You may recall our recent attempt at Sugar and Charm‘s colorful and functional Enamel Painted Vases.

After much frustration on our first try, we felt even more determined to get this gorgeous glassware into our homes!

A second attempt was born!  Kristy and Maren went for round 2, and lived on to tell the tale…

 

Please click here to visit Sugar and Charm and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Get it right!  I want to nail this technique so that I can recreate on a much larger scale for our new house!

 

Details:

In accordance with my last vows to myself, I tried to find a thinner paint and a Surface Primer.

  • Surface Primer… I must be a complete idiot.  If I would have had my thesaurus with me at JoAnn, I would have realized that “Prime” and “Prep” are basically the same word.  Surface Primer MUST be Gesso!!!  I felt like a genius.  (please be sure to read on to “Tips & Tricks”)
  • I used another one of my vintage jars dug out of our property.
  • Thinner paint?  We’ll see, I guess.  I chose Americana Acrylic Paint in Indian Turquoise.  I also added a little pearly paint that I have on hand for an upcoming post.
  • Alcohol.  Yes, I first first cleaned the interior glass surface with it; I also drank some.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You may recall my “Frustration Scale” from the last post.  I wasn’t entirely out of the water here.

With zen-like calm, perhaps mostly alcohol induced, I began my second attempt at the coveted Enamel Painted Vase.

Feeling like a freaking genius, I began by first applying my Gesso.  Fail.  It’s F-ing white.  Start over.  Count 1-2 F-bombs.

I attempt to chill the hell out as recommended to myself in the previous post.

Starting fresh, I applied my first coat of paint and walked away for 15 minutes to let dry as instructed.  Upon my return, same problem as before.  The paint wasn’t dry enough and when I went to smooth it out, I only picked it up and moved it around.  Also, my new paint was only slightly thinner than my Martha paint, and therefore never dripped out like it should have.  Oh boy.  I let it sit over night and returned to apply my second coat in the morning.

The second coat did the trick.  I was done after that!  Yay!  I did blob some extra paint into the jar and knock around by tapping the side of the jar onto the bottom of my palm.  This helped to satisfy my anal retentive side and get a smoother coat on the bottom, even though no one will ever see it.

In the end, It’s great!  I’ll still do this project again. #1 thing for me to plan for – letting each coat dry overnight.  That’s it.  Simple as that.

Pros:

Easy.  They look great, no matter how you get there!

Cons:

Requires multiple coats of paint; each coat needs to dry overnight.  This can be frustrating.

Conclusion:

I love the end result of this project.

They look great when finished and I  truly am excited to recreate on a larger scale once we decorate our new home!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: Attempt to redeem myself from the first attempt at the enameled vases. Looking forward to create new staging piece for my home.

Details:

  • I read the directions again and noticed once the interior vase is painted, only hold over for minutes not over night as I did before. Ha!! Focus!
  • The project called for surface cleaner and I still did not find this so I did without again!
  • Used Folk Art enamel paint in Folk Art Enamel Acrylic Paint in Lemon Custard …perfect color for my décor.  I mixed it with the Folk Art Enamel in White Frost to achieve a frosted look (I honestly have no idea if it made a difference.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Get extra paint, maybe swirling the paint in the vase instead of painting with a brush could work better.

Pros:

It’s pretty cheap to decorate! Great impact of color!

Cons:

It’s fully streaked so I have to put this up on a shelf so no one can peek in the inside.

It took a while to dry and the paint wasn’t flowing out.

Conclusion:

Second attempt was better than the first but nothing like the website.  This is a bit too advanced of a craft project for me! Ha!

It does look pretty great but only if you don’t see it from the inside!  I most likely won’t do this project for a 3rd time!

 

 

Miss our meltdown the first time around?

Check out Enamel Painted Vases: Round One!


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Sugar and Charm has shared the trick to getting vibrantly colored glassware for less in her tutorial for Enamel Painted Vases.

We love the chic and modern look of these colorful, and functional pieces.

 

Please click here to visit Sugar and Charm and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I really love the look of these vases.  I see them all the time on Pinterest, and I just can’t get enough!  I am really excited to learn this technique, as I think that it will be a fun way to add pops of color to our home decor.

Details:

  • I decided to start on a smaller scale, so I used 2 vintage jars that I [no kidding] dug out of the dirt in the back of our property!   The existing home that was torn down was built in 1904, so they had their own little dump in back.  We found all sorts of weird shit; bowling balls, rusty bikes, beer cans… and tons of little glass jars!
  • Of course, I used Martha Stewart Craft Paint.  I love you Martha.
  • I didn’t know what the H surface primer was.  Is it Gesso?  I also couldn’t find anything called “Surface Primer” at JoAnn… so I skipped it.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

#1 use a craft paint with a thinner consistency.  I love you Martha, but the paint was too thick to drip out as I expected.  Also, too thick to dry within 15 minutes – when I went to even it out I just picked up the paint that was drying and moved it around 🙁  This was extremely frustrating.  Perhaps this was the purpose of the “surface primer”…

After screwing up my previously painted interior several times since the first coat wasn’t totally dry, I decided that I should probably create some type of “Frustration Scale” for you.  Example:  This project resulted in 3 F Bombs, 2 S.O.B.’s and an undocumented number of “sh*ts.”

