Sunday, May 23, 2010
Jazzing up glass vases
Here's a group of the house-shopped things I'm putting together in my redone teal and chocolate brown bedroom. Can you guess which these vases started out looking completely different? That would be the pair of textured vases flanking the dark brown candle holder thingy with a nest on top. Yeah, those two. Because when I got them from the thrift store they were just plan old everyday glass vases which you can also get at the Dollar Store. I got mine for .50 apiece. Yeah, I am so cheap. Budget minded. Thrifty. Stingy with a buck. ; 0 )
So I started with a pair of perfectly serviceable standard glass cylinder vases. A classic style. Very clean and utilitarian. And.... kind of boring and I wanted something with a bit more pizazz in my remade bedroom and as usual, I couldn't leave well enough alone.
Close up of the roll of textured, paintable wall paper which was a great deal at $3 from the Goodwill. All together now, we love that thrift store shopping!
I Mod Podged the paper to the vase and clipped the top and bottom edges to fold over neatly.
Then I matched my paint to my comforter color and went to town. Pretty but a bit too teal, I think. I wanted the texture to show a bit more, also.
Umm, burnt umber brushed over the top. I like it better already, but now it's a bit too brown and strong....
Ah, better yet. Rubbed off the excess paint with a gentle touch and it really does look more like what I wanted. Sort of a textured, vintage worked leather look with lots of great contrast. I let them dry, and sealed with some clear acrylic and Voila!
A pair of vases with the rugged look of vintage worked leather that goes really really well with the stuff I've pulled together. Hmmm, they look streaky in the pic but they aren't in real life. I love the way they came out and now I spy a Pirouette cookie tin in the kitchen that is just the right shape and size to make this vase pair into triplets! It's a little taller and will be a good addition..but maybe I'll paint it in reverse, chocolate brown with teal accents? I just can't leave well enough alone, can I?
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