I recently joined a group of other DIY bloggers for a monthly challenge. Each month we choose a theme and each make something within that theme. This month’s theme is a upcyling thrift store finds. I love a good thrift store upcycle. So I’m super excited about this month’s challenge and what I created! There’s something so gratifying about taking something that someone saw as trash and making it into an amazing piece. As I wandered around the thrift store, my mind was going a hundred miles an hour. So many creations to be made! I finally settled on a glass platter and a ceiling fan light cover. So today, I’d like to show you how to upcycle glassware.
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How To Upcycle Glassware
I know we all have some old glassware that we don’t use and don’t know what to do with. It sits in the cabinet collecting dust. I want to share with you how to upcycle glassware and create something beautiful out of it.
The platter has an etched flower. I decided to use some white chalk paint to make it stand out. After the chalk paint was dry, I used a nail file to file the paint off of the raised areas of the flower. I wanted my main paint color to show through these areas and give a little dimension to the flower.
I allowed my chalk paint flower to dry overnight because it was rainy and humid. As I was about to paint the entire project, I realized it seemed like it was missing something. So I used my Cricut to cut out pink vinyl lettering for the platter. I cut it as a mirror image so I could put it on the back side of the platter to avoid food touching it. I used the Lobster font from dafont. This is my favorite site for free fonts.
How to upcycle glassware with spray paint!
I wanted something vibrant and fun. So I chose turquoise spray paint for the main color. I am in love with it! It turned out the exact color I hoped for.
After the vinyl was applied, I spray painted the back side of the platter (You don’t want the spray paint on the top of the platter touching your food.) and the light fixture with my turquoise spray paint. I allowed that to dry overnight as well because of the humidity. All of this waiting for paint to dry and the suspense was killing me! Patience is not a virtue! LOL. I saw a quote the other day that said “Patience is the art of hoping.” Uh yeah. I’m hoping this thing will hurry up and dry! 😜
Once the spray paint was finally dry, I sprayed Acrylic Sealer over the spray paint to be sure it stays intact on the glass. Guess what! More drying! I just gave this a few hours since the weather had improved and it wasn’t as humid.
At last I could attach the platter to the light fixture! I used Gorilla Glue for this part. If you’ve never used Gorilla Glue, it’s amazing. It will bond just about anything which is why I chose it for attaching these two glass items together. The only thing is that it expands. So you have to use a very small amount or you’ll end up with this foamy glue sticking out everywhere. If you think you haven’t used enough, that’s the right amount! Seriously, the tiniest bit. On a good note, a bottle will last you forever!😀 I put a little on and rubbed it around with my finger to spread it into a really thin layer.
I seriously love how this thrift store upcycle turned out for the DIY Blog Challenge! Isn’t that color so pretty?!
Not crafty or don’t have time to make your own?
If you want to know more about the Cricut and what kind of things you can make with it, check out this post where I give all the details about it. It’s my favorite craft tool and the best purchase I’ve made!