DIY White (or any color you want) Accent Vases

So we have this kind of drab mantle that I’m trying desperately to spruce up. Ideally, I want to switch it up with the seasons, and since it is a focal point in our living room, it would be a great place to put decorations for different holidays. All this means is that it was time for Kim to take a trip to the thrift store. I picked up a bunch of clear glass vases/bottles/containers of all different shapes and sizes that I thought were interesting. Then, I spray painted them white (I used Valspar gloss white spray paint).

Painting the Vases

I meant to take a picture of the tall-and-already-white vase before I spray painted it. Sorry about that. Just imagine that it used to be clear glass. It took a few coats for the rose-glass vase to not look rose-white…

Painting the pink vase white

Also, a word to the wise: don’t put your camera downwind from the spraypaint spray. White specks all over my camera. Yup.

Painted White Vases

Once they dried, I brought them in and arranged them on the mantle. I also brought in some flowers to spruce them up a bit. There’s still a lot I want to do, since it’s a work in progress, but here’s how it’s starting to shape up:

Painted Thrift Store Accent Vases

Thrift Store Vase on the Mantle

What do you think? I’d say so far so good. The picture of Radar is actually from one of my very first posts on this blog! And I’ll share a how-to on the silver and white painted lace tiles later in the week.

I think it would also be great to paint the inside of the vases with some fun and bright acrylic paint. Of course then they wouldn’t be able to hold water, but they’d be great for silk flowers or something like that. I think I might try that with the next few vases I’m planning to paint!


Extreme Dresser Makeover – Finally Finished!

After a ton of stripping and sanding, painting and touching up, my thrift store dresser is all dressed up!

Phew. It took a while but I really like how it came out. This is what she looked like before:

What a difference some paint and new hardware makes! We started out using a paint stripper on the drawers, but soon found that just using a palm sander seemed to work much better. I’d say the toughest and most time consuming (and my least favorite) part was just getting the old stain/lacquer off. D was the one to do a lot of the sanding, my hero.

When it came time to spray paint I put on a white primer coat, then decided I’d tape off parts of the drawers and the dresser itself to leave them white. I used Valspar spray paint in the color Smoke for the parts that I didn’t leave white. I got new hardware at the hardware store and after the paint dried D put them on for me. I think the new hardware really makes a world of difference. Such a nice change from what it started with.

What do you think? I’m really happy with it! Can’t wait to get it into my bedroom and put all my clothes away!