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Monday, March 23, 2015


Hello my friends!  One of my blogging goals lately has been to show you not only more involved makeovers and room reveals, but super simple projects that anyone could do.  What I'm sharing today definitely falls into the "anyone can do this" category.  

In more than one store that I've been in lately, I've noticed many vases and pots with gold detail trim.  What a great way to dress up a plain old vase!  With a recent garage sale find vase that I had on hand, I set out to create my own.

I've spray painted a few glass projects in the past, but this time I wanted to try using the Martha Stewart liquid gold gilding paint that I used on the hardware for my daughter's nightstands.  It covers so well and really has a warmer, richer color than regular gold spray paint.

Rather than making just a wide gold band of gold, I decided a scalloped line would be fun.  Now, I'm pretty sure that the FrogTape shape tapes come in a scallop which would make this project even easier.  However, I didn't have any on hand, so I improvised.

Using a bottle cap about the size that I wanted the curve of my scallop to be, I traced the edge along a strip of frogtape.  I went almost to the edge so the depth of the scallop would be larger.  Then, I carefully cut it out, being careful not to tear the thin parts.  I should have started with wider tape, but I didn't think that far ahead.  

After it was cut out, I applied it to the clean glass, making sure that it was even.  Then, I did add another piece of tape just to give me a little more of a safety margin when applying the paint.  One coat of the liquid gilding did the trick.  It dries very evenly and quickly.  Be sure to peel the tape off right when you finish painting so that the paint doesn't dry and peel off with the tape.

Obviously, I will only hand wash this vase, and probably avoid getting the outside wet as much as possible even at that.  And, you certainly could make this with spray paint.  Even a glossy bold color, or glossy white would look fabulous.

This vase fits in everywhere, I might need to make another!  I'm still loving the pom pom coasters that my daughter made me for Christmas, and I just picked up an acrylic tray at West Elm that has been a fun new accessory.  Everything looks better on a tray!

So, with just a few supplies and about 10 minutes, this pretty project is easily within anyone's reach.  Just perfect for a fresh bunch of spring color! 

Here's a few related posts to check out if you missed them the first time around...

Gold Glitter Spray Painted Vases

Red Bamboo Nightstand Makeover

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  1. I've never tried painting glass like this, but you make me want to try Jennifer! This is just lovely!

  2. Julia @cuckoo4designMarch 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    The vase looks awesome!

  3. so pretty! i love the scalloping. and everything is better with gold.

  4. Love the vase! So simple and makes a great impact

  5. Love it! Such an easy project, yet it makes a nice impact. Love how it looks with the flowers. Thank you for sharing the idea.

  6. what a Great project...very nice!

  7. Brett Barnes MeagerMarch 24, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    how cute is that scallop pattern - and so smart to use a bottle cap for the pattern! This is darling! xx, b @

  8. Such a great idea! I've been trying to think of something to do with my tape that I have like this.

  9. Love this! Such a simple project but it makes such a great statement!


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