I needed to step away… Rosie and I made our Salt Dough Paw Prints.

The only way this was going to work was for each coat to totally dry.  I left them sit overnight.  The following morning I was a little sad to see that the deep ridges from my thick paint and brush strokes had dried in tact.  Whatever, no one will be looking inside.  I proceeded to apply 2 more coats, waiting about 12 hours in between each.  Yes, this project took me 3 days to complete.

In the end, I LOVE them!  They’re great!  I know that I’ll do this project again with the lessons learned – use thinner paint, apply a surface primer – I will use Gesso, and chill the hell out.

A total plus to using Martha’s Paint… if I leave them alone and wait 21 days for them to “cure,” they’ll be dishwasher safe!!!  WHAT!!  See, I knew I loved you, Martha.

Pros:

They look great!

Cons:

Not exactly the most relaxing project on the first go for an OCD wreck like me, but will be much better the next time!  I think that I’ll add vodka first… to me.

Conclusion:

Even though I nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to get these to look perfect, I definitely intend on doing this project again.  I truly love the end result.  Although they might be rough on the inside… they appear perfect on the outside so no need to fret!

I can’t wait to recreate on a larger scale once we decorate our new home!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: I was hesitant to do this project but I knew it was one I would enjoy learning!  I am redoing my bedroom décor and I know yellow vases would be perfect. I will start small then I may do a few more pieces for my office.

Details:

  • I chose a glass container with a lid as it cost me .60 cents helping keep the cost down and I didn’t want to ruin the glass vase I purchased.  This was my tester for color and to see the results before continuing on other pieces. I did not purchase any frost or the surface conditioner so I am crossing my fingers that this project turns out.
  • For color I chose Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, in Bright Yellow, which cost me $1.00.
  • To start the project, I cleaned the jar well then squeezed a generous amount of yellow paint into the container.
  • I snapped the lid on to more easily swirl the paint around the container.  I was extremely generous on the paint, as a result, it was quick and easy to coat.  I did not have a small paint brush on hand so I needed the extra squeeze of paint.  The edges were more difficult to cover so I simply used my fingers to spread paint to cover the edges. I did notice a couple of tiny bubbles but so small that I don’t think anyone will notice.
  • Once painted, I flipped the container over on a stack of paper towels and let the paint drip out to begin the drying process.
  • Being the impatient person that I am, I decided to see how much paint had drained out.  A TON, so let it sit.  Just walk away or you will have a huge mess!
  • Get ready for the extra paint; it looks like most of it will drain out while I have it sit out over-night.
  • The finished project did not turn out as expected.  I guess having the glass sit out in 107 degree weather with humidity was a very bad idea. Sad, all of the paint dripped out.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t move the vase or container after flipping it, as it makes a huge mess.  It’s best just to fold several napkins and set the container directly on top and let it be until it dries.

Be prepared, have the paint brush on hand so you won’t have to use quite as much paint or your fingers.  I was a little nervous that the brush might make the glass streaky. You would likely use less paint if you could paint the inside with the brush instead of my technique.

Keep the bugs away; I had little bugs join in the paint party as I was completing my project on the ground.

Beware of the temperature, set it inside if it is too hot or too humid outside.

Pros:

It was cheap and makes such an impact of color.  This project cost me under $2.00!

Cons:

It’s a little messy and the unknown of how it will turn out.

Conclusion:

This project did not turn out as expected but I will definitely do again!  Next time I will be conscious of the weather as that will play a role in this project. There are so many varieties of colors and textures that can be used.  I want to try the frosted acrylics and create white vases for my offices. This is a cute idea for gifts, too!  It is an easy project to make such an impact on your home décor, I hope next time the heat doesn’t destroy the finished project.

Stay tuned as I will be redoing this project as time permits!

 

The lovely Enamel Painted Vases photo taken by Sugar and Charm

 

We gave this project a second shot!

Check out Enamel Painted Vases: Part Deux!


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Striped Vases

52 Projects has shown us the magic of spray paint!

Simple glass vases are easily transformed into lovely Striped Vases, perfect for a glowing tea light candle.

Rachel, of 52 Projects, was inspired to create these beauties after seeing a charming upcycled centerpiece created by Mark Montano.

 

Please click here to visit 52 Projects and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: When I first saw this project I thought it was a cute way to vamp up your décor. It would also make a great centerpiece of a bridal shower or something similar. An easy way to incorporate your wedding colors.

Our pin brought me to 52 Projects, which then led me to Mike Montano’s Big-Ass Blog. Mike used yarn and Rachel of 52 Projects used twine. Either way, I think this one will be easy enough to pull off.

