DIY: Painted Glass Vase

 

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I am a bit impartial to thrift shopping. You just never know what you are going to find! My latest find was an old, glass, half-litre milk bottle, which I thought would look great as a little painted vase. Super easy too.

It would be great for your home or even as a gift. You could use jars, bottles, vases or even glasses for this. So many possibilities.

This is what I started with:

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I just had some left over acrylic paint. It really doesn’t matter too much the type of paint – just will change the effect. Spray paint or water-based paints will also work pretty well for this.

I also used a paint brush, sanding paper and some polyurethane clear coat. You can get polyurethane from your local hardware store and it usually comes in a satin or gloss finish.

To start, turn the bottle upside down on some cardboard/paper/anything to protect the surface below:

Then I just started painting the bottle upside down from top to bottom. This is just the first coat which looks pretty streaky.

After a couple more coats of acrylic paint, was looking like this:

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I ended up really loving the matte finish on this one so didn’t go ahead with the polyurethane coat. If you are after the shiny or glossy finish, simply use some light sand paper to smooth the painted surface gently. Then apply a few coats of polyurethane to suit your taste.

I am super happy with this one. Now brightening up my living room with some fun spring colours.

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My run in with crochet

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I feel like such a nanna some times! I have a secret obsession with crochet. There’s something about the repetitiveness that creates something wonderful that really does it for me.

My Mum taught me to knit when I was about 7 years old. I never had the patience for it though! I would start a “project” with these grand ambitions and quickly lose interest. The number of times I would start, get about 20 rows in and then suddenly become fascinated by ALL THE OTHER EXCITING THINGS. It was something that I would pick up and now then. Always in winter. Usually when I was getting my procrastination on – because who really wants to adult all the time.

A couple of months ago, I was deep into one of those intense Youtube sessions where you completely lose track of time and stumble across amazing, unexpected (ok and sometimes weird) things that are the internet. It was then that I first watched a crochet tutorial. And another…quite a few in all honesty. I was hooked. This was something I had to try.

And I did.

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After (a lot) of trial and error, redoing, unwinding, screwing things up, I FINALLY got the hang of it. And kind of fell in love.

There’s something about twirling, twisting, inserting, removing that just clears my head. Ending up with a gorgeous creation is just a bonus. This is my first attempt at a blanket – probably a little ambitious for a first project but that’s how I roll.

While this is a super basic design, I really love the colour palette. It reminds me of the peaceful ocean, the sand, the waves gentling crashing. All those good things to think about while cuddling up with a good book, or maybe just to snuggle while cringe-watching the Bachelorette.

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