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Transform Old Clear Vases into New Beauties

Updated on May 15, 2014

Pull the Vases Out of Those Cabinets

My clear vases have come with much meaning because they were filled with flowers from the ones I love. They were gifts brought to me over the years. Now they are filling up spaces behind cereal boxes and in between water pitchers. It's time to bring them out of the cabinet, and into new light.

I have various sizes and shapes of vases. I believe any could be used, and it will make a gorgeous newly invented piece of art.

My favorite vase that I used had a large bulging bulb like base, and a wide open mouth. The clear vase itself wasn't very pretty, but painted, it was a work of art.

Quick Reference: For easy reference through this hub, follow the numbers for your steps in the process.

My Choice for This Project

#1 Choose Your Vase

When choosing your vase, decide what you want to do with it. Start by asking yourself some questions. Is this a gift? Will you put it somewhere in your home? These questions will help you decide which of your vases you will use.

Maybe you don't know what you will do with it, but that's okay. You can put the vase anywhere in your décor even without a purpose.

In the past, as seen in the picture, I have used multiple vases to make a trio to sit together. If you have several different sizes to stagger the vases when displaying, try painting a set.

Similar base and stone paint.  It does not have to be an exact match.
Similar base and stone paint. It does not have to be an exact match.

#2 Items Needed for the Project

You need very few items for this project, and it's inexpensive. A lot of the items may already be in your garage. The base paint will need to be about the same color as the spray paint. It will allow for better coverage of the glass. Let's gather the things we need:



-sandpaper, 60 grit

-base paint


-stone spray paint

-clean damp cloth

#3 Sand the Vase

Paint does not stick well to smooth glass, so we have to 'rough up' the vase a bit. We will use the 60 grit sandpaper. If you don't have 60, you can use whatever you have, but the process will take longer. The higher the grit, the more intense the 'scratching' of the vase.

Spread your newspaper out, and sand over the paper. Dispose of this paper after you sand, so the sanding dust will not get into your paint.

You want the vase cloudy looking and rough to the touch. That will ensure that the paint will stay and not peel off in the future.

Sand the vase over the newspaper or outside. You want to do this in a well ventilated area. Be careful sanding. I have scraped up my fingers by getting carried away with my sanding.

Wipe the vase with a damp clean cloth after you have finished sanding. You want to remove the dust from the area to be painted. Painting surfaces should be clean to ensure proper paint coverage.


What the Vase Looks Like After Sanding and Wiping With Cloth

Paint and Dry

#4 Paint with the Base Coat

Spread out a new piece of newspaper so that you can paint the base, and later spray paint on also. Total drying will be about 7 hours, so spread it out somewhere that won't have to be moved for that time period.

Once your vase is prepared for painting, shake and stir your can of base paint well. I got my paint off of the shelf behind the mixing counter at Lowe's. When they mess up a can of paint, they sell it for five dollars. I browsed through and found a color I liked. I painted a room and my vase with the paint!

Only paint a thin coat on the vase. Make the vase opaque. I have found that it is best to put on a base coat before the stone paint to make the glass seem like it really is stone. I painted a vase before with just the stone paint, and I could tell a difference between it and my other vases. It looked much nicer having the base coat.

Allow the base paint to dry completely before spraying on the stone paint.

#5 Turn That Glass to Stone!

After the base paint has dried, we are going to spray paint. Shake your can well, and hold about 10 to16 inches from the surface of the vase. Spray up and down the vase.

You will want to spray in a circle around the base if the bottom is wider than the rest of the vase. It is difficult to use the up and down spraying motion if you have odd angles.

Use 1 or 2 coats, waiting 15 minutes between each coat. Allow to dry about 5 hours.

Don't get too close to the vase.The stone flecks may build up too much in one spot if you spray too closely.

Spray Painting With Stone Paint

Up Close With Stone

#6 Display It

Isn't the finish of stone on a vase beautiful! I love the flecks of black and white that give the paint it's rigidity of stone. This process has truly transformed my vase.

The vase is finished, and you are ready to display that beauty. Make a contrast with your vase. Set a lighter colored vase in a darker setting or a darker vase in a lighter room. Put flowers in your vase on a bar in your kitchen to set off the room. Set reeds in your vase and set it in a bathroom on the floor if it's big enough, or set on a bookshelf.

The possibilities are endless, and the results are all amazing. Enjoy your new stone vase or give it as a gift! What woman wouldn't love a gift that she knew you spent your time on, and it's beautiful too?

My Finished Project

Do you have glass vases you need to empty from your cabinets to paint and display?

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    • Krmission profile image

      Kristy 3 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you all for your comments. I love transforming old items to new!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You have transformed them. Awesome! A very doable project!

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      Yvette Stupart 3 years ago from Jamaica

      What a transformation! These clear glass vases moved from ordinary looking to beautiful pieces. Thank for sharing Krmission.