Details:

  • I used twine like Rachel did because that was what I had on hand. I taped one end of the twine to the inside of the vase and then wrapped it all the way down the vase and taped the end to the bottom.
  • Then I brought it outside (we finally had a night without crazy winds) and used Krylon spray-paint. I picked a metallic caramel color. Loved it! A great thing about the Krylon paint is that it only takes 10 minutes to dry.
  • After the paint dried I removed the twine (see tips).
  • A little tea light and voila!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip – DON’T use twine. The twine completely ruined the project. Little pieces are stuck in the paint. I have a feeling that yarn would do something similar. Try cooking string.

Pros:

It is really an easy and quick project to do.

Cons:

The smell of the Krylon paint. Definitely make sure you do it outdoors.

Conclusion:

I’m really disappointed that this didn’t come out how I envisioned it. That damn twine! It would have come out beautiful if I had used something else.

I loved the Krylon paint. It was super easy to use and comes in a great variety of colors which would be great for this project. Get some orange paint and really brighten up a room with some new/recycled décor.

This project seriously took me 15 minutes to do. You could definitely bang a bunch of them out for a party very quickly.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Mandy

Mission: Make some cute new vases or “junk holders” without spending a ton of money.

 

 

Details:

  • I found a cute shaped vase for $3 at the grocery store and took a cheap champagne glass I had in my cupboard.
  • I used spray paint I had around but think it would be fun to get “wild” with bright, fun, trendy colors!
  • I also tried to get creative and spray with two different colors on one vase. Fun idea, but read below for tips!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t overspray. I tend to go overboard with painting and started getting crazy.

On the vase I tried to spray with two colors, I started spraying too much, then had to fix (aka. Spray more of the other color) it. I went downstairs the following day to check out my creations and the vase was totally all chipped and the paint had fallen off.

Pros:

A cheap and easy way to use up those old, boring vases laying around and add a bit of color to your décor.

Cons:

Drippy paint that falls/chips off right away. Also, once you remove the rubber bands, the lines weren’t as clean as I had anticipated.

Conclusion:

Not for me. I love the idea, but it just didn’t work out the way I thought it would. I ended up with two things I’m not sure to do with… maybe it will wash off and I can try another craft. (Yay!)

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  To utilize clear glass votives and make them even cuter.

 

Details:

  • Glass votives (in place of vases)
  • Twine
  • Spray paint
  • Surface/environment for spray painting
  • Patience

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure the link you go to has the full directions and follow them!

Pros:

My completed painted striped votives are pretty cute in their own right, even though they don’t look as intended…they do give off a darling glow 🙂

Cons:

I did not follow directions.

The smell of spray paint is never fun…especially when pregnant.

Conclusion:

Well, first of all – I did these ALL WRONG!!! I’m usually a good follower of directions, but with this project I had major issues! I believe I was supposed to paint the vases on the inside and use another type of spray paint on the outside (a frost), which is not at all what I did. I instead wrapped the outside with twine and then painted them with white spray paint on the outside. The end result was a similar effect, but definitely not as crisp and pretty.

Was super pumped for these as I was doing the project, then once I determined I did them all wrong, was a bit disappointed. The end result was a reflection of my poor direction following 😉

 

The gorgeous shot of the Striped Tea Light Luminaries taken by 52 Projects


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With the help of Better Homes & GardensHouse & Hold shows us how to create a Simple Terrarium!

Terrariums are everywhere these days!  We thought we had better get on board!

 

Please click here to visit House & Hold and check out the post that we loved!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission:  To plant darling succulents in a terrarium setting.

 

Details:

  • Succulent Plant(s)
  • Clear Glass Jar/Pot
  • Potting Soil
  • Rocks (for filler)
  • Embellishments

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not only are succulent plants adorable – they grow fast!

And, you can use little trinkets you have around the house to adorn your terrarium planting. I had seashells from a previous vacation, a mini deer found in my kids toys and some cute hand-stamped spoons I added to one.

Pros:

This is an easy and fun project to do – all you need is dirt, a darling glass jar/pot and plants. And, you can have fun adoring the finished planter as well! Definitely worth a try for anyone out there!

Cons:

Can’t think of any! What’s not to love about a succulent plant bringing life into your home?!?!?

 

Conclusion:

I LOVE gardening of all kinds and enjoy having greenery in my home. Creating a terrarium is easy, fun and a great addition to the home. I plan to do this many times over!

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Can I really make a delightful little terrarium like I have been seeing EVERYWHERE myself?!?!

 

Details:

  • Vase
  • Pebbles
  • Dirt
  • 2 little Succulents
  • 1 tiny rubber Deer

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be careful what you stick in there… initially I had these little mushrooms from the craft store and within a couple of days they were totally furry with mold.  Gross.

Pros:

One of the quickest, easiest and most impressive-looking projects ever!!

Cons:

None!  I love this thing!

Conclusion:

Thank you, “Do-it-Yourself-Terrarium” for making me feel like a professional gardener and look like I really have my shit together to all who come to my home!

 

Simple Terrarium photos by by BHG


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