How To Make New Glass Look Old & Old Glass Look New Again

published Aug 30, 2016
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Glass vases, votive holders, and jars are beautiful finishing touches to any shelf, table, desk or mantel. With so many empty florist vases, mason jars, and basic candle holders in this world, it helps to know how to transform them into a statement piece —no matter what your style. Here’s how to take basic glass and either make it look like an old world collectible, or the newest trend. It’s all possible.


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Alternatively, Betsy Gettis uses gold spray paint and water to cover a simple vase and create the effect of mercury glass.

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Milk glass is a collectible classic whose opaque looks sweet and simple. You don’t have to troll flea markets for the real deal — it’s totally possible to DIY the look using a plain old florist vase. The Kindred Street used puffy paint and regular paint to get a hobnail effect.

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If you don’t have any glass vases lying around the house, recycled jars are a great substitute. Freutcake created a gorgeous and simple DIY using food coloring to dye mason jars, which can look like cranberry glass, or even sea glass. Instead of opaque paint color, the jars are still translucent. Use as a vase for flowers or add a small candle to create a colorful glow in any room.

Distressed chalk paint is an automatic way to make glass look vintage. Linda of It All Started With Paint shows the step by step process to distressing a Mason jars. But any glass vase with raised lettering and ridges would work well with this technique.


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Add a few brushstrokes to a generic glass bowl and get a modern vase that’s flower worthy. The black paint used by Delia Creates pairs nicely with the soft pink dahlias. Just be sure to use glass paint!

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A Kailo Chic Life uses a beautiful combination of contact paper to decorate these plain glasses. Inspired by the patterns of Oh Joy, this DIY adds powerful pop of color and a shiny gold base.

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Polymer clay is DIY crafter favorite! Homey Oh My wraps a basic glass vessel in textured clay for a really unique twist. It just shows that it doesn’t take a huge budget to add style to your home.

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Faux stone is an up and coming trend. This sandstone-like vase DIY from Burkatron uses plain white vases and a very simple technique, yet the result looks both modern and natural at the same time. All you need is textured spray paint.