I've been in a metal, silver, chrome, galvanized, nickel, kind of place lately.
Does that ever happen to you? A color or material speaks to you and suddenly you want it everywhere. I've gone through woven basket and wooden crate phases, but lately everything from crusty old buckets and old wash bins to silver plated frames have caught my fancy. When picking accessories for our baby girl's nursery, I knew we needed some accessories that were nice and shiny, but with limited options I decided to make my own!
I was inspired by this inexpensive but charming vase I found recently.
I hopped on Pinterest (where else?) to find some inspiration, and found a great tutorial from HGTV.com (check it out here!).
A few vases that had accumulated in my everything-decoration closet over the years were perfect for this project!
All the materials I used were things I already had on hand. The tutorial suggested using mirror spray paint, but I used shiny chrome and hammered silver spray paint. In truth, I knew I would have little use for looking glass paint after finishing this small project, but I also thought the hammered finish would add some interesting texture.
Spritz the area you are working on with a fine mist of water. I tried out a few spray bottles, but a cosmetics spray bottle from a travel kit gave me the gentle sprinkle that I wanted. I chose to paint the outside of the vases, but you could paint the inside instead if you prefer.
Spray the silver of your choice right over the water and watch it dew up!
Give it a minute to dry, then wipe it down. I waited a bit too long on the first vase, so it didn't chip as much as I had hoped. Lessons learned!
The fluted vase turned out much better!
I worked in stages, doing the three steps and letting the paint dry in between coats. I started with the chrome, did a coat of the hammered silver, then finished it with another coat of chrome.
What colors are you obsessed with in the new year? Share with me in a comment or on Facebook!!
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