Saturday, September 18, 2010

DIY Story Time: A Vase Transformation

For well over a month now I have been dying to spray paint something. I have always, always loved the oil rubbed bronze (ORB) finish for home fixtures, and when I learned from Thrifty Decor Chic that you can buy the stuff in a can, I knew I had to run out and get some myself. I went to Wal-Mart first thing and got my can of Krylon ORB.  I stared at it in the cart as we selected the rest of our purchases. Kept my eye on it at the checkout. Caressed it when we got it home. Haha.

But then the can sat in a closet. And sat. And sat. Because honestly, we don't own a lot of things that can be spray painted. Oh sure, there are plenty of odds and ends around this place that I would LOVE to get my hands on...if we actually owned them. Brass fixtures EVERYWHERE that are DYING for an update. And I personally have no problems with changing out a fixture or two, but Eric (Mr. Responsible) wouldn't hear of it. Shucks! I'm telling you honey, our landlord would thank me. :)

And day...I spotted something that was crying out in a small, pitiful voice,"Paint me...paint me." The poor thing. I must walk by it a dozen times a day, and it must have been calling out all along, I was just too busy chasing a baby to notice it. My glass vase. My one dollar, generic, everybody has a ton of these but doesn't know what to do with them, glass vase.

I have confessed to you here about my love affair with faux flowers. I really do have a black as death thumb, and while I know "fresh is best," I just can't can't seem to handle the real thing. And my kid likes to eat plants, so it's probably not a good idea to have a ton of them around at the moment, haha. (Aunt Brenda, the plant you sent me on my birthday is STILL alive and doing well! No worries!) ANYWAY, the only thing about faux flowers is the fact that they have faux stems and don't really look the greatest in a see-through glass vase.

I tried my best to mask the fact that these lovelies were screaming, "FAKE! FAKE!" by adding some dazzle beads to the bottom of the vase. I don't know what illusion I was trying to create here...golden water?? But it worked for the time being, though I was never truly satisfied with the final product. So when the idea materialized to paint the vase, well, I jumped on the opportunity!

I ran to the closet, got my can of Krylon ORB, and grabbed that faux arrangement as fast as I could. I'm not exaggerating here; Evelyn was taking a nap, and I knew I had a small window of time to get this DIY project done. Took the flowers out...and then..."ahhhh!" The project came to a screeching halt as dazzle beads went flying around the room. Let me tell you. I was not "dazzled" by the dazzle beads. They may not look like much, but when they are spilled they go e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. I'm going to be finding dazzle beads (probably in Ev's mouth) for a month!

I did eventually make it outside with the vase and spray paint in hand. I had this grand plan in my mind about how I was going to do this. First of all, know that I've never spray painted anything in my life. So, I was trying to remember what Sarah (Thrifty Decor Chic) said about always spraying in "fast, short, spurts," or something like that. I did that. Except, someone should have told me to back - away - from - the - vase. Whoops! Definitely did a no-no and caused some drips by spraying too closely.


Well, fartfignoogin. Oh, well! That is why you do your first DIY project on a one dollar vase! And all is well in the end...that side will just have to be turned to the back. :) So, I started from the bottom and worked my way up. That way I could hold the vase at the top and tip it to adequately spray all of the little areas at the base. The great thing about spray painting glass is that it's see through, so the light shines through and shows you the areas that you've missed.

I finally got the the whole thing covered, let it dry, and brought it inside. I know it's hard to tell from the pictures, but this thing sparkles. Oooh, ahhh. It's all shimmery and ORB-like and I just love it. And the best part? No fake, I mean faux!, stems showing through!

So here's a look at the vase in it's home. Same vase, same flowers, same home, just a little bit of spray paint added in. I personally think it looks a lot more substantial than it did before and a lot less like a dollar store vase. Mission accomplished! And let me tell you all, it felt so good to spray that paint. Oh, my. I think I have found a new addiction. No cheap things in this house are sacred anymore; They're all getting "the treatment." I'm seriously contemplating ORBing the toaster. Okay, not really.

Before and After:


Fall is the perfect time to get out and do some DIY projects. I don't have much longer before baby #2 comes bouncing into our lives, so I've gotta get this out of my system while I can! But, I can certainly live vicariously through you all. Go get yourselves some Krylon ORB and spray something. I'm telling you, it's going to change your life.


Ashley N. said...

That was a great idea! The vase looks fantastic!

Adrien said...

Thanks! I have a lamp that's begging to be next. :)

Meagan said...

The vase looks awesome!! I have to admit that iwas inspired to do some spray painting myself after reading Thrifty Decor Chicks far I've painted two lamps & some shelves!

Helen said...

You are a girl after my own heart. I love the vase. I love to paint also. Most of my decorations are not the same color they were when I purchased them. I even painted my lamp bases to match my decor. Gives you that "designer home". Love it Adrien.


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