Saturday, April 14, 2012

Painted Thrift Store & Dollar Store Vases!

I am so excited to share this tutorial with you! I got the original idea here.  It requires very few supplies and you will be so happy with the results! You basically just add paint and water to a vase and rotate/swirl to coat. By painting the inside of the vases the outside remains glassy and beautiful!




Here is what you need to do this project:
  • Vases
  • Paint
  • Water
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Coffee Filters
  • Sponge
 The paint samples I purchased were both Glidden... "Sweet Baby Girl" and "Almost Aqua". I then decided to use some leftover gray and white paint I already had.


Make sure your vases are clean, and then put about 1 tablespoon of paint in the bottom of the vase, then add a few drops of water. Just a tiny amount, otherwise the paint will run!

Coat evenly by moving bottle. Twirl the paint around by turning the vase, use coffee filters to cover the top with so that you don't get paint everywhere. Its ok if you get paint on the outside of the vase! Just use a sponge to wipe off as you go. Next place the vase face down on the coffee filters (they really absorb a lot) A lot of paint will drip out the bottom. Leave for about 2 minutes face down, and then flip back over right side up.Use a foam paintbrush for touch ups. Let dry completely. I did two coats! You can't add water to these vases after you paint them. (The orchid I used is silk) If you want something you can add real flowers to, check out my lovely friends tutorial here. She just simply painted the outside of her vases to look like milk glass!


This will be their home on this shelf in my kitchen, when we are finished painting our counter-tops, like we did here in our last house. I think I will add another shelf of them and do some more.


For now, they are here on this table in my living room. What do you think?


I linked up this post with these lovely blog parties:
Tater Tots and Jello 
It's Overflowing

50 comments:

  1. Oh geez. those are gorgeous! I love yours!! :)

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  2. So cool! I'm doing this! I have tons of vases and jars that need some TLC.

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  3. I want to touch them...they are so pretty!

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  4. These are beautiful! I'm going to try this and put them in my living room! Ash you are so talented!

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  5. Gorgeous! Here is my Sundae Scoop post: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/bell-bottom-baby.html

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    1. I will check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. So cute! I love the simplicity of the look! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius link party! http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/04/unveil-your-genius-link-party-6.html
    (New linky every Thursday...each linky runs for a week)

    Happy Sunday!

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  7. Awesome Job. Can't even tell they are dollar tree finds.

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    1. Thank you!! Yes it was so inexpensive to do :)

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  8. So lovely! The colours you chose are perfect. They look great as a whole collection. I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share this at the Make it Great party that's going on now. Hope to see you there~

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  9. What a great tutorial. I just love the look of the painted vases! I have become your newest follower :)

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  10. those are so delicate and pretty!!!! Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

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  11. Adorable. I love it and would love if you linked it up on my link party.

    kampenlane.com

    I can't wait to see what you create next.

    ~Taylor

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  12. These are lovely! They look just like antique glass! I would love for you to link this up to my "I Made This" party at Grits and Giggles. http://gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-made-this_18.html

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  13. Your vases are beautiful! I wanted to let you know that I featured them today! You can check it out here: http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/04/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-33.html

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    1. That is so exciting Tonia! Thank you so much!!!

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  14. What a great idea! I might need to try this too some time :)

    x

    Marielle

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  15. Bee-yoo-ti-ful! Really. These are lovely. How much did the paint cost you?

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    1. Hey Julia, I just used what I had on hand! And then bought a few paint samples. They cost $3.00 :)

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    2. Thanks! Wow, not bad! :) I should try this with some pretty glass things I got at a yard sale for .50 cents apiece. :)

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  16. What a beautiful collection! I love all of the pretty colors and you did a fantastic job!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  17. perfection! I love your look, I love how you photographed them and I just think your blog is great!!! Thank you so much for linking up at my place last week!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  18. These are gorgeous - I love all the soft colours! What a great way to reenergize vases!
    Jo-Anna

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  19. Gorgeous! I love them. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, for your sweet comment, and for following. I'm following back.
    xoxoRosemary

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  20. Great idea--I'm going to try this one!

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  21. Love these vases- an expensive but elegant idea-thanks!!

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  22. These are absolutely gorg! I'm a new follower!
    Http://homemademodern.blogspot.com

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  23. Hey there, Ashleigh! I wanted to let you know again how much I love your blog. I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check it out!
    http://homemademodern.blogspot.com/2012/07/have-you-heard-of-liebster-award.html

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  24. Project came out beautifully! I love your color choices too!
    Well done!

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  25. These are my craft of the week!
    http://homemademodern.blogspot.com/2012/07/craft-of-week-thrift-store-vases.html

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