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Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase

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Pickle Jar Remix - Frosted Glass Jar

Pickle Jar Remix – Frosted Glass Jar

Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase – Pretty much every time I throw at jar into the recycling bin I feel a little bit guilty because I keep thinking I should do something with that jar.  I wish I could say I’m uber excited to save the environment or something altruistic like that but it’s a little more simplistic than that… I just like to create things.  A couple of weeks ago I found some frosted glass paint.  I didn’t have anything in mind when I picked it up but thought it may come in handy some day.  Well, that someday was yesterday when I went to toss a pickle jar into the recycling bin. I was holding the jar in my hand thinking about what a beautiful size and shape it was when I realized it would make a sweet little vase if done up nicely.  So I tracked down some white paint, the frosted glass paint, some thin tape (washi tape in this instance) and a smallish pouncer. This was a really quick project about 20 minutes all in, not including the drying time.

One last thing before I get to this DIY tutorial.  I LOVE PEONIES! We used to have huge bushes of them where I grew up in Ontario and I loved picking them for my mom when I was a little girl.  I had grown a bunch at our old house that we moved from last year.  Just this Spring I planted a number of peony tubers but then about a month or so after I planted them, my husband had a guy come over to weed all our gardens and didn’t tell me.  The guy he hired “weeded” all of my peonies.  What kind of gardener doesn’t know the weeds from the plants… deep breath.

Anyway, after that incident I’ve been in peony withdrawal so I went back to our old house and with the tenants permission (friends of ours actually) I picked a few peonies for the lovely bouquet in this photo… ah, all better now. Look at how gorgeous those flowers are!

Materials:

  • Glass paint – Americana Frosted Gloss Enamels – Frosted glass paint in white (from Michaels)
  • Craft paint – Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (from Michaels)
  • Small to medium size pouncer
  • Tape (I used thin washi tape)

Instructions:

  1. Soak jar in warm water to get the label off the jar and then wash it to make sure there is no paper or sticker residue left on the glass.  Dry glass thoroughly.
  2. Place your tape into the position being careful to make straight, consistently spaced lines.
  3. Using your pouncer, gently sponge on your solid colour paint (white in my case) in between the tape.  Carefully go around the outside until all the space is filled in. Allow to dry for an hour or two, then remove the tape.
  4. Now, using your frosted glass paint, dab on using your pouncer starting at the bottom and move to the top until the entire jar is covered.  I found that if I went over it again (about 5 minutes later) with a sparse second coat it had a better “frosted” appearance. Allow to dry completely.
  5. Fill jar/vase with water and beautiful flowers.
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DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial

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Before and after frosted glass effect.

Before and after frosted glass effect.

DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM.   Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom.  Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn’t noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we’d purchased it and spent our first night living here.  I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock.  My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would.  Now after living here for over a year I’m done with it… I want privacy!

This week, my husband’s away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home.  I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film.  There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it’s not sticky so it’s ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here’s how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):

How to install window film.

How to install window film.

 

  1. Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles.  I had a friend who recommended that it’s best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it’s in place.
  2. I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap.  Spray the window pane with water from the bottle.  Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
  4. Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you’re happy with the placement.
  5. At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier.  I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
  6. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
  7. Wipe off any excess water
  8. Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.
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