Pick Your Color Vase? ... W.E. Challenge

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Even as a young girl, I loved and appreciated pretty glass pieces. The old vases and McCoy pieces my grandparents had sitting on shelves and dressers were loved treasures. The love of glassware still has me in its clutches. There are so many vibrant colors and unique shapes that are especially lovely and appealing for any decorating scheme. I love the colored and varied sized vases that are so popular on the modern West Elm Decor site. The vases are beautiful and quite expensive, so I decided to use a little spray paint and create my own, not so expensive vases. Using a few pieces from my collection of thrift store buys, I set to work.
First, I throughly cleaned and dried a few glass pieces. I used nail polish remover and a cotton ball to remove the price written on the bottom of the vases.
Second, Chose your paint colors. I decided to use some of the paint I had on hand. I wanted to see how a $1.50 can of spray paint would work on glass compared to a pricey brand. I used four colors of paint (the red can is not included in this picture). One can was a spray paint made specially for glass.
Third, prepare to paint, find an area outside or in a well-ventilated building to use the spray paint. Cover areas that you do not want painted with some type of protective covering. Shake can for a couple of minutes. (I listen for the mixing ball sound, kinda sounds like metal clicking against metal, to be sure the paint is mixing well) before spraying. Hold the can 6 to 8 inches from the vase and spray in side-to-side sweeping motions. Let vase dry to touch and spray again if desired. I usually always spray two coats.
I sprayed a Ball Fruit Jar to see how the cheaper paint would look. Wow! I loved the look, so I sprayed the vase in white too.
The next color was labeled, Hyacinth, a light lavender color. The can was new, this was the first time I had used the paint. Much to my surprise, when I started painting, the color was gray. I did a double-look to make sure I read the color correctly, yep it was definitely hyacinth plus the lid matched the name. Not sure what happened to this Krylon spray can label, so glad I was experimenting and it really didn’t matter that the color was gray instead of hyacinth. Oh well, I sprayed the vases with the gray paint. This spray paint cover the glass well too.
I also tried red Krylon on a glass piece. This paint covered the glass well as well. Impressed!
Time to use the glass spray paint.
I sprayed the small glass vase three times because I wanted a deeper aqua color. So pretty!
I removed the vase from the metal stick to paint the edges around the top.
Ready for display.
I like to use books in a display.
I think this is my favorite arrangement😉! This project was so simple. I simply washed, dried and sprayed each glass piece. I plan on making more colored vases and adding more detail and maybe some twine for my granddaughter’s upcoming wedding.
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  • Craig Craig on Jun 02, 2018

    Did you use the paint made for glass ? I found it on Amazon .

    That's great idea for old glass of all kinds

  • Rosemary Richards Rosemary Richards on Jun 25, 2018

    What were the names of the colors you used?

  • JudyH JudyH on Jun 29, 2018

    Are the painted vases washable?

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