Spray Painting Glass – A New Flower Stand

Spray Painting Glass – A New Flower Stand

When I was ‘Adding a Touch of Green to the Dining Room’ I didn’t think twice about spray painting over a few glass containers that I had. {In fact, the large glass vase shown above was actually painted last fall}. Since mentioning it on that post I have received a few emails and comments regarding the how to’s and just wanted to share. It’s super duper easy, pretty plain and simple, and can dramatically change the look of any glass container.

I decided to make a plant stand today out of a metal candle stick and an old glass fruit parfait bowl. After washing and drying the glass completely, I attached the two using Gorilla Glue and left to set.

Once dry it was ready for paint. I use just regular spray paint for all my glass and I have not had any problems with scratches or peeling. I think the importance is more in the technique of applying, as in multiple very light coats and letting them dry completely in between. You can see in the photo above just how light each coat is, which ensures no paint runs or drips!
For projects such as this I have a little painting tip that I always use; It works for me and because I am forever changing the look of things it is a little more cost effective. {I do not use this technique on furniture, just quick accessory changes here and there}
For a Dark Finish such as Oil Rubbed Bronze: I apply a good base coat of basic inexpensive black spray paint {$1.00 can from Home Depot} ensuring that the entire piece is covered. Once dry, I lightly spray a top coat of my final color; Oil Rubbed Bronze in this case {which is usually a little more expensive}. I have never seen a difference in the wear or finish and it makes the more expensive cans go a lot further. For Antique White, I use the same principles but use basic white for the base.
I have not used any top coats or sealers on any of the glass projects I have done thus far and have not had any problems.
I love the smooth finish of the glass. {much more satisfying than painting wood or metal}
Of course I’ll have to watch the ivy because there isn’t any drainage; Nonetheless, I think this parfait bowl makes quite the statement! Enjoy!


  1. Gorilla glue and spray paint…oh the possibilities! Stephanie, wonderful job!

  2. Looks great. Never would have thought it was spray painted, looking at the first picture!


  3. That looks great! Thanks for the tips!


  4. WOW! Awesome!

  5. Beautiful! I love the finish.

  6. This is great! I remember your vase post and that it was a great idea then. What I really like though is using the black as a base/primer coat and then using the Oil Rubbed Bronze on top of that. You are the second person I’ve read that mentions that and I definitely have to give that a try. Thanks for that tip!

  7. Aren’t you the clever one. I rarely think out of the box on things like this. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  8. How great!! Made a mental note of your tip. Thanks!

  9. Glad to know that glass can be sprayed successfully. Thanks for sharing. Your planter turned out great!! Love it. Love & blessings from NC!

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial! My sister and I have wondered if painting glass works! I love the tip about the base coat…it makes so much sense! Thanks again for sharing!

  11. Every time I see these projects, I always say “I’m going to try that” this time I am! I’ve gotten my Gorilla glue out!! Thanks.

  12. Great idea, thank you!

  13. Very cool idea….new and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow, that is quite amazing! I am going to have to see if we have that paint here in Australia. Your finished product looks fantastic.

    Best wishes,

  15. Love the idea. I have glued and sprayed everything in sight, I just havn’t painted glass. Great tutorial. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  16. That turned out great! I love me some Gorilla Glue & spray paint. 🙂


  17. Wow! Looks great! Love that color.

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am still so impressed with your glass spray painted items. They look great! As a former pre-school teacher, I taught a few children who were autistic. They were all extremely bright children. Your son is precious and I know that you are a wonderful Mom to him. Love & blessings from NC!

  19. Great job! I really like the results. I have been spray painting for the porch this afternoon too. Too bad we were not together, we could have a painting party!!

    Susan and Bentley

  20. I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  21. that looks so great. what a fun idea!

  22. Love this idea. Thanks for the paint saving tip, good idea.

  23. Great idea! I don’t think I’ve painted glass either. I’ll have to give it a go.

    Have a beautiful week!

    : )

    Julie M.

