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Experimenting with Martha Stewart Milk Glass Paint

Committed to keeping my vow to never be as behind as I was this last Holiday Season I spent the week cranking out coasters to build up my in-stock inventory.  They are everywhere!

But I needed a little break yesterday and I wanted an activity that would help to re-energize my creative side.

Happily I had a new box of goodies from the folks at Plaid (I’m a member of their Plaid Ambassador Program)

First out of the box was some Martha Stewart Milk Glass Paint

I was intrigued!

I didn’t have any immediate need for anything milk-glassy but I did have some of those inexpensive little milk bottles they sell at Michaels.  

So grabbed those and got to work.

The instructions give you a few options for application: Soft bristle brush, foam pouncer or you can just kinda pour it on the glass (gravity!).

I didn’t have a pouncer and the gravity thing caused all my “Wasteful! Messy!!!!” alarms to go off (why I’m concerned about being wasteful with a product I got for free is one of the ongoing quirks of my “deep-pockets-short-arms personality disorder).

So I went with the brush.

The paint is easy to work with but it was pretty clear that it was going to take a couple of coats to get good coverage or  a rich color.

It was bluer than it looks in this photo and it darkened a bit as it dried but a second coat was clearly needed.

After repeating the application using the pink and white paints it occurred to me that my little milk bottles would look good in a little holder so I grabbed some scrap  MDF  (1/4 inch) from the shop, cut it down

(that’s a 2.5″ x 9″ base piece, two 1.25×9″ sides and two 1.25×3″ end pieces)

and assembled it using wood glue and my pin nailer

Now you may want to sit down for the shock that is about to come.

After painting my little box I thought: “this little box will need some graphics!!!!”

I know!  You never saw that coming did you………..

Anyway…… while perusing Pinterest I’d seen some fun, old vintage flower and seed boxes so I put together a graphic to add to the side.

Because I was, as always, in a hurry I used my Lenk tool for the transfer. (If you’re new to these parts you can see a tutorial for it here)

And then it was time for the second coat of the Milk Glass paint and I decided to experiment a bit.

For the blue bottle I used the brush again and while the color got richer the brush marks were pretty evident.  The instructions had told me that this was what would happenbut it also wasn’t quite the look I was hoping for.

So, with no pouncer I had to get over my fears/cheapness and give gravity a shot.

I poured the paint on the inside of the pink bottle and swirled it around.  It was impossible to photograph (sorry) but worked quite well.   However, although the paint, once dry, can be hand-washed it can’t be left submerged or sitting in water so pouring paint on the inside kind of limits the usefulness of the bottle.

So I poured the white paint on the outside of the white bottle.  I wasn’t quite as messy as I’d feared but it also clumped a bit as it dried (and was also impossible to photograph)

But, the results are pretty if not quite what I’d imagined.

The colors are great and I think the technique holds promise (and to be fair, switching application styles in the middle is my fault not the paints’).

Bottom line – I liked it but  I’ll have to play around with it some more and report back.

I was, however, very happy with my box!

Back to the factory!

Disclaimer: I’m a Plaid Ambassador and the good folks at Plaid have provided me with the paint I used in this project.  All opinions expressed are my own (clearly) and I received no other compensation and receive no compensation if you click on any links.

13 thoughts on “Experimenting with Martha Stewart Milk Glass Paint”

  1. They look really cool and would be great to as a summery vase–but you’re right–not useful if you can’t leave water in them. Do you think if you swirled Marine varnish on the inside afterward it would– a) water-tight the use, b) not wreck the paint, c) not be toxic to flowers?
    Maybe you’ll try it?????? Cause then I’m totally in! They’re very sweet!

    1. I think the varnish would probably eat away the paint. I’m pretty sure the “pour it on the outside” would solve all the problems – I just need to experiment a bit more to get a truly satisfactory result (in other words, I need to buy another glass bottle since those were my last three).

  2. Always love your emails- they are brutally honest, insightful and humorous. I will probably never do the crafts although I love all your graphics because the whole printing/graphic design thing intimidates me but I read your post as soon as they come in my inbox. Sounds pathetic, I am aware of that- but I love your quirky way of approaching life.
    You should consider growing your blog to monetize it. Definitely a tribe out there who would be drawn to your voice.

    1. Thanks Wendy! That really does mean a lot to me.
      I hope you do try some of the crafty things someday – it really is fun and probably easier than I make it look.
      I’m not crazy about monetizing the blog but I will have to at some point in the near future as I’m running out of the “free” space and have to upgrade…..

  3. i would give this a try sometime down the road. I have some old milk bottles on hand and they’d look better sitting in a cabinet like this than empty. I’ve painted the insides of jars with regular paint, but never the milk glass kind. So kinda want to see how different they will be. LOVE your box, btw!!!


    The box was perfect, too! Add in a few bunnies or eggs, and you have a great Easter centerpiece.

    If you had milk bottles painted in white and in a cocoa color–that would be perfect decor for a milk and cookies party (white and chocolate milk colors).

    Because you needed ideas from me. lol


  5. Try Valspar milk glass spray–much easier. Sarah at sadieseasongoods made vases from different shaped cheese & sugar shakers (the lids become the frogs for thin-stemmed flowers). Apparently it comes in white & jadite green, for pink she used regular spray paint.

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