{white vases}

Everything is turning white in our apartment lately. Even old glass bottles and vases aren't safe around here anymore. I decided to spice them up by painting them white - from the inside.
Here's what I did:
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What you'll need:
  • old vases, bottles, jars, ...
  • leftover oil paint (if you want to be thrifty) or buy some in your desired color
  • if the oil paint is too thick, some mineral spirit or turpentine to make the paint pour better
{white vases}

Carefully pour a small amount of oil paint into the vases/jars/bottles and start swirling until the whole glass is covered in paint. Let the excess paint pour back into the paint bucket.

Allow the paint to dry for about 24 hours before using your new vases.

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  1. Great idea! Love how they look!

  2. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says:

    I love this idea! And will definitely try it. :)

  3. M* {Daydream Believers} says:

    I am so impressed! :) What a great idea! The vases look great! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I love these, especially the purple one. Such a great way to make something cute look even better! I found you on Sumo's Sweet Stuff and am now a follower. I'd love for you to come check my blog out as well!


  5. They're lovely, especially the ombre-purple one! How water-proof are they with the oil paint?

  6. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

    @ the mighty guin: I made sure I used a paint that was labeled as "waterproof" and I haven't had any problems with it yet. :)

  7. Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} says:

    Ohhh I love the way the white paint looks with the purple glass. It's simply beautiful!

  8. What a fantastic project! simple and so fantastic :)

  9. Jena @ Involving Color says:

    LOVE this! Such a great idea. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

  10. I have been wanting to try this. Yours turned out great!!! I will have to get around to doing this- they make such a statement grouped together. Thanks so much for linking up!

  11. These turned out great. Thanks for linking up over at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

  12. the cape on the corner says:

    this has always been on my to do list! i have a bottle just for this that the boyfriend keeps trying to put into recycling!

  13. Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art says:

    WOW. That is gorgeous. I've seen people paint the outsides, but this is so gorgeous. Good job.

  14. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you for your awesome comments!! You really make my day!

    @ the cape on the corner: I actually had my husband so far as to where he was looking for more glassed or jars to use. ;) He really liked the project!
    I'd love to see how yours turn out!

  15. The other day I thought of painting some old vases but thought the spray paint might wash off.. but now that I have read your instructions,, Look out vases, here I come!!
    Thanks so much for your great post!

  16. These are really great. Love the idea! New follower, can't wait to read more. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jess @ http://www.makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

  17. Michelle@Somedaycrafts says:

    I love what you did with these! I highlighted them at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured' button.

  18. These are so beautiful (and clever too)! Much easier than spray painting! I will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!


  19. These are gorgeous! I am a new follower from TT. Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!


  20. Hi
    I am a new follower from the Thursday Blog Hop
    I blog at http://www.tammileetips.com

  21. Cool!

  22. Emily {WhipperBerry} says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for linking up.

  23. Great idea! I too am starting to attack everything with white!

  24. Cute blog and fab project… I'm here from the hop and now following you. Stop over & see me sometime :)

    Suz from Well to Do

  25. I have been busy turning things over to white as well! I use spray paint but I will try this as well. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Love, love, love this idea!
    I am so gonna try this!

  27. I have always wanted to try that. Can you do it with latex paint as well? I think I saw a DIY once saying you could. Anyways, love your blog and would love if you would check out my new blog http://lavievintagebleu.blogspot.com

  28. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    I love waking up to so much wonderful comments! What a great way to start a day! :)

    @ Armelle: I haven't tried it with latex paint, but I would think anything that says it's waterproof would work. Let me know how it turned out! :)

  29. Liz @ SageandCocoa.blogspot.com says:

    WOW! They look great! First time visitor from I heart Naptime. :)

  30. I love how uniform it makes a motley assortment looks! :D I have a stack of various bottles too interesting to dump, but not sure how to use…this is a great idea! :D

  31. That is AWESOME! What a great way to "re-fashion" your vases! Beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  32. Gorgeous!!! Can't wait to try this!

  33. Humble Homemaker says:

    What a fantastic idea! I'm having one of those 'duh, why didn't I think of that' moments! lol. Brilliant. Thanks for hooking up at my Weekend Link Party! Have a great day.
    Humble Homemaking

  34. Humble Homemaker says:

    I loved your project so much that I featured it on this weeks Weekend Review at Humble Homemaking! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity. Click the link below to check it out and collect your featured button for your blog! Have a great day. :)
    The Weekend Review at Humble Homemaking

  35. wow! Love this bottles! I spray painted a few bottles for my apt. But I love the effect of this process.
    Thank you for your comment on my kitchen post.
    Coming from thebakingsake blog.

  36. What a simple yet clever idea! I love how the "purpley" vase turned out :)

  37. Christina @ The Tattered Tag says:

    Love your creativity, thanks for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your great ideas tomorrow. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  38. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you all so, so much for your awesome comments! :)

  39. I'm a new follower. I love this idea. When I got married I bought a ton of mismatched, cheap clear vases from Goodwill and other thrift stores and grouped them on the tables with red gerbera daisies for simple, thrifty centerpieces. Now I have all these vases and rarely use them, so this will be a great idea to liven them up!! Thanks for sharing! – Amy


  40. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ Amy: That is such a great and thrifty idea for a wedding centerpiece!!
    I would love to see how your vase painting project turns out! :)

  41. Just tried this but with acrylic paint b/c that's what I had on hand. Definitely will have to try oil paint on day!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  42. This was a great idea- they look so expensive too! I can't wait to try it!


  43. this is great! i saw a similar idea on another blog. but it was painted inside with a paintbrush instead. i tried that method with horrendous results (and ruined a favored glass piece). i'm going to try this method for sure! will give you a link back if i post about it. thanks :)

  44. this is great! i saw a similar idea on another blog. but it was painted inside with a paintbrush instead. i tried that method with horrendous results (and ruined a favored glass piece). i'm going to try this method for sure! will give you a link back if i post about it. thanks :)

  45. Great idea… I just love it…!!

  46. cory - falling star lane says:

    Hi – these are beautiful – but how did you get them to dry? is the secret in the paint being oil based? i did some – the paint ran before it dried – we did spray paint, both oil and acrylic based, and they ran – we wound up using a blow dryer to set the paint – it slipped badly!! would love to hear your secret!

  47. Genau das wollte ich kürzlich auch mit einigen alten, leeren Flaschen und Gläschen machen. Welche Marke hast Du genommen?


  49. Das sieht super aus. Wurden die Vasen mit kleinerer Öffnung auch richtig trocken? Daran hapert es bei mir noch (oder ich bin zu ungeduldig…;))

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