Friday, April 27, 2012

DIY Painted Vase

Hello everyone!

Do you have a clear vase at home that's in need of a facelift?  Here's an idea of how you can turn it from bleak to chic with some paint!


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This vase sits on my desk in my office.  Behind the vase is my inspiration board where I keep pictures of my family, magazine pics, fabric clippings ect.


- Clear vase

- 1 small can of white oil paint - Walmart.  The reason I used oil paint is because it's more durable than latex.  I used paint in a can, not spray paint, since it's easier to get to the bottom of my tall vase and covers better than spray paint does.

- The cherry blossom branches were purchased at Michaels. 

- You can find similar vases to mine at TJ Maxx or Target.


- Wash and dry the inside and outside of vase.

- In a ventilated area, pour white oil paint into vase: pour paint down the inside of the vase in several places to cover the vase. 

- Once paint pools at the bottom (this won't take long) turn vase upside down and allow the paint to run back towards you to cover the areas that were missed, so that the entire vase is covered. 

- Place vase upside down on several paper towels in a ventilated area.  Leave vase like this until the paint stops running out of the vase. This took about 1 day.

- When the paint is no longer running down the sides, turn the vase right side up and let dry.  This took 2 days.

- When the vase is dry you can insert branches or flowers as desired. 

I love how this vase has a glossy white appearance, which really makes the color of the cherry blossom branches pop.  Since the paint is on the inside, the glass itself makes it look super glossy!

I hope you enjoyed my DIY Painted Vase Tutorial

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  1. Your vase looks great with those pretty branches! I just painted a vase white yesterday... I'm wishing now I had used oil paint, because that's a really smart idea!

  2. So sleek and sophisticated! Love it! Isn't it amazing how different a vase or jar looks when you swirl paint inside it? I bet the shape of this is much less frustrating to cover with paint than the narrow mouthed jars that I keep choosing ;) I have never worked with oil-based paint before. Is this the kind that you could use water with if you wanted to?

    Happy weekend, Heather!

  3. Definitely bleak to chic. I love it! I see vases like this ALL the time at Goodwill for $1. I'll have to add this to my ever growing list of projects to attempt.

  4. I love paint!!! This vase looks so chic!! Hope you have had a great week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend!

  5. Such a great idea! I really would like to try this and since we're moving into a new space, I think I might. The vase looks so fresh and spring-like. Love the flowers you chose for it too.

    Take care,

  6. A really lovely project! The vase full of flowers looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)
    Kindly, Lorraine

  7. Great idea, Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Sunday Round Up Link Party.
    See you next week,
    Rose @

  8. I have a vase that I do not like the color of. This will be a great way for me to update it!
    Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.

  9. I'm so glad you joined in the bloglovin hop. I'm following. I host a weekly link party on Wednesday's and I'd love for you to join in.

  10. So pretty! I just bought a vase at Target that could use some dressing up-- this might be just the trick I need. Thanks! Found you through House of Hepworth's link up.
    from Holly

  11. This looks great. I recently finished painting some vases white, but I used spray paint and I think the way you did it looks better, I'll have to try that next time! Thanks for sharing over at The Winthrop Chronicles!


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