Frosted Glass, Five Ways

September 23, 2009

Lately, I’ve been inspired by several bloggers to embellish some glass objects with frosting.  What finally motivated me were these etched glass wine bottles I swooned over at my favorite shop in St. Helena called ‘Vintage Home’.

vintage home wine bottles 

Not only did I want to enhance some decor, I also had a practical purpose.  I needed to transform my glass bath cabinet doors from a clear to opaque surface.  So last week I grabbed some of Rustoleum’s ‘Frosted Glass’ spray paint to conduct some experiments.  In the end, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the results. 

I must say that this post was almost titled, “Somebody Stop Me”.  When I’m armed with a product that makes me giddy, I need someone to hold my arms tightly against my body, look deep into my eyes, and say to me:   “PUT DOWN THE CAN.  STEP AWAY FROM THE FROSTED GLASS SPRAY PAINT.”   I didn’t stop using the stuff until the can was empty.  And all of the other glass in my home is now breathing a sigh of relief. 

Here are the five glass objects I enhanced with (yet another) can of spray paint. 

First, I made these water carafes for my Mister and me. 

his and hers frosted glass carafe

They were simple glass carafes that I picked up for a few dollars at a thrift store a few months ago.  I taped them off with alphabet stickers, painter’s tape, and paper towels.

his and hers taped

They remind me so much of the bottles from the shop in St. Helena.  I think they’d make a darling wedding gift.  Or you could monogram just one for yourself. 

hers big butt

They’re kind of Pottery Barnish.  Or Crate and Barrelish.  Like this bottle below.

 oil drizzler crate and barrel Crate and Barrel oil drizzler


Next victim: my laundry soap jar.  

laundry room frosted glass jar 

My coffee bean jar was not spared.

coffee bean frosted glass jar


Then I transformed this vase into an elegant candleholder. 

before and after frosted glass


I applied some stickers, and used painter’s tape to cover the top.

frosted glass spray paint

The new and improved version adds so much ambiance

frosted glass fall tablescape


Finally, the practical application.  I gave these previously clear glass bath cabinet doors a less transparent view of the interior.  Nothing too exciting inside anyway:  shampoo, soap, hairspray, yada, yada, yada. 

frosted glass cabinet after

There’s a botanical theme going on in this space.

botanical shower curtain

So I removed the doors and used flower shaped stickers to form this simple linear pattern on the inside of the glass, which will help it last in a steam filled space.

frosted glass cabinet door 

All of my glass was transformed with ‘Frosted Glass’ spray paint on the outside of my glass objects – except for the bathroom cabinet.  That was an inside job.  I liked how easy it was to apply, and how it dries in 10 minutes.  And it’s actually hand washable with mild soap and a soft rag.  But you can’t put it in the dishwasher.  And if you completely hate your pattern, it comes off with mineral spirits or paint thinner (according to the can.)

Many others have used acid based ‘Etching Cream’ (available at craft stores) to achieve this same effect. 

Take a look at some of these fabulous projects:

Etched Glass Storage Jars by Martha

etched glass storage jars martha


More pantry jars by Pink of Perfection

pink of perfection


sunset magazine etching

Etched jars via Sunset Magazine


Frosted glass table by The Purple Pea



Frosted Glass Table Top by Amanda at Serenity Now


Etched glass silhouette mirror by Living with Lindsay


Etched glass bathroom window by Martha

etched glass window martha


Frosted Glass House Number by Creative Glass Guild:

creative glass guild 

Frosted Glass Bookcase by Craftynest

crafynest frosted glass 

Sea glass frosted luminaries, available at Charming Weddings

sea glass luminary my wedding favors


Red polka dot frosted glass luminary by CandleLand

red frosted glass by candleland


And this loveliness by Uppercase Living:

uppercase living monogram

There are so many creative possibilities with either Frosted Glass spray paint or Etching Cream.  Perfume bottles, wine glasses, mirrors, hurricanes.  And frosted snowflake ornaments at Christmas !   I can’t wait. 

I hope you’re just as inspired as I am from all of these projects. 

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