Adding a Pop of Colour is Just a Swirl Away

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day 2


The Pin!

I am such a sucker for soft pastel colours, especially when it comes to the teal colour family! I fell in love with this pin (originally from House & Home) during my initial Pinterest days, and have been coveting the painted jar & vase idea ever since. You’d think since it was such a simple craft, I would have gotten around to it sooner – but Pinterest is filled with so many bright and shiny distractions!



The Project Process:

To get started on today’s project, I made a quick trip to the local thrift store for a few cute vases. These guys were $1.00 each at the local Value Village, but I’ve also seen them at smaller thrift stores for 25-50 cents a piece. I picked this style of vase because I’ve always loved them, but you really could use whatever glass bottle you have around your house.


The video in the original pin calls for the type of latex paint that you get from the hardware store, but I didn’t happen to have any of that kickin’ around the house. What I did have, was a combination of Martha Stewart craft paint and dollar store Folk Art acrylic paint, so I thought I would give it a go.


Although the colours turned out amazing, I have to admit that the actual painting of the vases was not as easy as the video made it out to be. If you ask anyone who saw me trying to shake the paint around on the inside of the vase, they’d probably tell you I looked like a two year old trying to do a Zumba workout. I’m fairly certain it had something to do with the style of paint that I used, and that it would be much easier with a thinner kind of paint. It took about 30 minutes to actually cover the entire first vase I did (through various shaking methods), but the timing did get better as I worked out my own little system. Just remember to cover the top of the vase with your hand or a paper towel to prevent any paint from splashing out of the top!


One of the coolest things about this project is how much of a difference a good wash and coat of paint makes. I was blown away with how much detail these vases actually have, and how much more it stands out once they were painted. Just look at those puppies shine! At first I was hesitant on using found-at-home bottles, but after seeing the finished products, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t eyeing up the applesauce container that’s currently in hiding out in back of my fridge!

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