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July 15, 2013

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How to Paint Glass Bowls: Vintage Inspired

Madigan made… simple painted bowls. (inspired by vintage Pyrex!)

Easy and cheap craft: simple painted glass bowls from the dollar store

I love it when I find something truly awesome… and I love it even more when that item becomes a springboard for inspiration to make something.

I recently found these vintage, milk glass mixing bowls at an antique store with my mom. Aren’t they spectacular? I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. The shape. The colors. They are perfect.

vintage pyrex mixing bowls with stripes around the rim

I love the solid stripe of color around the rim of each bowl. It is a simple touch that adds a little personality to them.

And wouldn’t you know that I was recently walking through my local Dollar Tree and I spotted a 3-pack of  cute, small glass mixing bowls in the glass aisle. Three little bowls? For a dollar? I had to get them. Plus, their shape reminded me of my vintage bowls. I thought I’d paint them above and below the rims just like my vintage pieces.

Instead of painting the rim with a stripe of color, I decided to be a little bold and use color on the bottom of the bowls, below the rims. I also thought I’d update the colors for summer and I grabbed 3 enamel paint colors in juicy, citrus shades.


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How to paint glass bowls... love the fun, citrus colors.

Vintage-Inspired Painted Glass Bowls

Supplies needed:

(Note: some of the supplies in this list were given to me complimentary for prior projects. The links in this list are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission on purchases made through those links. All opinions are my own, as always.)


how to paint glass bowls - craft tutorial

  • Clean your glass bowls thoroughly. (I ran mine through the dish washer and then cleaned them with isopropyl alcohol.)
  • Using a brush, apply a thin, even coat of paint to the bottom of each bowl. Follow the rim of the bowl with your brush and paint below that line. Allow that coat to dry.
  • Reapply more coats of paint as needed to achieve the look you desire.
  • Read and follow the instructions to cure and set the glass paint. Some enamel/glass paints can be baked while others need to air-dry. (The particular brand of paint I used needs to air-dry and cure for 21 days before I can safely start to use them and run them through the dishwasher.)

I thought about painting the rims white (as a nod to my vintage bowls)… but after I painted the bottom of the bowls, I stopped. I kinda liked the simplicity of one solid color on each bowl and the clear rims. The three colors of paint that I used each had a different finish (gloss, satin and pearl) and I love the variation.

By painting the outside of the bowl, I can serve nuts and snacks in the little dishes and food won’t touch the paint. I love the way the colors appear as you look down into the bowls. 

easy painted glass bowls in citrus colors

Now I just have to (patiently!) wait for the paint to cure and then I can start to use these cuties. And in the meantime, I might need to make another set in red, yellow and turquoise that will go with my vintage bowls (and kitchen!).

If you like this project… be sure to stick around, I have a few more glass painting ideas to share with you this week! (and if you can’t wait… you might want to check out my painted glass coasters or my splatter glass vases)