DIY :: Gold Leaf Paint + Vase

gold vases

While browsing, I came across the above picture. Now, if you’re like everyone most people, you don’t want to pay full price for anything.  Either that, or you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you can make yourself. Me too!

When I saw the above picture, I knew what I had to do. I immediately jumped on pinterest and looked up how to make it myself. Here’s the rest of my story…

First, I went to Ace Hardware and picked up gold leaf paint, one foam brush, and painter’s tape.

Second, I drove over to TJMaxx to look for cheap, glass vases. I got distracted by the workout clothes section, then the bedding section, and then the kitchen section. Finally, I make it over the vase area but it was empty. What’s the next best thing? Buying 1 medium, and 2 large glass salad dressing bottles. I mean, #wwbd, right? Close enough.

Third, I went home and Goo Goned the stickers off those salad dressing bottles vases. P.S. If you don’t have Goo Gone in your home, you don’t know the meaning of convenience. The stuff is amazing! Especially for TJMaxx stickers that have been on there, likely, for all of 2014.

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I cut the .94″ painter’s tape in half and made a design by wrapping the pieces around the bottom of the vase.

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I shook the paint and then just dabbed it in between the pieces of blue tape. One website noted that I would need two coats but I found one coat was enough. Call me lazy.

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I turned the vases over and covered the bottom. Instructions say dry time is one hour but I let it sit for two before taking the tape off. Call me lazy.

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Sigh. That’s ugly, but, I had a solution! You just need a handy chap living in your house who has something sharp to trim the edges.

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Solution: trim back the edges with a razor.

Nice and clean! It did take more time and patience than I had anticipated but it was well worth it. Repair time: under 30 minutes.

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Now, if your aunts are anything like mine, you’ll go over to their house and they’ll fill your car with half their fridge and half their garden. That’s where these beautiful Chinese Lanterns came from! I dried them back in October and they fit perfectly in my glass salad dressing bottle vase!

What do you think?

My only problem now is that I find myself a little addicted to this gold leaf paint. How do I put gold leaf paint on everything without making it look over the top? Hmmm…next blog post, I guess.



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