How to create a 'Sea Glass' Finish using paint.

Sea Glass. One on the most beautiful finishes you ever see on home accents.  It looks sophisticated, yet soft. Pretty but not too twee. I just love it.

Sea Glass from yogurt jars.

Sea Glass from yogurt jars.

I hate buying new glass, since I have so much at home just waiting to be recycled. So the only answer was to come up with a method of recreating Sea Glass using paint. Easy Peasy once you know how!

You will need: Clean washed glass jars, bottles, vases - glass anything really!

Paint - I like Fusion Mineral paint as it is thick enough to create texture without clumping and has a wonderful matte finish. You can use Fusion's Ultra Grip first - apply using the same method I describe for the paint. This will give you a really secure base.  

Being lazy I have not used Ultra Grip - but if you know your piece will get knocked about I highly recommend this magical product!

You will need...clean glass, blue shop cloth (buy from any auto detailer or superstore), Fusion Mineral Paint and optionally, Fusion Ultra Grip and bits for decor.

You will need...clean glass, blue shop cloth (buy from any auto detailer or superstore), Fusion Mineral Paint and optionally, Fusion Ultra Grip and bits for decor.

Once you have your items together it is simply a case of getting started.  Watch me in action right here. Much more fun than trying to describe how to dab and mix! 

It is that easy! Apply paint using your cloth, the arty part comes when you apply the white. Practice on some throw away jars, and then up your game. Go for it on something large!

Remember you can use all sorts of colours - pinks, reds, shades of white and grey, or blue and green. Yellow would look stunning!

Just look at these from West Elm. You can re-create these looks using wine bottles and pasta jars! Amazing!

I hope you enjoyed my little demonstration. Have fun and play with paint! 

Fiona.

 

Who needs new shoes when you can just paint the old ones?

I painted my shoes.  They were old, and grubby, and very, very comfy.  And I didn't want to throw them away.  So I painted them.  I happened to have pints on hand, but a tester pot would have been more than enough - in fact the coverage with Fusion is so good, that even with a little tester, there would have been enough paint for another project.

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Just follow the steps for the full tutorial.  It's very simple.

You will need:  1 pair of old shoes, free of dust and dirt, (these were suede), Fusion Mineral Paint - I used two colours from the brand new Tones for Tots range, (available in stores May 28th).  Little Teapot (turquoise) and Little Star (yellow), brushes, Fusion's lovely Beeswax Finish and a soft, lint free cloth.

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Seriously, it is this easy!

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Honestly...keep following!

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Just remember to sand between coats!

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Got to keep the soles looking good...

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Beeswax Finish to prevent cracking.

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And done!  Took less than an hour.  It would have taken me longer to get to the store for a new pair - and these are so comfy I don't have to worry about sore feet!

I am wearing them right now.  Happy Painting Paint People!

I am wearing them right now.  Happy Painting Paint People!