I've given up. I tried, guys. I tried to buy cute drinking glasses. I'd find an adorable pair of bar glasses at a thrift store, adorned with different birds, and drop a pretty penny on them. And then, within weeks, I'd break one, maybe two, then three, and have a really strange amount of glasses left. Like, why do I have three bird glasses? Because at one time, I had six. I tried even buying extra glasses. I'll get a set of six, so if two break, I still have four! Nope — last time I checked, the last set I did that on, I now have one.
So, I've learned my lesson. I no longer buy even remotely costly drinking glasses. It's just not something that is financially viable for me. I don't buy flimsy, thin glass, either. I can only handle thick, sturdy, cheap drinking glasses. The trouble is, they're not always so pretty.
So, IKEA to the rescue! I had fawned over some drinking glasses that looked exactly like these at a beautiful store called Pluk when I visited Amsterdam. But at €15/glass, that was a big nope for me — not because I wouldn't spent that much, or because they weren't worth it, but because I couldn't spend that much on something I knew I would break. Even if I tried super, duper hard! But then, as the kitchen gods would have it, just a week later, I walked by these puppies in IKEA. They were very similar, sans the beautiful gold rim, and I just knew a DIY project had been born. €2/glass and $2 for paint later, and I was on my way to get my drink on without beating my self up for breaking beautiful, expensive things.
- Rim the outside and inside of your glasses with painters tape. I made my gold rim very thin — about 1/4" — but you can do however thick you'd like. Make sure the tape is stuck on there very well — the inside can be tricky. Use smaller pieces if you must.
- Squeeze a small amount of paint out onto a plate and dip the tip of the foam brush in. Gently cover the rim of the glass with the paint, adding more paint as necessary. Let dry two hours.
- Add a second coat of paint. Let dry two hours.
- Remove tape. If your paint ran, you can use a razor blade to gently scrape it off at this stage. If you let it sit too long, it will be very difficult and may come off in chunks.
- Let dry overnight. Add a drink and enjoy! Hand wash — do not put in the dishwasher.
Photos and text © copyright Katie Currid, 2016. All rights reserved.