Acute How-To: Faux Milk Glass


I love milk glass.  It is so simple and beautiful.  Unfortunately for my budget, everyone else seems to love milk glass too, which often gives it a high price tag.

Every once in a while, I come across a piece at a thrift store for a decent price, but this has become more and more rare in the past few years.  My budget friendly, diy solution?  Faux milk glass!

Yes, the real thing is fantastic, but the faux version is so fun and it gives you freedom to create a unique piece.

What you will need:

  • various glass vases, bowls, and containers {my local thrift store sells these by the by the truck load for super cheap}
  • semi-gloss white spray paint
  • a drop cloth or old cardboard box to paint on

This how-to project is so simple, yet it produces big results.

Simply take any glass vases or bowls you wish to faux-up and wash them thoroughly, making sure no dirt or dust remains.

Next, set the glass pieces on their sides on a drop cloth or old cardboard box and evenly coat with white spray paint.  There is no need to coat the inside of the vessels, just the sides and tops.

Wait a few hours for the paint to dry and go back for a second coat.  If you are a skilled spray painter, two coats will be enough.  If you are not the most skilled spray painter {such as me} you will need three and maybe even four coats.

Once the paint dries completely {give it a day} fill with fresh flowers and enjoy your simple, yet stunning project.

A few tips:

  • Spray paint is messy and gloves are a good idea.
  • Spray paint also seems to get everywhere, so painting outside is preferable.
  • When thrifting glass vases for this project, look for ones with texture, they seem to look the most “authentic” when complete.

16 thoughts on “Acute How-To: Faux Milk Glass

  1. What a lovely idea! Those glass bottles and decanters are really easy to come by at my thrift store too!

    I might have to give this a go! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice! I have an accidental collection of the real thing I inherited from my Mother and have recently come to appreciate it. This is a great idea if I want more as I am definitely not up to paying for the real deal.

  3. What a great idea. I would love for you to come and join my blog party. The link opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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