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Artist in the Spotlight - Carolanne Tulloch, Annabelle Interiors

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Ever Wondered How to Paint Glass or Metal? Here's HOW!

Do you have a glass or metal project that you’d like to paint? Maybe you have a shiny, smooth surface that you’re worried about tackling. Here are a few hot tips and tricks for getting better adhesion on smooth surfaces!

Step 1) Clean your surface

It can be difficult for paint to adhere to smooth surfaces because they are very non-porous, and there is no texture for the paint to grip onto. Follow these quick tips to ensure your paint will last for years!

Use a gentle, natural soap and warm water to clean your surface and remove any contaminants or oil that might prevent the paint from adhering. After you’ve washed your entire surface, it’s a good idea to use a new cloth to wipe everything down with plain water to remove any last residue.

Step 2) Prime, if necessary

If you’re working on a project that will get a lot of wear and tear and you’re concerned about durability, a primer might be the way to go. If you decide to use a primer, I like the powerful Country Chic Clear Bonding Primer, & it's a winner!

Step 3) Scuff sand your surface

Wait until your surface is completely dry, then use a coarse sanding block to lightly sand the entire surface of your piece. This gives your piece a bit more texture for the paint to grip onto and will lead to better adhesion. Make sure you use a clean cloth to wipe away any dust this creates before you move on to the next step.

Step 4) Apply a thin coat of paint

My go-to paints are Country Chic & Annabell Duke, perfect for transforming crafts & furniture.

Step 5) Add a second coat if needed.

For most colours you’ll find that just one coat is sufficient. But, if you’d like to add a second coat you can do so after letting the first coat dry for about 1-2 hours.

Step 6) Distress your piece if required

Voila, you have a wonderful painted piece to go with your decor!

For more Furniture ideas & inspiration, you can hop onto my social channels on Facebook or Instagram or visit my website Annabelle Interiors, for workshops, furniture makeovers, and all things paint!

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