DIY | painted looking glass table numbers

March 16, 2012

Are you looking for a cute and unique way to number your wedding tables? If so, this project is perfect for you! So quick, so easy, and I’m obsessed with the look! The picture below doesn’t do these gorgeous table numbers any justice! They would look adorable lighting up any style of centerpiece… use for your table numbers or as any other decor… the versatility with this special Looking Glass Spray Paint from Krylon is endless! I have my ‘J’ lantern lit right now as I am typing… and I love it!

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

Supplies: Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (this exact paint is a must!), glass jars, large sticker numbers – or letters, and alcohol. My large stickers are from a scrapbooking store near my home, which will be your best bet in finding really large stickers.  Many of you crafters also have a cricket, which you could use to cut any size letters out of sticker paper.

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

First, start by cleaning your glass. Using the alcohol dabbed onto a paper towel, make sure to wipe down every part of the glass that will be painted. This will remove anything from greasy finger prints to price tag goo. Let the alcohol dry.

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

Next, firmly apply your choice of large number or letter to your glass jar – my ‘J’ is for Jen :)

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

Move outside to your favorite ‘spray paint location’ and start spraying. The directions say to shake vigorously for two minutes and continually shake in between sprays and coats. If you need to, gently turn your glass making sure to only touch the bottom.

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

I painted four light coats on each jar. In some areas the paint pooled and dripped a little, but with the coats of paint that followed, the drips disappeared. Multiple lighter coats are better than one heavy coat.

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

Once your jars are completely dry, gently peel off the stickers. If you scratch at the paint, it will come off – so I used my scissors to push the sticker up instead of scratching my nails on the glass. You will notice on the top part of my 8 there was a little bleeding, use your finger nail to scratch away any paint that bled. Add your candle and it’s a wrap! The gorgeous sheen of the new mirror look makes the flame of your candle dance around the entire glass jar!

DIY - Painted mirror glass wedding table numbers

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Photography: Studio 11 // Diy: Jen | Something Turquoise // Krylon Looking Glass Paint and all three glass jars: Michaels // large number/letter stickers: Basic Grey // nail polish: Essie, Turquoise & Caicos


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capsule de lin
March 16, 2012

thank you very much for this DIY very nice

Nikitaland
March 16, 2012

Holy Cow! This is such a truly unique idea! LOVE IT! Now, you've got my interest and I want to make some! This idea can be used for sooooo many things! Now I want to make some for Fourth of July with STARS on them! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea!

tokyohamster
March 16, 2012

wow i love this idea! i'm always looking for table number and tablescape ideas. this is really chic, modern, and fresh! thanks for sharing! pinned!

thebitchybride
March 16, 2012

These are lovely!

Alexandra
March 16, 2012

Love these!!!

v
March 16, 2012

this is the best idea I have ever seen. i have a mirror table that I set up, and this will be perfect.

marisakquijano
March 17, 2012

Super cute! I love them! Awesome idea!! xo

Heidi
March 19, 2012

Love this idea and I will be getting my glass spray paint on very soon!

tbenf
April 12, 2012

question: how do you get the sticker to peel off so nicely??? What brand of stickers do you use??

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    April 12, 2012

    Hi Tbenf! There is no trick to the peel... the paint and stickers separated perfectly. This paint is really really thin so there was no issue. They are Basic Grey, there is more info about both these topics in the tutorial description :)

      tbenf
      April 13, 2012

      Thank you so much :-) I am going to order some tonight!

Tiffany
September 19, 2012

Hi Jen! Such a great and easy DIY!! Im going to use them to number the tables at my wedding reception in January =) I did one trial run to keep around the house but it didn't turn out quite like yours.... the finish seems to be more matte than mirror like even though I used the same spray paint. Any advice? I have a pic for you too! Also tried the glam champagne glasses which turned out nicely =) Where can I send the pics??

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    September 19, 2012

    Hi Tiffany! Fantastic! Yeah, the Looking Glass paint does have more of a matte finish - the beauty shows up with the light from a candle! My only advice is to make sure and paint 3 light/even coats. You can either FB it to us or email me at jen @ somethingturquoise.com :)

Wendy
November 3, 2012

Hi Jen! I love this idea! Do you know if they have anything in gold color if my color theme is gold and purple? Or do you have other suggestions in terms of which paint to use?

jes
November 14, 2012

maybe i'm not doing it right. the looking glass spray paint is unmanageably runny and my efforts came out looking NOTHING like this. my hands got covered in silver spray paint, and that was about it. very blotchy and bad looking. not sure what i'm doing wrong.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    November 14, 2012

    Wow, Jes that sounds horrible - I'm sorry you are having trouble! If you have this exact paint, it needs to be painted in very light even coats. The nature of this paint is different than most paints, it is a little runny and that's why the coats need to be light. It will drip if you spray it too heavy. Also, I wouldn't hold the glasses while painting - I would keep them on a surface like I do in my tutorial. Some blotchy spots are ok, that's kind of part of the look of this paint. Try again, but next time tape off your jars and sit them on a surface that you won't touch until you are done painting them - just keep painting thin coat after thin coat, letting each coat dry in between. Hope this helps!

jes
November 15, 2012

nevermind! turns out i'm just not-so-smart at operating a can of spray paint. looks lovely now. thanks again!

Leilani
November 18, 2012

This is a great idea! Do you think different spray paints may be used? I was thinking of using a silver glitter spray paint, do you think it would apply the same way?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    November 18, 2012

    Hi Leilani! Absolutely! This technique should work with any spray paint. Opaque paints will show off the table number the best - so you might need to use a lot of glitter paint to get the coverage that will clearly show the number. Hope this helps!

Fatma Goms
December 29, 2012

beautiful job, loved.

Anne Averette Hollabaugh
April 19, 2013

Love this:)

WobiSobi
April 19, 2013

Awesome idea.

Brooke
May 6, 2013

Lovely idea! Would you recommend it for drinking glasses as well?

Elizabeth Susanna
May 22, 2013

Trying to make these for a bride. Cant find number stickers for the life of me... any ideas?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    May 22, 2013

    Amazon and other online retailers sell large number stickers, so does Michaels and JoAnns and most all independent scrapbooking stores :)

Kathy
August 19, 2013

Very cool idea! I want to try this. I always accumulate random vases - so this would be a good repurpose project! Thanks!

Elaina
January 11, 2014

These look awesome.How much spray paint is needed? I do not want to buy too much or too little. If the glass is roughly your size? I am going to attempt 25 table numbers.

Thanks, Elaina