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Plain glass vases seem to accumulate at our house, probably because they are such a great deal at dollar stores and thrift shops. They can be pretty on their own with gorgeous flowers, but there is a limit to how many I need around. In the reader survey, many of you were looking for inexpensive decor ideas, so I decided to round up a bunch of vases and give them cheap to chic makeovers.
Before I could start, I needed to make sure the vases were all as clean as possible. Since hand washing is no fun, I tested out the brand new Finish® Max in One™ tablets. They shine and protect glassware, so they were perfect for the job! I found them on one of my many trips to Target last week. If you want to try them, make sure you use the Cartwheel app to save 5% on NEW! Max in ONE & Quantum Max Small Size 3/29-4/25 http://cbi.as/4byq
When the vases came out of the dishwasher, they looked better than when they came home from the store. We’ll definitely be using the Max in One™ tablets from now on.
With my vases clean, I couldn’t wait to get started on the makeovers.
For the short vase, I wanted to try out etching cream. I’ve had some in the craft room for years, but hadn’t been brave enough to test it out.
I cut a stencil on my craft cutter, but you could use stickers or pre-made stencils for the same effect.
I globbed the etching cream onto the vase and 20 minutes later washed it off according to the package directions. It worked even better than I had hoped. Now I have an awesome monogrammed vase for my desk that looks like it cost a lot more than $1.
Next up, I wanted to create something fun and geometric. I grabbed some washi tape and started masking off sections in triangles and quadrangles. I also ran some tape around the inside lip so I wouldn’t accidentally paint the inside. For extra protection, I stuffed in some paper towels.
When I was done taping, I gave the vase a few light coats of gold spray paint.
After letting it dry for several minutes, I carefully pulled away all the tape and was left with a super chic modern vase! It looks great with branches cut off our peach tree. But let me tell you, April is apparently when the bees fertilize the peach tree. They were EVERYWHERE. I kinda felt like I was risking my life for these branches. Once I got back inside unharmed, I decided the beautiful end result was worth the risk!
For my last makeover, I wanted to give one of the vases more of a pottery look. This one ended up being my favorite and it was also the easiest! I started off giving the top 2/3’s of the vase a couple light coats of spray paint. I used a side to side motion so the paint would end around the same spot all the way around. It doesn’t have to be perfect though.
While the blue was still wet, I added gold to the bottom. The best technique I found was to start spraying before the bottom of the vase, then sweep up, stopping once a little blue was covered. I repeated the bottom to top motion all the way around.
I wanted the intersection of colors to be very natural and uneven. The plan worked perfectly. I don’t think anyone would guess that this was a clear dollar store vase!
If you want to try out any of these techniques, I’d love you to pin the image below.
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