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September 9, 2013

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Can You Use Chalkboard Paint on Wine Glasses?

Madigan made… easy chalkboard wine glasses.

Can you use chalkboard paint on wine glasses? Yes and it is washable!
Some things just never get old… like turning ordinary objects into little chalkboards.

I’ve shown you a few times how to make a chalkboard from a glass frame and I told you my tips for using chalkboard paint on glass. The most common question I get from those posts is: can the paint be used on glassware?

I think that question is so common because many of you want to try to make chalkboard dipped stemware. If you’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes on Pinterest,  you've more than likely seen this painted wine glass idea. It is a neat project… and novel for entertaining.

But my answer to y’all has always been that I didn't know if the paint would work very successfully. I’ve read other peoples attempts at this idea. Every tutorial I've come across that tried it (like here, here and here) advised hand washing the painted glassware. I hate hand washing stuff… and frankly, I had my doubts about the longevity of the paint on the glass after a couple of uses. Standard chalkboard paint is technically designed for porous surfaces. I had decent luck with my chalkboard created with a glass frame, but I just wrote on it and did not need to routinely wash it with water. Over the years, the paint eventually did wear and I ended up replacing the frame with my big clipboard wall.

So, this past spring I received a bottle of DecoArt’s Gloss Enamel Glass Chalkboard Paint for another paint-related post. Can I tell you how excited I was to see this product in the box I was sent? You apply and bake the paint on the glass like any other glass paint. PLUS… are you ready for this?…. the paint is supposed to be dishwasher safe!

I finally had time to play with this paint this summer, so I decided try my hand at making some chalkboard dipped wine glasses. I grabbed a couple of glasses from the dollar store and got painting!

chalkboard painted glasses - easy craft idea
Want to see how I made them?

Simple Chalkboard Painted Glassware

Supplies used:

  • Wine glasses
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glass chalkboard paint
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Chalk

Steps taken:

I cleaned the glassware and wiped it down with alcohol. I taped off the bottom of each stem.
Then, using a cosmetic sponge, I very lightly applied one coat of the chalkboard paint. After that coat dried thoroughly, I sponged on another coat of paint. (Note: The paint should not come in contact with food or drink, so wherever you do apply the paint, keep it away from edges that may connect with food.)
tutorial to paint chalkboard paint on wine glasses
I removed the tape and allowed the paint to cure for 4 days (per manufacturer’s instructions).
Then, I popped the glasses in the oven and baked them as directed on the paint label.
Once cooled, I used the side of a piece of chalk to ‘season’ the base of each glass and then labeled each one accordingly. That was it! So simple!

Should I pour you a glass of chardonnay or pinot? Hahaha!

The texture of the sponged paint was a little bumpy, but it was still easy to write on it. I really like how well the paint stuck to the glass. (Wish I had this available when I made by big chalkboard for my kitchen!)

dishwasher safe chalkboard glass paint
I ran the glasses through the dishwasher once so far… and I was pleased to see that the paint did not flake off. I’d like to try to wash them a few more times to see how they fare. (I’ve heard from my friend Angie that the paint’s adhesion may wear with repeated washing… so hand washing may still be a good idea to preserve the finish over time.)

The possibilities for this durable paint are endless…you can tape off small squares and paint chalkboard labels on mugs, glasses or bowls. They’d be perfect for labeling stuff when entertaining!

chalkboard paint on wine glasses - easy DIY
So, to answer y’alls question… Yes, you can use chalkboard paint on wine glasses… and they look pretty cute, too!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post…I just received the paint (as I mentioned above) for a prior post. I enjoyed using it and hoped that this experiment could help solve some of your questions about chalkboard paint!