Bronzed Coffee Mugs {DIY}

I think Corey is either trying to be the best husband in the world or he is sick of Megan and I not fulfilling our DIY quota like we should be, so he has decided to take the matter into his own hands and do yet another DIY.  A super attractive one I might add.  I’ll just be sitting here eating my bon bons.

I was striding through Starbucks, as I often do to get my iced white mochas, when I noticed their fancy coffee mugs.  They are essentially white mugs with some type of bronze or gold design with a price tag of $12.

Now if you could imagine our kitchen cabinet for a moment, you would see about 12 white, plain coffee mugs.  As I know Colleen’s love for all things gold and metallic, I figured that this was a great opportunity to fancy up some of our mugs.  I stopped by the nearest Michael’s and found that Martha Stewart Crafts makes glass paint.  I grabbed a bottle of the copper Glass Paint (Metallic/Opaque), because I wanted to go with a bronze look.


What you’ll need:

– Martha glass paint

– Plain coffee mug

– Flat small paintbrushes

– Blue painter’s tape

What you’ll do (Instructions based off of Martha Stewart Crafts website):

1) First clean your mug with some alcohol (probably best to use rubbing and not Patron like I did since I couldn’t find the rubbing alcohol).  Once done, use some paint tape to tape up the mug if you are trying for a straight line.  Now I tried a couple of brushes and found that the best brushes were flat small brushes, likely because they carry more paint.  Start painting your desired design.  You will have to go over the same spot a couple of times, so paint and then go back later and paint over it again until you have covered the entire area to your liking.  Try painting the handle on a mug first, so you get use to painting on this smooth glass/ceramic surface, then try the more daring design.

2) After you finished painting, let it air dry for 1 hour, then put the mugs on a pan and put them in a cool oven.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees, and let it heat up; then bake for 30 minutes (you want to let the glass heat up gradually).  After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the mugs in until the glass has completely cooled.  Wait 72 hours until using them.

Now enjoy drinking your coffee with a little more glamour.

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  1. Megan

    Looks awesome Cor! You’ve got a permanent position! Also, I want some.

  2. Stephanie

    They look great!!!! Can they be put in the dishwasher too?

  3. Taylor

    Corey these are great!! I have a new DIY that I can probably pull off.

  4. Katie

    The mugs look fantastic! Great job Corey!

  5. Caitlin

    Oh that Corey! Great job!

  6. Kat Faux

    Yes you can wash them……they are safe for the top shelf of the dishwasher

  7. Michelle

    These are so pretty. But also masculine! Love and want some of these! Thanks for the tutorial!