This is the original piece. Tall, thick glass, shiny, and gold.
Making a New Centerpiece
This was a fairly simple project with a delightful result. I found this old vase at a local thrift store and I needed it! However, I am not fond of the shiny gold look so I decided to give it a new look.
The first thing I did was cover the glass and prime the metal pieces. I like to use automotive primer on shiny, smooth surfaces because I find that it really holds the primer well which, of course, holds the paint well.
I dipped them into the paint bucket instead of brushing or spraying. Dipping can get messy but it gives really smooth, full coverage. I wanted a speckled look, so the next step was using a small paint brush and "flicking" specks of charcoal paint onto the newly white surfaces. To help prevent thick clumps of paint, I got the brush wet by stirring it in a cup of water before dipping it in the paint and I did a couple of "flicks" onto a plastic bag before aiming for the vase.
Here are a couple different ways that I may use my new centerpiece. I added dark rocks and stuck in some tall candles. I also wanted to see how it looks with water and floating candles. Both techniques add a nice ambiance to our dinner table.
Before and After