Thrift Store Vases

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I hit the jackpot of thrift store vases when I was out at my local Savers a couple of weeks ago! You can see my Pottery Barn knock-off vase here

This time I went for a more minimal look for the vases. Let me show you what I did…and it’s so easy!!

When I was thrifting I found these two vases. I liked that they had similar shapes even though one was glass and the other a ceramic.

First, I sprayed the glass vase vase with 2 coats of a matte gray spray paint. Spray on a light coat of paint of paint so you don't have dripping. Also, let the paint dry completely between coats.

Once the spray paint was dry it was time to add a little detail to the vase.

Using painter’s tape, I taped off the top one-third of the vase.

I want my vases to have that cool textured look that is popular right now. It’s easy to achieve too by adding Plaster of Paris to my chalk paint.

If you don’t have Plaster of Paris on hand you can use baking powder mixed into your paint.

Here’s a closer look at how what the paint looks like with the Plaster of Paris mixed into it. It's a little chunky!

Remember to remove painter’s tape before the paint is dry!

For the white ceramic vase I taped off just a small section on the neck of the vase and did the same textured paint.

While the paint was drying I went outside and cut a few Forsythia branches. It’s the end of Winter here and I wanted to bring some of the branches indoors to force. Their little yellow blooms are so joyful, aren’t they??

It’s so easy to force flowering branches, just cut a few and put them in a vase of water and wait…

Would you ever believe these were from a thrift store?

I love how they look like they were made for each other; just look how the shapes compliment each other.

…and if you look closely you can see a tiny yellow flower forming!!

Happy Spring, Friends!


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  • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Mar 08, 2021

    So pretty!! And maybe I've misunderstood...but are you saying those branches will bloom flowers?!

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