How To Spray Paint Glass Vases Quick & Easy

Sometimes we luck out and we find exactly what we need when we need it. It doesn’t often happen that way. Actually it usually doesn’t happen that way.

When I decided that I wanted to spray paint glass vases as accessories in my kitchen I thought I’d try to shop my stash first.

So I went out to my storage greenhouse and, lo and behold, what did I find?

collection of milk glass vases ready to be painted

This collection of 20 small milk glass vases. Great score! And in my own storage. Who knew? Apparently, not me. lol. I’ve had these for years and completely forgot about them.

One vase didn’t make it into this pic because I gave it its makeover before I remembered to take the before photo. Sometimes my excitement gets the better of me. 🙂

Can you believe I got the whole lot in this basket for just $2? It’s totally true!

It was years ago, and I totally forgot I even had them.

I just plunked the whole kid and kaboodle on a shelf for a some day project and some day never came. Until now that is.

Some are marked Randell, & E.O. Brody Co, but most are unmarked.

How to Spray Paint Glass Vases

how to spray paint glass vases

Here’s that vase that was so anxious to get its makeover. I had twelve of this one design, which is unmarked, and I only needed eight for this project.

Because there’s a lot going on in my kitchen, decoratively speaking, I decided to keep it simple and use all the same vase design. I could easily have mixed it up but that’s just not the look I was going for.

Also, I would have preferred to use matching clear vases for this project, but I use what I have when I have it. Since I got these vases for such a great price, and they aren’t rare by any means (they can be found for sale all over etsy), it’s all good.

Following the instructions on the can I gave it a two light coats of Rustoleum Sun Yellow.

how to spray paint glass vases

I’m excited to be introducing a third colour into my aqua and red kitchen redo, and that colour is a happy sunny yellow.

A third colour that’s just sprinkled here and there seems to give a room more interest, another dimension… in this case a third dimension.

You can spray paint your vases one at a time…

how to spray paint glass vases

…or space them apart and paint them all at the same time.

how to spray paint glass vases

Just spin on a lazy suzan protected with paper and spray.

how to spray paint glass vases

Until they’re done. Easy peasy.

how to spray paint glass vases

Here they are on my decoupaged kitchen counter waiting to be filled with something awesome.

How to Spray Paint Wooden Tulips

collection of wooden tulips

Like this $1 wooden tulips bunch that I shared in a finds post a while back.

trimming wooden tulip stems using mitre box

They were all various lengths so I used my miter saw and box to trim them, using one as a guide.

I wanted them to be all the same height when sitting in the vases.

using cardboard box to spray paint wooden tulips

To give them all some red spray paint love, I poked holes into a cardboard box and pushed them through, including the red ones because I wanted them all to be the same red.

This way the green stems would be protected without having to tape them.

wooden tulips for how to spray paint glass vases

Except for the dark blue one, which needed 3 coats, I gave them all two light coats of Rustoleum Apple Red.

how to spray paint glass vases and wooden tulips

And here they are… my indoor garden of wooden red tulips.

how to spray paint glass vases & wooden tulips like a pro

This was such a fun project. It’s so easy to spray paint glass vases, and you can make them any colour that suits your own decor.

For me the red tulips with the yellow vases is such a happy cheerful combo.

how to spray paint glass vases & wooden tulips like a pro

Here they are in my kitchen. This is the area above the sink and those shelves have always been kinda useless and just attracted clutter and odds and ends.

I’m a symmetry-loving gal and repeating the same look on each of the shelves keeps it looking neat and tidy, but fun at the same time. Having different things on each shelf would make them look too busy for my liking.

Now they make me smile every time I do the dishes. No dishwasher here. So I definitely needs things to make me smile. lol.

Yellow is such a fun colour to work with, and I’m planning to sprinkle a few more yellow projects around the room to give it a cohesive look.

If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy my How To Spray Paint Ombre Vases post.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


Don’t forget to pin!

How to spray paint glass vases

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    I have some of them milk glass vases but duh me, never even thought about spray painting them. (spray paint on my shopping list) :}
    Gorgeous and so easy peasy to do and what a nice pop of color added to your beautiful kitchen

    1. Thanks very much Colleen! Spray painting vases is such a quick and easy way to get exactly the look you want. If I waited to find yellow vases I think I’d probably be waiting forever. 🙂

  2. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    “Your idea fits your kitchen theme, but we need a photo of them placed around…the whole effect. Your methods and instructions are very clear, esp. for anyone who hasn’t done any projects like this. I usually forget something I’ll need, right before I need it, then I can’t find it. That could be called “organize before you start”. You did a great job.

    1. Thanks so much Linda! I really appreciate the suggestion and I just added a picture of how I’ve placed them in my kitchen. I can so relate to the “organize before you start” thing. I’m often winging it and have to go back and take pics of things I’ve missed or didn’t even think of. 🙂

  3. Mary Boger says:

    So cute and so cheery!! I wish I had those shelves around my kitchen

    1. Thanks very much Mary! The shelves have always been a bit of a challenge, but now I’m happy to have found a solution that works for me.

    1. Thanks so much Florence! I’m enjoying adding some pops of yellow. It’s such a happy colour.

    1. Thanks very much Tania! I’m so glad spray painting season is here. It’s so fun to transform things so quickly.

  4. Great tutorial Tuula and your kitchen just keeps getting cuter, and cuter! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I never tire of how magically spray paint can give things a new look so quickly.

  5. Tuula, These are so stinkin’ cute! And I love the addition of yellow to your aqua and red kitchen! The symmetry is perfect, too. Great addition to the happy spot!

    1. Thanks very much Lora! Yellow is such a cheerful colour and it’s so much fun to work with.

  6. I love the red, green and yellow combination of the finished vases with the tulips. And I love that you introduced a third color into your kitchen. Beware, it may not stop there! My kitchen is cobalt blue and white with accents of hunter green. Slowly I have added red here and there and I love it!

    1. lol. I know exactly what you mean about it not stopping there AnnMarie. It’s so much fun to play with colour in a room. Love your kitchen colour choices. 🙂

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Fun project! Great idea to use the lazy Susan. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks very much Jann! The lazy suzan really helps a lot when spray painting smaller things.

  8. I was house sitting when you posted this and missed it!! Love what you did with the vases and tulips!! Perfect spot for them, too! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I was struggling with what to do with those little kinda useless shelves, and these vases fit quite nicely.

  9. Just…. wow! I love how you put this together. The way you have the decoupaged the counter & the flowers to balance the colors? Brilliant! Thank you for sharing & the pictures. You always give the perfect instructions.