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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