Textured Glass Beach Canisters

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Do you remember those square glass canisters with the round wooden lid? They were pretty popular in the 80′s and 90′s, but pretty much died off after that. I came across a pair of those at the thrift store several months ago and tucked them away for a future makeover project. These beachy canisters with a textured surface were the result!

Textured Glass Beach Canisters

Here’s the before shot – you remember these don’t you?

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I discovered this super cool product from Decoart called Texture Glass (available at Michaels). It’s a paintable texture that you can use on canvas, glass, foam core board, metal, wood and a few other surfaces as well. I had never heard of it, but after watching this demonstration video I couldn’t wait to try it!

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

This stuff is so cool! I wanted to create a surface that looked similar to sand and with the help of a big scruffy brush I was able to do just that.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

But before I jump ahead, let’s go in order. First, I painted the lids with a honey brown color. When they were dry, I went over them with a creamy color called Vanilla. When completely dry, I sanded off some of the lighter top coat to reveal the darker color underneath, giving them a weathered look. And, in case you are wondering about the drawings on the front of the canisters, you can read more about that at the end of this post.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I gave the canisters a good washing and drying. At first I used a pallet knife to layer on the Textured Glass fairly thick. But, after dabbing it with the scruffy brush, I realized for the design I was doing I had way too much on.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

So I used the pallet knife again to remove some of the Textured Glass then I re-stippled the surface using the scruffy brush. Now you have to let it dry for a while. And once it’s drive, an awesome transformation takes place…

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

That white product turns clear! So ultimately if you just wanted a textured clear surface, you could stop now. Cool lookin’ huh?

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I painted the surface with Americana Gloss Enamels (available at Michaels), the color: Sand.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

When that was dry, I dry brushed over the Sand with Light Buttermilk and wiped back the excess, just to add a little dimension to the color.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

For embellishments, I wrapped some twine around the canisters a few times, tied a knot and tacked it in place with hot glue.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

The last step was to choose my starfish and glue them in place!

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I’m really pleased with how they turned out and my daughter has already asked if she can have them for her apartment. Ha ha!

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Oh yeah, I said up above that I would tell you about the drawings on the jars. So, my original idea was to use Americana Writers, which are writable 3D paints, to decorate the glass. Then the idea was the spray paint over them. As you can see from the pictures above, I originally used some beach stencils I had and drew them on paper. Then I taped the paper inside the canister and used the 3D paint to draw the images onto the glass. So far so good! The problem came in when I spray painted the glass. Unfortunately, when I sprayed the canisters, the surface developed the dreaded orange peel effect. So, I ended up washing off the spray paint before it had a chance to dry completely and I tabled the project for another day.

Textured Glass Beach Canisters via CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I am a DecoArt Core Blogger. I was compensated for this post, but have always loved DecoArt products! Therefore, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.


11 Responses to Textured Glass Beach Canisters

  1. 1


    Eu adorei!Uma boa ideia!
    Ficou lindo!
    Abraços e tudo de bom!

  2. 2
    Jennifer says:

    Where did you buy your DecoArt Texture glass?

  3. 3
    edith says:

    Love the jars! Is there a way to make the Texture a color, and it stay clear? Kinda a beach glass look? Thanks!

    • 3.1

      Interesting idea Edith! I looked up the product info and while it doesn’t say anything about tinting, it does suggest using a glaze over the dried texture. Here’s the info link http://www.decoart.com/cgi-bin/Products.cgi?Paintable_Texture_-_Glass and here’s what it says about tinting:

      Texture Glass may be glazed with Elegant Finish Glazes or your own mix. To make a glaze, mix equal parts water and DecoArt Faux Glazing Medium with up to 35% Americana color of your choice. Once your project is dry, brush glaze over surface. Immediately wipe excess glaze from surface with a soft cloth. For a more subtle appearance, dampen the cloth before wiping back.

      I think I may give this a try. I was also thinking of using the Crystal Gloss Enamels over the dried surface as they are really pretty. I used them on these drinking glasses http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/04/crystal-enamel-drinking-glasses.html

  4. 4
    Gail Steffen says:

    The products needed are on my list, for the next trip to the city. Great idea!!

  5. 5

    These would be so perfect for a beach house or even outside on the patio!!

  6. 6

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  7. 7
    Carol Kates says:

    I have an outdated curio cabinet with arched doors with plain glass inserts and glass inserts on the sides. I have painted it black and it already looks amazing and up to date. I would like to lightly texture the glass but not color it and wonder if it is possible to put a light coating on so that you can still see through it but it is not just plain glass (similar to seeded glass). Can I lightly apply the texture paint and then use the scruffy brush to achieve the effect I am looking for. I’m nervous about applying this since there is a quite a bit of glass.

    • 7.1

      Carol, I think that’s very possible. The material does in fact dry clear. Here’s what I suggest. Go to a thrift store, or maybe you have one at home, and get a cheap frame with glass in it. Use the glass in the frame as your tester. See if you are able to achieve what you describe before using it on your actual surface. Please let me know how it turns out!

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