Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday

Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do to cheapo thrift store glass isn’t it?  A little bit of color and a little bit of elbow-grease can produce a distressed piece of decor customized to your color scheme.  Cheap.  Easy.  Fast.  My fav kind of DIY projects.  Check out how you can easily distress your own glass for a one-of-a-kind piece!

The first thing you need is a textured vase or bottle.  Dollar Tree is a great place to find these quickly or take your time and scour garage sales for unique vintage pieces or old liquor bottles (or save your own).  Oh, and Mason Jar’s.  LOVE me some painted distressed Mason Jars.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
 Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor Paint is awesome.  Bonds to just about everything.  This particular color is Hammered Copper.  It’s sparkly too!  I opt for spray paint above canned paint or glass paint.  Why?  It goes on fast and dries fast.  And sometimes all I have is nap time to complete a project!  Any other SuperMom’s know anything about that?
Spay a nice even coat but don’t worry so much about perfection, we are going to distress it so don’t stress!  I like to apply two different colors to add a little more depth and character.  Two contrasting colors is a nice way to customize your pieces to your decor.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
 Let your pieces dry and then comes the fun part.  Skip the sandpaper and grab a piece of steel wool (pssssttt….the steel wool’s a little bit easier on the nails too).
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
Using steel wool makes it easier to control the amount of paint that comes off.  That way the first color you applied can show through before you get down to the glass.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
I made several of these pieces in different colors and sold them at a local craft fair.
I got to experiment with different colors and kept some of my favorite pieces.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
Blue is my favorite color and I just loved the shape of this old bottle.  It’s vintage liquor glass that I picked up at a garage sale a couple years ago.  It was missing the top so I got both pieces for $8.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
Honestly you really can’t mess this up.  If you absolutely hate the way you distressed it, like rubbed off too much (is that even possible?) you can always shoot another shot of paint on it and start over!  Might have to wait ’till the next nap time though.
Distressed Glass Made Easy ~ DIY Friday on day2day SuperMom
I used both pieces on the ‘kids’ side’ of my fireplace mantle to decorate for Valentines.  I went with reds & aqua’s and it turned out pretty cute.  Check back next week for the full reveal of ‘my side’ too.  Romantic on one side, kid approved on the other!
Have you made your own distressed glass pieces?  Do you paint them to match your decor?  Any tricks to share?  =)




  1. says

    This looks incredible! Nicely done! I tend to be hesitant to distress my own glass, only because I’m not sureI would do a good job. Your post makes me want to try it, so thank you! I saw your post at Nifty Thrifty Sundays, and had to check it out!

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  2. says

    This is a great “how to”. I see so many glass pieces at our local Goodwill that I never buy because I don’t know what I would do with them. I would love to try this technique!

  3. says

    Wow! Nice to hear so many of you enjoyed this fun tutorial! Don’t be scared…you really CAN’T mess it up! If you try it, send me a pic & I’ll show it off =)

  4. says

    I had one of those small flower vases I love how they turned out. Makes me wonder if I have it or gave it away. If I find it I will have to do this. I love all the bottles with the geometric. They look great. I’ll be pinning for later. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Theresa

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  6. says

    These are gorgeous! I have two very old crystal lamps. Just thinking I might paint them! What color blue paint do you use?

  7. says

    These are not only GORGEOUS but SUPER thrifty! My kinda project;-) Thanks for the fab step by step tutorial, but one question…what color did you use for the blue coat? Did u also use the indoor/outdoor spray paint? Marisa @ Burlap and Bananas

  8. says

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments!! The blue color is called ‘BLUE OCEAN BREEZE’ and yes, it’s a spray paint! The color underneath, the first coat, is Krylon’s Brushed Metallic line of spray paints ‘BRUSHED NICKLE’ =)

  9. MJ Stamper says

    These are gorgeous! How much are you able to sell them for? They’d be great for a fundraiser!

    • pwpadmin says

      That is a good idea MJ. I sold them any where between $8-15, depending on size & type of bottle. Thanks for stopping by =)

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