  24. Amazing, I never would have thought about spray painting glass!

  25. Now I know what to do with those ubiquitous clear glass vases that come with florist bouquets! Your vase looks fantastic, I would never have known. Thanks!

  26. Yes what a statement it dows make, it’s beyond beautiful and I just love it!

  27. I have never even thought of painting glass. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Wow that turned out great. I didn’t know you could spray paint glass! Looks great!

  29. Loved how it turned out! Be blessed. Cindy

  30. I had no idea you could use regular spray paint on glass. I’m off to find a few test subjects around the house!

  31. Great tips! The painted glass looks wonderful and I LOVE the idea of using the inexpensive paint as a prime coat and then spraying the top coat with the pricier stuff. Thanks,

  32. Beautiful post thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful blog and I am a new follower. Hope you have a chance to come say hi at my blog. Cheers, Lia

  33. Gorgeous! All the items you painted had great shapes.

  34. Very creative and beautiful. I have painted glass in the past and learned the hard way that technique is very important. Thanks for the tips.

  35. I love this! What a terrific idea- and look how wonderfully it turned out!
    We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you’re interested, we’d love it if you’d link to this!

  36. Wow! Marvelous and thanks for the tip and transformation!

  37. That looks fabulous!
    Thanks for the painting tips…I’m inspired to paint some glass now!


  38. I spray painted some glass a few months ago and have yet to post it. I probably should soon! Yours look amazing!!!

  39. I didn’t know you could spray paint glass. This looks great!

    I would love it if you joined my “Saturday is Crafty Day” party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

  40. I use the same spray paint technique :). Cheapo primer, then cheap black, and then the expensive stuff My problem is impatience between coats. Your vase looks beautiful!

  41. Great technique. Thanks for sharing. I have never thought to use a fruit bowl on top of a candlestick. So going to the thrift store tomorrow!

  42. That is so classy. I love the shape of the urn. I’m really surprised that the paint goes right on the glass and doesn’t just scrape off. Obviously it doesn’t. I also like the idea of using cheap paint, then the expensive stuff. Excellent tip. Glad you shared this on the Boardwalk! (I am always learning from you, girl)

  43. Great project

  44. I am really loving this new trend of spray painting glass…well not sure if it is new, however new to me:) It looks great!

  45. Love the painted glass. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Today is Thrift Store Wednesday for me, I sure hope I find a candle stick and parfait bowl…

  47. I have been super hesitant to spray paint glass, but after this post I will give it a shot! Thanks for linking this up to Be Inspired too!


  48. I’m definately going to try this…thanks for the simple directions!

  49. Gorgeous. Spray painting with a less expensive base coat is a great idea! I can’t always find the ORB in stock so I will definitely use this tip on my next project.

    Thanks again for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

  50. This is a genius idea! I am adding this to my craft to-do file…as much as I spray paint, never thought to do so on glass! And love your base coat tips….will definitely try!

  51. Beautiful! I use the same technique… cheap base coat (primer) and then use the more expensive as the top coat. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

  52. That looks really good!! I LOVE your craft room. That is my future vision for my basement when the teenagers move out.

  53. That is adorable! I would love for you to come over and link up to check me out saturday http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  54. That is perfect together and painted! I’m always in search of unusual sticks and bowls to put together…you can never have 2 many footed bowls I say! Very clever and creative.

  55. you were daring and it sure paid off. I love the new look of the glass. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I’m off to G-Will 2morrow 2 find something in glass that I can “play” with. Thanks again….Nan

  56. That is so beautiful; I love the green of the ivy against the dark container!

  57. Wonderful! It’s a shame I can’t find ORB spray at Home Depot anymore!

  58. Great job! Thanks for the tips! 🙂


  59. That looks great. Thanks for sharing at check me out saturday http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  60. What in the world would we do without glue and spray paint?

    Love your project.

  61. Thanks for the tips…I was thinking of painting glass and was not sure if I needed special paint or not…I keyed the question in the internet and up popped your blog. Thanks for sharing.


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