DIY Faux MilkGlass Centerpieces

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We got one more project for today, just in time for our afternoon crowd! Our next DIY project was sent by Annie, who some of you may know from Marry You Me. She gave old vases a new life by dressing them up as milk glass!

From Annie:
For me, DIY is at it’s best when it saves you money and time and adds a special touch. Vintage milk glass is beautiful, but I know first hand how hard it can be to track down good pieces without spending hours driving around, scouring the internet, or paying a fortune. So I wanted to replicate the look of milk glass on a budget using some vintage glass vases and glossy white spray paint.

DIY Faux MilkGlass Centerpieces

What you’ll need:

– Assorted vintage glass vases (I found mine at a local thrift store, 9 pieces for $5)
– Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
– Brown craft paper or newspaper
– Latex gloves
– White glossy spray paint (I used Krylon Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Gloss White)

DIY Faux MilkGlass Porcelain Centerpieces

Instructions:
Step 1: Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or paper towel to remove any sticky residue from the vases. Wash vases with soap and dry completely.
Step 2: Lay down paper on your spraying surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake spray paint for 1-2 minutes before spraying. Shake between sprays as well. Wearing gloves, work from side to side spraying vases with spray paint. Don’t get too close to the vase to avoid drips/runs. (No need to spray paint the inside of the vases, just do the tops; spraying the inside then using them for flowers with water will cause the inside paint to flake off).

Step 3: Rotate vase until covered, let dry a few minutes before adding a second coat. Let dry completely.

57 comments
  1. Sara

    BRILLIANT.

  2. Tiffany Johnson

    oooh, I’m a collector of milk glass treasures! I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day

    Such a great idea, Annie! What’s best is some of those vases are the same patterns as actual milk glass pieces. Love it!

  4. Brancoprata

    I love this project!! Seems so easy to do!Great idea Annie!!

  5. Melissa

    Um, can I say freaking amazing? I loooove milk glass and was lamenting the impracticalness of trying to buy a bunch piecemeal considering the time/gas/shipping costs. This is a PERFECT solution! I know that we don’t necessarily vote for the DIY winners, but I feel like this has to be it. This is quick, cheap, and does not discriminate against all of us non-crafty brides! Win win win win win!

  6. lydia {ever ours}

    oh wow! i love this diy!

    • Donna

      You can also use glue to make dots on smooth glass prior to painting

  7. melissa @ Bling Diva Designs

    This is such an easy and gorgeous DIY! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. forget.me.knot.weddings

    So great and easy! great job Annie!

  9. melanie @ one little dove

    dur! so simple yet so smart! i wish i had thought of this before frittering away time and money tracking down milk glass on ebay.

  10. Julia

    This is a great idea! As soon as milk glass got trendy, it became more expensive.

  11. Michele

    I have been collecting hobnail milk glass since I was 14 years old. I thought about using them in my centerpieces but I was so worried that they would break or people would take some home so this alternative is perfect. I can keep my pricey milk glass collection safe AND use milk glass vases at the reception. Awesome idea with the spray paint!

  12. Sarah

    Those bottles look so lovely- and pristine! I have been spray painting wine bottles for my wedding centerpieces. I have found it takes a while, requires numerous coats and the paint runs really easily. How do you get yours to look so nice? Any tips? TIA!

  13. Kristi

    What a great idea…and I love milk glass…thanks for sharing!

  14. Kate

    THIS IS AMAZING! I love milk glass pieces but they don’t come cheap. Thanks for the tip!

  15. Jolette

    These look fantastic! What an original idea. Love the tulips. :-)

  16. c_tyler

    Love this idea – I’ve seen it around a couple places (psimadethis.com). If you wanted to go edgier, you could try black glossy spraypaint too – a girlfriend of mine has been playing with that for her wedding. Tres (faux) chic!

  17. Elissa Keno

    I LOVE it! I am always trying to hunt down milk glass for photo shoots. This will save me a lot of time :)

  18. Kelly @ Notable Inspiration

    Great idea! Simple, gorgeous and not nearly as expensive as real milk glass! LOVE!

  19. Tenise Kyger

    Just Fabulous! I just love this! So clever and economical and yet looks absolutely charming. The whole table looks Fabulous!

  20. Bethy

    i love this idea. I have been thinking about doing something like this for my wedding, but never put all the other types of random jars and such in the category! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Kristen Steele

    I LOVE milk glass and this is such a wonderful way to recreate the look if you can’t find it @ your local antique store. Thanks!!

  22. Emilia

    I can’t even get over these. They look just like the milk glass I bought a couple weekends ago! I need more for a baby shower I am planning so I might sneak a few of these in and see who notices!

  23. baylee

    love love love!!!! I cannot wait to try this DIY project!!!!

  24. Karen

    So I do have to ask how do you keep from reapplying and also streaks… i have NO tried yet but just my past exp. seems to bring me to ask? But I love this look!!!

