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Create Designer Style Metallic Gold And Clear Glass Vases

A can of spray paint and thrift store vases are all you need to create designer-worthy two-tone metallic gold and clear glass vases. 

thrift store vases

I bought the three vases at my local thrift store and gave them a pretty finish in just minutes. I’m sharing all the details of the makeover plus….it’s Thrift Store Decor Day. Yay! Eight thrifty inspirational projects.

painters tape for spray painting vases

The inspiration piece for this project is a vase I spotted at Hobby Lobby. It was a clear glass vase with the upper third metallic gold and the lower part just the clear glass. I loved the vase and knew I could DIY it at home.

The hardest part of the project was applying the painter’s tape to the areas I did not want to spray paint. The problem was the short, curvy piece. I planned to spray paint only the top third of the glass, but I couldn’t get the tape to lay flat on the curved area without much crimping.

spray paint vases with metallic spray paint

That meant there would be no straight paint line- more of a jagged one. So, I finally moved the tape down to the flat area of the glass. Then, I also taped the inside lips of the vases to prevent paint from getting inside.

get clean paint lines with Frog Tape

The spray paint which totally makes this look is Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold (on Amazon). I love this paint; it is so shiny and vibrant.

I pulled the painter’s tape off the glass immediately after the paint dried. Leaving the tape on too long may cause the paint to dry to the tape and pull away from the glass when the tape is removed.

how to spray paint glass vases with metallic gold paint

Just look at those crisp, straight lines on the glass vases. I have to admit that pulling off the tape is my favorite part of the project. Weird, right?

how to make designer style gold and clear glass vases

The vases turned out even better than I expected. The shine is fabulous. They are sitting on the small chest in our blue and white guest bedroom

clear vases spray painted with Rustoleum metallic gold paint

The vases look great displayed with flowers or without.

make metallic gold and clear glass flower vases

The metallic gold paint is as shiny as my brass lamp. This lamp is real brass….the heavy kind. 

metallic gold spray painted vases 1

The three different sizes of vases and the various shapes work well together. And I did a great job of placing the tape. I don’t have a problem patting myself on the back. I have enough projects that go wrong or cause headaches so when I have a win the first time around…..I’m proud.

spray painted vases with pink tulips

I added the pink daffodils since it is almost Springtime. Pink and gold are pretty together.

how to make metallic gold and clear glass flower vases

I love working with glass bottles and vases. Spray paint creations are fast and easy. Take a look at this project…

Rust oleum Metallic Spray Paint for Home Decor
Rust oleum Metallic Spray Paint for Home Decor

I used multiple colors of spray paint to make designer-worthy mercury glass decor. Find the project details here….DIY Multi-Colored Mercury Glass With Silver, Gold, And Bronze Spray Paints

And this upcycled liquor bottle got a really cool look….


Hydrodipped Crown Royal Bottle. See the video below….

Spray Paint Dipped Bottle Video

Now it’s time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the text links below the “before makeover” photo collage….

thrift store decor makeovers February 2024

Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Bar Stools Into Nightstands – My Repurposed Life
Metallic Gold Designer Worthy Vases – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
Updating A Thrift Store Lamp – Our Southern Home
Winter Scenes In Silver Plate – Sadie Seasongoods
Teak Wooden Bowl Makeover – House Of Hawthornes
DIY Floral Metallic Side Table – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Valentines Puzzle Heart Decor – Shop At Blu
DIY Hobnail Milk Glass Candle – Domestically Speaking

how to create designer style gold and clear glass vases

 What do you think of the metallic gold and clear glass vases? Did I do good? I personally love them. As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. That’s it! I am doing this. Looks like something you’d see at Anthropologie. It looks so high-end at a fraction of the cost.

  2. These turned out so pretty! I might make some for my desk to catch all the clutter! Super cute!

  3. Very pretty glassware project Kathy. I love the shiny gold spray paint! The vases look so trendy.


  4. Hi Kathy! I love these and there are plenty of glass vases at the thrift store. I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  5. These turned out SO GORGEOUS, Kathy!! And I totally get the satisfaction of peeling off the tape- it’s so gratifying (if the line is clean, LOL).