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Home Made Milk Glass

Ladies and Gentlemen, I love milk glass (the white version in particular, I also love the Jadeite versions, but that’s for another post).  Now don’t get me wrong there is room in every home for all kinds of decorative pieces but I love the versatility and forgiveness of white milk glass as compared to clear glass…mostly I love that you cant see through it.

According to Wikipedia: Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milky white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name.

Home Made Milk Glass

Here are a few reasons why seeing through clear glass bugs me; The Hubs bring me flowers (I love flowers) and I stick them in a clear glass vase, a week later, since I have forgotten to freshen the water of said flowers, they are moldy and gross and kinda dying, and I can see all that, YUCK! If the same flowers were in a milk glass vase I wouldn’t be able to see it  and I would have at least a week of blissful ignorance of the true state of the flowers. And what about when I use silk flowers in my home, those require no watering (I have trouble with fresh flowers as you might have gathered), in a clear vase you will see the fake stems (kinda defeats the purpose) so if I use a milk glass vase, you wont be able to see the fake stems and will think I must have the most wonderful, lush, green thumb.

DIY Milk Glass Vase

But milk glass isn’t just about flower containers. The number one item I see at antiques stores is small miniature figures and knick-knacks. Most of them are some kind of painted ceramic and while a lot of them are cute, because the color might be faded or doesn’t really go with the look you want you simply walk by with “Oh what a cute little puppy figurine.

Take this little Cocker Spaniel  figurine, I saw it one day at an antique store and it reminded be of my grandmothers Cocker Spaniel Lady (yep after the Disney movie), however it was realistically painted and I didn’t really like it. Enter this technique for making anything look like milk glass and I have a fun piece that I can use on my desk and every time I look at it I think of my wonderful grandmother.

DIY Milk Glass

Materials

  • Any color glass or ceramic vase, figurine, jar, etc.
  • White gloss or semi-gloss spray paint.

Instructions

  1. Make sure the piece is completely clean.
  2. Follow instructions on spray paint and paint piece. Apply enough coats to cover.

I think I should rename my blog…something like…projects that require no more than 5 steps.

 

 

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2 comments on “Home Made Milk Glass

  1. Katelyn
    April 29, 2015

    I totally feel you on the struggles of clear glass vases! Another problem I have is if the stems are too short and you can obviously tell with a clear vase haha Great easy solution!

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  2. Sara
    April 29, 2015

    I laughed out loud on your description of the mess that you can see happening in the clear class vase!! Speakin’ the truth! And I love your tutorial! I am always down for projects with less than 5 steps!!

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