Painted Vases

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So, I got a new job and need to decorate my new office so it’s not blah! I decided to make these painted vases that I could put up in the bookshelves with some fake flowers! These are great accessories for an office, home or party and are extremely inexpensive and customizable!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Vases (cheap ones can be found at the thrift store, dollar store, or in your own home!)
  • Acrylic Paints 
  • Paper plate
  • paper towels
  • Fake flowers (if you so desire)

First you need to set up your work station! Paper plates and towels set up to lessen your mess! Also, WASH AND THROUGHLY DRY YOUR VASES. Make sure you have no water spots, dirt, etc. The paint won’t cover that mess since it’s on the inside. 

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Now let’s get started! Start pouring your paint into the vase. You can flip it over and let it run onto your paper plate, but I also like to twist and turn the vases over my plate to really make sure I cover the whole vase! 

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Let the paint run and then an hour later, pick them up and flip them over. Let them dry for a few hours. If there are any holes or empty spots, add more paint and repeat the process! 

 

When they are truly dry, maybe 3-6 hours later, you can add your flowers. Be wary of the paint, since it can scratch off, rubber band your flowers together and their base and ends to make sure they don’t rub the paint off. 

*Remember paints are soluble, if you put real flowers, the paint will come off. You’re more than welcome to attempt to seal the paint on the inside, but there is no sure fire way to know you have it all covered. 

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I hope you all find this DIY project as easy as I did! Enjoy your new decorations!!

xoxo

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Antiqued Repurposed Night Stand

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So, this is my newest and my most extremely favorite piece! AH IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL!

What you’ll need for this awesome project:

  • A wooden piece of furniture
  • Electric sander
  • Sand paper (fine grit, higher the number the better)
  • Screw driver
  • 3 or more cans of Spray paint (if sealant is not in paint, buy some if wanted)
  • Old rags
  • Blow dryer or vacuum
  • Optional: vinegar, salt, old or cheap toothbrush

Here’s the deal, hit up a flea market or thrift store for a an old quirky piece of furniture. Or take your old furniture from home and give it a makeover. Find a good place to set up camp! I used my garage because outside you may get things blowing around and indoors is horrible with spray paint. Then I set down a tarp to keep things clean. Once you’re set up take off the hardware and wipe down the whole piece and fix up and cracks or loose pieces.

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After you take off the hardware, load up your sander. Yes, you will want an electric sander because even with one of those this can be a long process. Since, we are only using a spray paint (not sanding) you don’t need to sand it down all the way, but you should definitely make sure the varnish is off. I tried to get most of it down to the light colored wood because that would go nicely with my color choice. However, it was difficult even after I turned the nightstand on its side. I couldn’t get a lot of it off! You may need to use little pieces of the paper to get at the smaller bits of the piece.

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Then you will need to either blow dry off the sanded bits off or even vacuum them up and wipe off the piece once again. After it is clean shake up your first can of spray paint, some people say you need primer, but for this case I wanted the color to come through a little and the color covered well. I used Kylon SATIN spray paint from Michael’s. It is important to use satin paint, it looks and dries the right way. Do your first coat, being careful to not make it too drippy. *Tip to help with drip: turn the piece on it’s side and do only one side at a time, the top side…it won’t have anywhere to drip! It will take longer, but the results would be better!*

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After that all dries, apply your second coat! And allow that to dry as well. While it is drying go to the sink with your hardware to give it a good cleaning. There are many different ways to clean hardware and they can differ depending on the material they are made out of. So, if they are brass like mine were, a magnet will NOT stick to it. If it is brass it can handle more abrasive cleaning. Those that stick to the magnet should only be washed in warm soapy water and scrubbed with the tooth brush. However, with the brass I used warm, soapy water mixed with a little vinegar in a bowl. After it soaked I poured some salt onto the handles and brushed them. I then rinsed and dried them to ensure they wouldn’t rust.

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Now it’s time to go back to the furniture. Once it is dried you will load up your sander (remember it will probably take multiple sand paper refills for each side of the piece). Then, you will sand over your paint job. This will take a while. There honestly is no right way to do this, it’s all up to your eye and what you think looks good. I mean, the edges obviously look good sanded and so do big chunks, but it’s all up to your taste. Little pieces of sandpaper wil be needed on the finer details. When you are done sanding, clean it once more with your blowdryer or vacuum, there will be plenty of mess! It is now up to you to use a sealant or not. I didn’t, but I am not planning on using this in an area in which water would cause any damage.

 

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Make sure you add back that cleaned hardware (or if you hate that hardware go get some cute drawer pulls from Anthropology or Rodware). Enjoy your new old looking furniture!

xoxo

“Sharpie” Mugs

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These mugs are always being messed up and honestly I don’t think there is a perfect solution, however I have found a way to keep them a little better than I have seen before. First instruction, NEVER DISHWASH!

What you need for this project:

  • White porcelain or corning ware mugs (cleaned and dried)
  • Paint pens (sharpie paint pens or craft smart)
  • An oven

This project is all up to the imagination, so you really should browse etsy, pinterest and that noggin of yours for some creative designs. Once you have your general plan you can either freehand your design or draw it in pencil then trace over it with the paint pens. Pick a color that you like the most for the paint pens, the corning ware looks incredible with the gold paint pens. It is very important to try not to use stencils, they do not work with paint pens and often the paint runs underneath and blurs the paint. 

When you’ve achieved the mugs you were going for, place the mugs on a cookie sheet and slide them into your un-preheated oven. It is important that you don’t preheat it because the intense change in heat can cause the mugs to crack. Once the mugs are in the oven, turn the oven on bake at 350 degrees and “bake” for 30 minutes. When the timer dings, take out your mugs and allow to cool. 

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Remember to only wash by hand and try to avoid the art work and outside of the mugs if possible. Enjoy!

xoxo