I have a signature color in my design shop, a blue aqua I call Caribbean Turquoise. I love, love, love it! It has been a best seller for me and it might be my favorite color ever. I am frequently … Continue reading
I like shiny things. In really like shiny things. I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny. So when it came time to paint some mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint I couldn’t wait. Now before I started
painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to me and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint
but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.
I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour, paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.
Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.
How to turn a plain jar into a beautiful vase.
Step by Step on how to make you own amazing vase that will make an interior designer jealous. We have all seen it, that gorgeous pop of color that is the star of an amazingly designed room. We have drooled over that one of a kind gorgeous piece that was ridiculous money from hoity toity showroom. Well here lean in close, I’m going to teach you how make you own wowie zowie vase. Hey and its pretty easy.
There are a few simple things to keep in mind.
Pick a vase with a strong shape, maybe some texture doesn’t matter if it is a bit of an ugly duckling it going to get a make over. When I saw a simple jar at my local recycling center all I could see was an elegant vase. But don’t worry what you have doesn’t knock you socks off. The next step is more important.
Even more important than shape is color. Pick a strong color one that you love, something bold and front and center. Now don’t get me wrong I adore white, I collect white things. In my world white a bold front and center color. It’s a personal choice make sure you love it. Right now I am completely obsessed with Valspar Exotic Sea. It has become a signature color for me.
What you will need:
The vase or jar of your choice.
Your choice of spray paint. I advise spray paint because of the uniform smooth finish it gives.
Spray paint primer don’t even think about skipping this step. I’ll explain later.
Spray Paint Clear gloss top coat. I like Rustoloem in Clear gloss.
First clean your item really, really well I use regular soap and water and right before I paint I wipe it off with alcohol to get any lint remaining, lint in spray paint in not cute.
Next so so important prime. My glass other pieces, that I didn’t use primer paint, I would breathe on it and it would scratch the finish so be sure to use primer. I used Krylon Colormaster primer and it was dry and ready to go in about 30 minutes. It very good and made to work on glass. Some people say you don’t need primer. i didn’t have good luck with that.
Next after your primer dries spray on your color sweep from side to side not staying in any one area too long, no drips allowed. You want a light even finish. Usually one coat will be fine but if I want the color deeper. I’ll do a second coat. Usually I will hold the piece just inside the rim and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can hold it and turn the piece. When the body is painted I turn the vase upside
Now here comes that part about patience. The label will tell you that your piece will be dry and able to be handled in about 30 – 40 minutes. You just forget about that leave it right where it is for a full 8 – 24 hours if possible. Let the paint fully dry and harden . After 30 to 40 minutes you can handle the piece but the paint is still sticky and can easily be marred. Just yesterday eager to check out my handiwork I turned over a vase an hour after I painted it, yes it was gorgeous. Then I walked away distracted, my son was probably looking for his playmate, me. Hours later when I came back it was stuck to my workbench, remember sticky paint, nooooooooo! My bottom was ruined but no matter it was still gorgeous, lesson learned. But don’t let this happen to you. Be patient, don’t touch.
Oh so now you have waited patiently, maybe you had a little peek. Turn it over enjoy admire and now its time to protect your beautiful piece. Spray you new gorgeous vase with the clear gloss. Good news the top coat doesn’t take that long to dry. You should be good to go in about an hour.
Now grab your flower real or fake it doesn’t matter your vase can rock any flower. Where are you going to put it? And don’t forget to send me pictures. Till next time. -Melissa