DIY Painted Vases – Cheap & Easy To do!

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Cost-friendly DIY for beautiful enamel-painted vases. These are easy to make and look chic on a shelf or for events!

Orange, blue and pink vases on wooden table. - glass vases, chalk paint, home decor, chalk paint, vases turned

Enamel-painted vases – I’m in love! If you like to paint, I have a really fun project to share today! My inspiration for these easy DIY enamel-painted vases came from a restaurant in Sonoma called El Dorado Kitchen.

I’ve always loved the fresh, modern design of the lobby and the eye-catching green and white enamel-painted vases that are displayed on white shelves.

I decided to make my cost-friendly version of this design, which included a quick Martha Stewart tutorial and a trip to the Dollar Store, where I picked up these three vases.

Pink and Brown Vase on wooden table. - glass vases, chalk paint, baking soda combo, whole vase, home decor, spray paint, chalk paint, paint finish, thrift store

I’ve always loved the fresh, modern design of the lobby and the eye-catching green and white enamel-painted vases that are displayed on white shelves.

I decided to make my cost-friendly version of this design, which included a quick Martha Stewart tutorial and a trip to the Dollar Store, where I picked up these three vases.

overhead paintbrush with blue paint - glass vases, baking soda, chalk paint, diy furniture, home decor, spray pain, thrift store

What You’ll Need

– Three different-sized vases from the Dollar Store

– Dishwasher-safe PermEnamel paint in Mediterranean Blue and White (or whatever color you prefer)

– PermEnamel Surface Conditioner from Michaels Arts and Crafts store

Paper towels

PaintbrushMixing bowl

Hands painting a vase with blue paint. - spray paint, baking soda, white paint, old vases, thrift store, simple technique

DIY Painted Vases – Steps To Follow

1 — Clean the vases with hot, soapy water.

2 — When they are completely dry, pour some surface conditioner in and cover the inside of the vase. Pour out the excess and let the vase dry.

3 — Get the exact color you envision by mixing your PermEnamel paints in a mixing bowl, then pour them inside the vase.

4 — Paint the inside of the glass using a paintbrush to cover the inside surface.

5 — Once the vase is painted, lay it on a paper towel to let the thick paint drip off. You will be amazed at how much comes out! The longer it’s upside down, the thinner the coating will be. I liked the thicker look, so I only kept it upside down only for a few minutes.

6 — Turn the vase back over and touch up the drips inside. Every fifteen minutes, you can even out the thickness on the bottom of the vase as the paint will start to collect.

7 — Let these dry overnight, and in the morning, you should have a beautiful decor vase!

Reminder and Notes

Remember, these beautiful enamel-painted vases are only for DECOR. Don’t drink out of them! You can put water in them, but it may damage the finish eventually.

I’m simply sitting them on the shelf, like the photos to the right.

Blue enamel painted vases. - spray paint, cheap glass vases, baking soda, super cool second coat

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DIY Painted Vases

Add some personality to your home decor with this easy and cheap DIY painted vases! Making these enamel-painted vases pretty.
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Course: DIY Crafts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 vases
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Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • Three different-sized vases from the Dollar Store
  • Dishwasher-safe PermEnamel paint in Mediterranean Blue and White (or whatever color you prefer)
  • PermEnamel Surface Conditioner from Michaels Arts and Crafts store
  • Paper towels
  • Paintbrush
  • Mixing bowl

Instructions

  • Clean the vases with hot, soapy water.
  • When they are completely dry, pour some surface conditioner in and cover the inside of the vase. Pour out the excess and let the vase dry.
  • Get the exact color you envision by mixing your PermEnamel paints in a mixing bowl, then pour inside the vase.
  • Paint the inside of the glass using a paintbrush to cover the inside surface.
  • Once the vase is painted, lay it on a paper towel to let the thick paint drip off. You will be amazed at how much comes out! The longer it’s upside down, the thinner the coating will be. I liked the thicker look so I only kept it upside down only for a few minutes.
  • Turn the vase back over and touch up the drips inside. Every fifteen minutes you can even out the thickness on the bottom of the vase as the paint will start to collect.
  • Let these dry overnight and in the morning you should have a beautiful decor vase!

Notes

Remember these beautiful enamel-painted vases are only for DECOR. Don’t drink out of them! You can put water in them, but it may damage the finish eventually. I’m simply sitting them on the shelf, like the photos to the right
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162 thoughts on “DIY Painted Vases – Cheap & Easy To do!”

  1. I followed your directions and my vases are gorgeous. I painted three vases of different heights (purchased at different times) and they now make a lovely, cohesive accent for my entry table.

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  2. Wow, these look awesome Eden!! I’ve got a huge glass vase-thing in the garden that I’ve been looking to make use of so I might follow this technique but blast it inside with a spray gun instead!

    Never thought to paint the inside rather than the outside, love the gloss finish it gives 😀

    Thanks 🙂

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  3. Holy wow! I have lots of vases from the thrift shop and never even thought of doing this!! I now have another DIY project to make! Thank you for this!!

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  4. I love the vases but I was looking for a way to fix what I did. I painted the outside of the vase an it was not a glossy paint an I put it in the oven to bake it on but it is dull looking an I was wondering what to do to get the glossy look. The vases you showed are so pretty I just wish I could make my that pretty. Can you help?

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  5. Tudo muito lindo. Quero fazer também.
    Que talento!!!
    Transformar coisa simples em belas peças,tem que ser muito habilidosa.
    Parabéns.

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  6. These are SO SWEET!!! I love them. I think that painting the insides of some of my mason jar lanterns would be adorable (we use them as vases, too). Do they do pretty well with water in them?

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  7. Me encantan como se ven, yo reciclo todos los frascos de vidrio y desearía pintarlos, vivo el La Paz B.C.S. México se consiguen aquí o me los pueden enviar? Saludos y gracias por compartir tanta belleza. Un saludo!

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  8. I love the look of these vases, they look so expensive, I can see filling them with flowers from the Dollar Tree, I got some beautiful Spring flowers there for my Wedding. Thanks for the info. Donna

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  9. LOVE the look of theses vases! I have so many left over from my wedding that I would love to do something like this with them! The only thing is that I cannot find the paint anywhere at michaels 🙁 do you know of anything else I can use?!

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      • Thanks! I did find the Martha Stewart brand and picked up a couple of them. What do you recommend for the PermEnamel Surface Conditioner since I can’t find that? It is necessary?

        Also, I noticed that you mixed the blue and white together in a picture above. Was that just to achieve the color you wanted? Or was there another purpose for the white?

        Thanks again!

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