Easy, DIY Dipped Vases

Howdy, folks! I hope everybody is having a fantastic week so far. Last weekend, I got a little kick in the bootie out of nowhere to get some projects started. It’s funny how that happens. After refinishing my little mid-century table TWICE, you’d think I’d wanna take a break from refinishing.  But, alas, this is what I found myself doing for a large part of Sunday… After clearing out the garage and locating the old table that I’m wanting to bring into my craft room, I began stripping that sucker of the layers upon layers of paint it was sporting.  And it’s taking a while. So, while I’m getting ‘er done, I thought I’d refresh my creativity by focusing on a few smaller, fun, crafty-type projects to break up the monotony of scraping (and scraping).

This project is simple, easy and cheap. Ya know those glass cylinders that somehow end up accumulating outta nowhere?

Well, I’ve got a ton. Especially the smaller ones as we used them in the centerpieces at our wedding (*cough!sixyearsago*).

Well, I was on the hunt for a new centerpiece for our table and decided to jazz a few of them up for just this purpose. I wanted to do something simple and reversible.  I decided to use the navy enamel paint that I’d used on the walls in Lucas’s room since I already had it on hand (It’s a Clark & Kensington oops paint that I got on clearance).  After washing and drying the vases well, I simply dipped the top of the vases into the gallon of paint…

… And set them to dry.   After a few hours, I went to go check on them and…..

Wellllllllllll….. While I’d wanted to achieve a somewhat imperfect look, this was a little out of hand with the drips.  Yeah. Littlebit.  And you can see the little smudges where Lucas had tried to “help” me.  Poor guy.  He had the best of intentions.  Now, I really think this would be a terrific look for a Halloween centerpiece, especially if you used red or black paint.  I, however, did not want a spooky vibe (yet), so I decided to start over.

This right here is a major perk of using latex enamel paint on glass….

It peels off in one piece. So, if you mess up, no big. Or if you wanted to, say, throw a dinner party with a particular color scheme, you could dip the vases in your color of choice and then be able to reuse the vases again later for a different event or display.

The second time around, I simply dipped the glasses the same way as before, but I held them upside down for much longer and kind of shook off the excess paint with a spiral motion.  I also kept an eye on them as they dried and if I noticed too much of a drip happening, I’d simply turn them upside down for a few moments to redistribute the paint up higher. This was the perfect recipe for the neater, somewhat organic look I was going for…

At this point, I wanted to add a little bling. So, I busted out the gold craft paint and mixed a few different shades to create the color I was going for on a disposable plate…

Then, I dipped the rim of the vases in the gold paint….

Which left this….

I added some greenery clipped from the back yard, and…

And there you have it!   A super simple centerpiece on the cheap!  I love the simplicity of it, but that the little gold rims really add some fun interest.  And now I just wanna play and jazz up all of our glass cylinders! #createdamonster

So, what’s your favorite way to jazz up a boring vase?

Linked up at: Tatertots & Jello
 

TDC Before and After
TDC Before and After

Flower Power! Lovely Lilies

Happy Friday, guys! So, this is my third post (or possibly fourth if you include this post) centering around displaying flower arrangements, so I decided to go ahead and make it an actual series entitled “Flower Power!”. Hopefully, this’ll help keep the posts more streamlined and easier to find (The other two can be found here and here).

As I mentioned in my first flower post, my husband Joey and I don’t usually make a huge deal of getting gifts for each other for traditional holidays, but he’s pretty awesome at surprising me with random flowers every so often.  And this was one of those occasions.  Ya see, Joey recently got a new position at work that he’d been hoping for. It’s a GREAT opportunity for him, but will lead to us seeing each other less during the week.

So, the other night, I got home from work and decided to go for a jog since Joey wasn’t home and Lucas was with my parents.  Which is when I tripped and completely busted out on the concrete.  I’m fine, but ended up scraping up pretty much every appendage, plus my stomach. Nice, right?  It’d been about 6 months since I’d last fallen on my face while jogging, so it was probably about time anyways.  :/

After sitting on the sidewalk for a few minutes, I got up, waddled back home, bleeding and whining, and walked into the house.  Which is when I discovered that Joey had planned a little surprise… Flowers, sushi, chocolate, The Walking Dead, AND he took the night off work so we could hang out before he started his new gig.  I had no clue that he was doing this, so it was really nice.  And it definitely made me feel better after my recent tumble. Of course, I couldn’t believe that my innate klutziness and gift for pristine timing had allowed me to fall on this of all nights (…nothing like whetting your appetite for sushi by removing gravel from flesh, huh? Yeah.). But, alas, this is me and as I’ve said before, I tend to be the poster child for Murphy’s Law (I hereby dub this “Exhibit A”).  In any case, he definitely succeeded in making me feel special and the extra time together was awesome.

As for the flowers, he gave me a large bouquet of purple and pink lilies.  Gorgeous.  He always picks good ones, I’ll tell ya.   I decided that a centerpiece change-up was well overdue, so I grabbed some galvanized buckets that I had laying around the house, a white platter from the kitchen, and a bamboo table runner…

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I wanted to keep it simple to allow the flowers to take center-stage and I feel like I succeeded.  They’re friendly and purple.  I mean, what more can a girl as for? …well, what more can a girl ask for, you ask?? …Why, pink flowers, TOO! So, to spread the pretty, the pink lilies got a little glam makeover with a metallic honeycomb vase…

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I love the blingy, glittery vase in contrast with our rattan coffee table.  It just happys up the living room to no end.   Now, if only I could keep the arrangement here all the time…  Unfortunately, having a three-year-old requires glamorous flowers to be relocated to the kitchen island after picture-taking time.   Just keepin’ it real, here.   I will say that I enjoyed their eye-candy-producing time on the coffee table, no matter how short the period. So, that’s my newest adventure in flower fun. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!