Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vase Before & After

So here is a vase that I bought at Hobby Lobby over a year ago. It was marked down from $70 to $6, and was 30% off that. Sweet. I liked it until I got a different vase for my living room that clashed styles. You can see a bit of the newer vase in this post. It's in the last picture sitting on the side-table. Anyhow, I decided to do something with this one, even though I really like the design. Lately I have been spray painting anything that will hold still with white primer. Frames and nick knacks mainly. I gave this vase a good coat and then made a stencil of a quatre-foil design I liked and went at it.

I know, I know- I've got mad photography skills. Don't be all jealous that I know how to use a flash so well.
This is a little better, despite my messy sewing stuff. Sadly, I got so excited about painting this that I really didn't consider where it will end up, and if it will match anything. I was originally thinking our bedroom but I want to keep that area more neutral with shades of gray, white and black. Now this may just live downstairs where there is a bit more of a rainbow going on.
So many more projects to come!

P.S. Charlotte- I wanted to just buy a freaking stencil, but I didn't want to spend more than a dollar, soooo... being super cheap, I made the stencil by printing off the design on the computer, tracing it with a Sharpie onto one of those flexible kitchen cutting boards (I have a bunch of them and only use one) and then cutting it out with an exacto knife. I thought about using contact paper or something that would stick, but didn't want to make a trip to the store, and I wanted to be able to reuse it, so I just used what I had on hand. Once I had the stencil I just held it in place on the vase and traced the design on with a pencil and then hand painted it with craft paint and a small brush. I honestly think true stenciling would've been harder, and I am always disappointed with how much stencils bleed. It sounds like a lot of work, but it was one of those projects that I would spend a few minutes on at a time while watching tv or while E was playing. (Um, that would often be the same chunk of time.)


Charlotte said...

I don't understand how you got it to look so perfect. Could you post a tutorial? Do you have a stencil that stuck to the vase or something? If so, where did you get it?

Marianne & Clayton said...

I added a post script explaining in more detail what I did. Probably more work than a dumb vase should take, but I think it could be done with a lightweight stencil and some spray adhesive too.

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