specially with the light. Thanks for sharing

Kathryn said...

Wow so beautiful! I love anything with candles that creates a soft glow. Thanks for sharing!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Very clever! I love the shape of the glass.

Kim said...

So pretty, I have never tried this Julia, but I have always wanted to...thanks for the simple how to!

Kari Ann said...

Very crafty! I use to love to do arts and crafts but over the years I have lost touch. Need to get my creativity growing again.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I've seen colored painted vases, but never white. It does resemble milk glass! Great idea! Thank you for sharing it and your awesome tree silhouette and painted bowl at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a happy day! ~Deborah

Anonymous said...

Great little tutorial, thank you for sharing it, will have to try soon :)

HomeFor4 said...

my oh my, that looks so fab julia, have you linked this over at The DIY'ers?
you should! (http://homefor4sweethome.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-diyers-party-time.html)


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Unknown said...

Thank you all for stopping by. It really does look pretty, if you can use some "white" in your decor. Easy to do too!

Julia x and o's

Jo @ Coventry Lane Design said...

Love this project Julia - you've convinced me to try it for myself!

lorraines resources and rewards said...

I love it adding it to my to do list thanks for sharing following from ladies only hop have a great day

Michelle said...

What a cool idea! I love it with the tea light in it. And it looks relatively easy too...I am all about easy! :)

Betsy @ Romance on a dime said...

So pretty!! It turned out well.Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

Unknown said...

Oh Good Jo! Let me know how it comes out.

I'm so glad to have you all here and appreciate your sweet comments! Julia

Unknown said...

I love it!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow last week (Sorry for being so late in checking out your post!)

- Brooke -

Aikku said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! I, too, love milk glass and now you made me do it. =)
I used to paint my "milk glasses" outside but why not do it inside instead.

Greetings from Helsinki, Finland