  25. Annie @ Marry You Me

    @Karen, @Sarah
    So the key is keeping a good distance from the vase, and not overapplying in any one area. I would spray, and then keep turning before an area could get enough to get runs. Shaking the can vigorously in between every few sprays really helps (I shook the can every time I turned the vase), also not spraying continuously helped a lot – I used short bursts of spray as I moved over the vase going in a side to side motion. I did two coats, but you may need more if you have darker glass to spray. Primer could help darker glass as well. I recommend testing your spraying technique on a throwaway piece of glass that you don’t plan on using, and figuring out what method is working for you. This spray paint tutorial video from Rustololeoum might be helpful! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_PcG95Ox1k

  26. Ann

    What a great idea and looks easy too. The table setting is perfect!

  27. amybyrdweddings

    Super creative Annie! Great JOB!!!

  28. Mimi

    What a creative idea, love the table.

  29. Thomas A. Gardiner

    Isn’t it Fabulous… Simply Maaaaaarvelous… To qoute the rocker Billy Idol; “…Nice day for a white wedding…” Shows ya’ that a little white paint and itz good ’nuff for a wedding! White On!

  30. Mavis

    #17

  31. Carolyn

    Love this idea-so easy and elegant. Am planning on brightening up my home with some white accessories for the spring/summer and am definitely going to use this idea!

  32. Nickol

    I am so excited about this post I am going to make some for my shop way cute. Great Job and love the antique feel of the photos!!!

  33. Laurie

    How creative! I’d never thought something so simple could look so elegant!

  34. Denise

    Great idea! Totally changes the look of the vases!!

  35. nikki

    What a great post. It has such a great 50’s feel. Congrats! -

  36. maura

    thank you so much for this! it’s an 11th hour switch in our plans, but i think it would be lovely to have some of this milk glass along with our mason jars. just scooped up some vases at the thrift store! can’t wait to play this weekend. thank you for sharing.

  37. Thomas A. Gardiner

    I vote for #17…

  38. Mollie O'Neal

    I’m gettinmg out my spray can and giving my vases a face lift! So simple so elegant- Mollie O

  39. Robin

    Very inventive!!

  40. janie

    # 17 are so cute

  41. Barbara

    What a creative idea and easy to do on #17! Reminds me of Grandma’s vases.

  42. Nicole

    Just wanted to say thanks for the brilliant idea!! I actually went out and bought spray paint this weekend and did all of my clear glass vases like this (I was originally planning on doing a mix of both white and clear).

    You are my hero – thanks :)
    Nicole

  43. Jlyne

    I just bought a bud vase from goodwill for $.59 and a can of white gloss spray paint for $3.65 for a test run. I think it went pretty well. I’ll need to do a third coat tomorrow, but it looks darn good. I can’t wait to do more of these. Fantastic idea!!

  44. Erin

    I did this for my wedding centerpieces, it was great and easy. People were asking if they could take them home.I got most of my ideas from this site if anyone wants pics let me know.

  45. Christi

    Erin, I would love to see some pics of your centerpieces. This is what I plan on doing as well :)

  46. Moe

    So awesome! I never thought of this :) really cool :)

  47. Amanda

    Such a good idea!I needed a few white textured vases to put on my escort card table along with family wedding pictures and I was planning on doing this until I went to a couple nearby thrift stores and ended up finding some actual milkglass vases! I found 7 total all were under $1.00! Try your local thrift stores, I was very surprised at the quantity of vases that were there.

  48. Rebecca

    Thank you for the info.

    Is it possible to travel with these by plane after painting them or do you recommend doing them at the destination?
    Tx

  49. Amy

    I am doing a vintage style wedding, and I love this site! I would just like to say, that I have actually found about a dozen milk glass vases at varies goodwills (oddly enough) yard sells and flea markets over a few months time and have not had to pay over a dollar for any of them!! What a steal!

  50. Glass Cutter

    I think a blood red and turquoise version of this would look great too!

  51. Val

    Thank you for this post. I am getting married next year and since seeing this post I have been trying to buy a few vases every couple weeks. I have spray-painted about a dozen so far and they look gorgeous. I did have a couple that dripped a little and I found that a little sanding and second coat did the trick. Thank you again!

  52. phyllis

    Hi, Just wanted to let you know I showcased your technique on my wedding blog, http://www.theweddinggals.net. Thanx for the great tutorial.
    phyllis

  53. Maggie Cooper

    Hi, I would like to know how to paint red ‘mercury’ glass. I have the silver looking glass paint but I really like the red ‘mercury’ glass vases and candle sticke we find at Christmas.
    Thanks,
    Maggie

  54. vernarie

    I love the milk glass effect!!! But I saw a photo of the bare vases, and I kind of like them too?!?! What do you think? Here are the contenders:
    #1 =
    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.shelterpop.com/media/2009/08/goodhouse-425lf081909.jpg
    #2 =
    http://www.scoutiegirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/redo-faux-5.jpg
    Thank you so much! :)))

  55. Holly

    How do you wash these?

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