Enamel Painted Vases: Round One

Sugar and Charm has shared the trick to getting vibrantly colored glassware for less in her tutorial for Enamel Painted Vases.

We love the chic and modern look of these colorful, and functional pieces.


Please click here to visit Sugar and Charm and see the instructions that we followed!


Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I really love the look of these vases.  I see them all the time on Pinterest, and I just can’t get enough!  I am really excited to learn this technique, as I think that it will be a fun way to add pops of color to our home decor.


  • I decided to start on a smaller scale, so I used 2 vintage jars that I [no kidding] dug out of the dirt in the back of our property!   The existing home that was torn down was built in 1904, so they had their own little dump in back.  We found all sorts of weird shit; bowling balls, rusty bikes, beer cans… and tons of little glass jars!
  • Of course, I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint.  I love you Martha.
  • I didn’t know what the H surface primer was.  Is it Gesso?  I also couldn’t find anything called “Surface Primer” at JoAnn… so I skipped it.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

#1 use a craft paint with a thinner consistency.  I love you Martha, but the paint was too thick to drip out as I expected.  Also, too thick to dry within 15 minutes – when I went to even it out I just picked up the paint that was drying and moved it around 🙁  This was extremely frustrating.  Perhaps this was the purpose of the “surface primer”…

After screwing up my previously painted interior several times since the first coat wasn’t totally dry, I decided that I should probably create some type of “Frustration Scale” for you.  Example:  This project resulted in 3 F Bombs, 2 S.O.B.’s and an undocumented number of “sh*ts.”

I needed to step away… Rosie and I made our Salt Dough Paw Prints.

The only way this was going to work was for each coat to totally dry.  I left them sit overnight.  The following morning I was a little sad to see that the deep ridges from my thick paint and brush strokes had dried in tact.  Whatever, no one will be looking inside.  I proceeded to apply 2 more coats, waiting about 12 hours in between each.  Yes, this project took me 3 days to complete.

In the end, I LOVE them!  They’re great!  I know that I’ll do this project again with the lessons learned – use thinner paint, apply a surface primer – I will use Gesso, and chill the hell out.

A total plus to using Martha’s Paint… if I leave them alone and wait 21 days for them to “cure,” they’ll be dishwasher safe!!!  WHAT!!  See, I knew I loved you, Martha.


They look great!


Not exactly the most relaxing project on the first go for an OCD wreck like me, but will be much better the next time!  I think that I’ll add vodka first… to me.


Even though I nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to get these to look perfect, I definitely intend on doing this project again.  I truly love the end result.  Although they might be rough on the inside… they appear perfect on the outside so no need to fret!

I can’t wait to recreate on a larger scale once we decorate our new home!



Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: I was hesitant to do this project but I knew it was one I would enjoy learning!  I am redoing my bedroom décor and I know yellow vases would be perfect. I will start small then I may do a few more pieces for my office.


  • I chose a glass container with a lid as it cost me .60 cents helping keep the cost down and I didn’t want to ruin the glass vase I purchased.  This was my tester for color and to see the results before continuing on other pieces. I did not purchase any frost or the surface conditioner so I am crossing my fingers that this project turns out.
  • For color I chose Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, in Bright Yellow, which cost me $1.00.
  • To start the project, I cleaned the jar well then squeezed a generous amount of yellow paint into the container.
  • I snapped the lid on to more easily swirl the paint around the container.  I was extremely generous on the paint, as a result, it was quick and easy to coat.  I did not have a small paint brush on hand so I needed the extra squeeze of paint.  The edges were more difficult to cover so I simply used my fingers to spread paint to cover the edges. I did notice a couple of tiny bubbles but so small that I don’t think anyone will notice.
  • Once painted, I flipped the container over on a stack of paper towels and let the paint drip out to begin the drying process.
  • Being the impatient person that I am, I decided to see how much paint had drained out.  A TON, so let it sit.  Just walk away or you will have a huge mess!
  • Get ready for the extra paint; it looks like most of it will drain out while I have it sit out over-night.
  • The finished project did not turn out as expected.  I guess having the glass sit out in 107 degree weather with humidity was a very bad idea. Sad, all of the paint dripped out.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t move the vase or container after flipping it, as it makes a huge mess.  It’s best just to fold several napkins and set the container directly on top and let it be until it dries.

Be prepared, have the paint brush on hand so you won’t have to use quite as much paint or your fingers.  I was a little nervous that the brush might make the glass streaky. You would likely use less paint if you could paint the inside with the brush instead of my technique.

Keep the bugs away; I had little bugs join in the paint party as I was completing my project on the ground.

Beware of the temperature, set it inside if it is too hot or too humid outside.


It was cheap and makes such an impact of color.  This project cost me under $2.00!


It’s a little messy and the unknown of how it will turn out.


This project did not turn out as expected but I will definitely do again!  Next time I will be conscious of the weather as that will play a role in this project. There are so many varieties of colors and textures that can be used.  I want to try the frosted acrylics and create white vases for my offices. This is a cute idea for gifts, too!  It is an easy project to make such an impact on your home décor, I hope next time the heat doesn’t destroy the finished project.

Stay tuned as I will be redoing this project as time permits!


The lovely Enamel Painted Vases photo taken by Sugar and Charm


We gave this project a second shot!

Check out Enamel Painted Vases: Part Deux!

1 Comment

  1. You girls are serious troopers! It is projects like these that freak me out and hold me back but I know I can do it if you ladies can 😉

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