How To Paint On Glass With Chalk Paint

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Have you ever tried painting glass? I love how a little paint can change the look of a glass piece from drab to fab? I found this old cake plate at the thrift store and while I liked the look of it plain I wanted to change it up a bit to add to my colorful kitchen decor. If you’ve got some old bottles, glass vases, or even a cake plate that you’d like to give a face lift read on for tips on how I paint on glass with chalk paint.

Just a little paint can change up some old glass pieces

This project is part of a Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge I participate in once a month. Not only can you see my project here, but so many other projects ideas that are sure to inspire you. Here’s how it works:

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
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So now on to my project tutorial:

How To Paint On Glass With Chalk Paint

I love that I was able to find this piece for a few dollars and without any chips or problems. I have always enjoyed having a cake, pie, or cookies around to nibble on for my family and this will keep them fresher longer. I’ve been adding some brighter colors to my decor lately and thought it would be fun to include this plate in my colorful mix.


Painting On Glass With Chalk Paint Tutorial

  • First, be sure to clean the glass well and let dry. Then use rubbing alcohol and some cotton balls and go over the places you will be painting. This will help the paint to adhere even better.

  • Next, I taped around the handle using painter’s tape because I decided to paint the handle, too. Depending on the piece you paint you may need to do some taping, too.

  • I highly suggest using a good chalk paint. It adheres better, dries faster, and once it’s cured will give you a semi-permanent finish.

  • If you are painting a piece that will come in contact with food like my piece I feel more comfortable only painting the areas that won’t come in contact with the food. For instance, I painted the underside of the stand instead of the top. Such a great bonus for painting on glass; you can see through it.
  • Apply your first coat of paint and let dry completely. 
  • Apply a second coat and let dry. You may need to do a third coat depending on the type of chalk paint you use and the color.
  • To finish I spray the painted side with a clear varnish. You could also brush on a liquid varnish like Mod Podge, too. 

  • To clean just wipe with a damp cloth. Do not put in the dishwasher or submerged in water. This may cause the paint to chip or scratch.
  • Enjoy!

I’m thrilled with how it turned out and am looking around for other glass items to paint. Have you done any glass painting?

If you like this project could you please pin the image below and share with your followers.

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. I love how you totally upcycled this glass platter. Teal is one of my fave colors! Visiting from Thrift Store Upcycle.

  2. I’ve painted glass before, but I’ve never tried it with chalk paint. Love the new pop of color.

  3. I had no idea this was painted glass. Very nice idea. And I never would have thought to use chalk paint, I thought you would need special paint Thanks for the info. And I love the pop of color.

  4. This is so clever. I love the teal colour you chose and it looks fabulous with the matching handle and tray. Looks great in your kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

  5. This turned out great! Love the beautiful color you chose!

  6. This turned out so pretty! I have painted glass before but with spray paint. There are always so many glass pieces at thrift stores and now that I know you can use chalk paint, I will be looking at those things more closely. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I would never have thought to paint this! What a smart idea!

  8. I’ve never tried painting with chalk paint on glass! I love the way it turned out!

  9. Very cool! I too would not of thought to paint one of those! Great idea & it came out great!

  10. I would never have thought to paint the glass but I love the definition it gives. You could use any color and it would look great but I love the cheery color you chose, great job!

  11. Oh my goodness! I’ve got a cake plate just like this one that would look so pretty with a new paint job.

    Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!

  12. I had no idea you could use chalk paint on glass. I’m going to look at glass dishes in a whole new light now 🙂

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