Friday, July 12, 2013

One man's trash is another man's treasure

What a true statement.  I always love finding treasures that other people have discarded and making them into something new - whether it's at thrift stores, recycling drop offs, or even dumpsters.  And while we don't make a habit of dumpster diving, we have found some pretty neat things near the recycling/dumpster drop offs in the different apartment complexes we've lived in.  [Our coffee table, the coffee table in our garage waiting to be refinished, our TV table, my nightstand, etc.]  A while back, we found these adorable little glass jars by recycling:


And so, I snatched them up.  There were 5 of them, all in great shape and while I wasn't immediately sure what I was going to do with them, I just loved the shape of them and I really don't think you can go wrong with glass jars and vases.  Worst case, I would toss them back in the recycle bin, right? 

Since they're glass, they're dishwasher safe, so the first thing I did was to wash them out.  I knew that I wanted to paint them, but didn't want them to be too plain, so I grabbed some puffy paint and with a friend, we decided on these simple, polka-dot lines all around the vase.  On one of the vases, we used a sharpie to draw the lines first, and on the other, we just added the paint free-handed.  

Once the paint had dried thoroughly, I sprayed both of the vases with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Satin Ivory.  I knew I didn't want them to be bright white, but also wasn't sure about the house we would be moving into, so I thought ivory was a pretty neutral that would match no matter where we ended up.

I loved working with this paint, but I did learn a few take-aways:
1.  It took a lot of paint - not the whole 12 oz. can, but maybe 2/3 of it, to get these bad boys covered fully.
2.  I won't be using sharpie next time...the paint caused it to run, and then made it harder to cover.
3.  Don't spray paint in cold weather - the paint crinkles almost as soon as it touches the cold glass.
4.  I think I will try to make the shapes less pointed next time.  I like these, but am hoping to do something   more swirly for the others.

That said, I love the new look of them.  Here they are in their new home on the mantle:

And again with some lilies from our yard and an always classic mason jar.  

Best part about this project - getting fun decorations for the price of spray paint.  

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