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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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70 comments:

  1. I *love* teal and brown together!! You bedroom will be gorgeous in these colors. Another great project!

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  2. wow, that looks great! one way to add color into a room with an inexpensive and specially made accessory...great job. have a great week ahead! verbena cottage

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  3. Great Job! Love it when we can find stuff at the GW and make it look like it came from a expensive store. Blessings, Vicky

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  5. What a great idea! It matches everything perfectly.

    Alyssa

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  6. Looove the vases! What a good idea!

    www.christinascreativeside.blogspot.com

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  7. Great colors! Love the way you antiqued the paper

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  8. What a lovely gathering! They all look so perfect together!

    Jeanine

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  9. Very pretty - love the relaxing colors...

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  10. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

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  11. Hi Ann! I'm trying to find your email so I can write you. Would you consider doing a guest post for us on our Fabulous Friends Wednesday Feature? I would really love it if you can! Please send me a quick email and I'll give you more info. We'd love to have you, please say yes!
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  12. Very very cute! I love the colors you used and the way everything turned out together. That is so great! :)

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  13. Look'n good! Love your banner too! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    Ginger
    SSB

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  14. Definitely look like leather. Terrific idea.
    Kathy

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  15. Ohhhhhh...how fun and frugal! I have some textured wallpaper remnants here and you're giving me ideas. Thank you!

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  16. Very nice! Love how you used the wall paper on the vase! The turq. and choc. look great together!

    -heather

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  17. They turned out so beautiful -- they almost remind me of leather!

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  18. Those look AWESOME!
    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog, I really appreciate the sweet comments!

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  19. What a fabulous idea. Love the bright, vibrant color too!

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  20. That looks fantastic! So simple and thrifty, but appears like something straight out of a magazine!! :)

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  21. Super idea! I learn something new and creative in blog land every single day.:) I'll certainly be adding this one to my folder of ideas.
    Thanks so much for sharing it.
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  22. Awesome idea, what a great score to find paintable wallpaper at GW! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Oh my gosh! Your vases are gorgeous! What an incredible idea! I really love the textured wallpaper (what a find!) and your painting technique. You have so, so many creative ideas! We just got back from vacation last night (6 days in Paris!), so I am just getting caught up on comments to my blog. I really missed blogging! I will upload some photos from our trip today hopefully!

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  24. Once again, I love it! You always impress me with what you come up with. I can't even tell you how many of those vases I have passed up becasue I didn't "catch the vision". Now I'll definitely stop and take a second look.

    Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday. I love seeing what you link up every week and look forward to next week as well!

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  25. Wow, that was cool! So when's the big reveal on the bedroom?

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  26. Amazing transformation! I love the colors! Simply fabulous! What a way to shop your house! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  27. I love what you did with the vases. I love textured wallpaper. It looks great no matter what you do with it.

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  28. Textured wallpaper is now on my shopping list while I thrift. Great idea!!

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  29. oh my goodness, i love your blog header and that first beautiful image! the blues and greens all making sense together and calming! your redo of that vase was amazing.

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner! you are right, you did see a hugging/kissing couple. it is a replica of the kiss sculpture by brancusi. it is one of my favorite pieces, and this was a graduation gift years ago from my friends.

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  30. That is great! Can you make me some?!!! :-) You are so creative!

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  31. Absolutely fab! I will be on the lookout for that paper!

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  32. Thanks for sharing and helping to make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory

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  33. Beautiful job! You definitely scored on the textured wallpaper at Goodwill! I love the colors you chose, it almost looks like a weathered copper finish.

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  34. Thanks for visiting my blog! Wow have you got an eye for color! Amazing blog header! I heart blue and green!

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  35. Great job! Love it! Love the turquoise!! Please stop by and enter my giveaway!!!

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  36. You are a maker! What a great job! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Seriously......this is a perfect project for me! I have one of those plain jane vases that I was going to get rid of and I also have some of the textured paper. It's always more exciting when you have the items already and can get started right away! ;-)

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  38. Woo Hoo! Thank you so much for linking this great project to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and joining the fun.

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  39. They look fabulous. I never cease to be amazed at that talented people I come across here in blogland. Thanks so much for the "tutorial". Do you have pictures posted of your teal and brown bedroom?

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  40. Just read down several days worth of your posts and I think we are kindred spirits. lol. We do a lot of the same things. Hello new friend!
    Cindy :)

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  41. fabulous! that's one of my favorite colors!

    thanks for stopping by my chandelier tutorial!

    one for my patio is on my list too! :) if you craft one up please share a photo! I'd love to see!

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  42. That is beautiful! I'm going for a similar color pallet in our master bedroom. The walls are a golden tan, textiles are chocolate brown and I'm trying to bring teal into the room. Right now I have throw pillows and an old curtain panel I want to turn into a tufted headboard. Love your idea for extra accessories.

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  43. Stopping by from New Friend Friday. Love your creative blog! Great tips!!
    http://www.inspired2cook.com

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  44. wow, pretty nifty. you got me at saving money, because i'm like that whenever i go shopping.

    visiting from new friend friday :)

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    Happy Friday!!

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  46. Those turned out great! Love the texture and color.

    Thanks for linking my Flaunt it Friday party! Please come back next week. :)

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  47. Your project is wonderful - love it!

    Have a great weekend.

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    "Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle"

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  48. I found you through Funky Junk Interiors. I am in awe! I loved every single post you've posted! I am VERY inspired and am now a follower :-)

    Katy

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  49. Wow what a gret idea!

    Thanks for sharing at Saturday is Crafty day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

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  50. Wow, that's some fun idea you have! Makes you realize nothing has to remain the same at all. Love the texture!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  51. WOW! That is too cool! I love it! : )

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  52. Beautiful! All so very coordinated. I do love the texture to the vase...it looks like wax now...so pretty! -shaunna :)

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  53. I've featured this project on my blog!

    http://sallyleebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/05/make-best-of-things.html

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  54. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured here:

    http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/2010/05/mad-skills-monday-link-party-10.html

    Feel free to snag my Featured button!
    Ginger
    SSB

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  55. I love this and as one of my fav colors, you won my heart w this project right away! Thanks so much for coming and linking up at Fabulous Friday!
    Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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  56. What a neat project! I never would have thought of that.

    Thank you so much for linking up to the party. :-)

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  57. That's such a great idea! I love what you have done with the glass vase. It is truly inspiring, unique and very creative. Well done. :)

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  58. This is awesome. Seriously. Love the idea!! Thanks for linking it up at Fun to Craft!!

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  59. So cool!! I would have never guessed how you made those! Great idea!

    Thanks for linking up!

    I hope you join me today for another link party!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  60. i've seen those vases a lot and never thought to do something like that with them. good job, thanks for linking up to my party!

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  61. Simply gorgeous! Those colors make me swoon!

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  62. I just clicked to become your newest follower. I have read your blog from present to this posting and can't wait to read later postings. Your style is awesome and your talent is incredible, thank you for sharing with us.

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  63. Beautiful and what a good idea, never thought of doing it like this, thank you thank you for the tip! (I came straight

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