Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chalk Paint Vases


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I took a couple of old crystal vases and gave them a brutal paint job. They look clean, chalky and perfect for my whimsy Wednesday afternoon. The paint crawled into the crystal vase crevasses, maintaining a subdued pattern. So now I've got extra texture - which is a subtle way to a luxurious decor.





Most of all, I LOVE that the inside is still intact - little dark crystal flower:






And back to the flowers:


You get the idea - I like them a lot!

And for the grand finale, a quick tutorial:
1. Wash the vases and dry them. Check for impurities.
2. Apply the first paint coat using a very wide brush, in order to sweep the curvy vase lines. The brush must also be a thin one, because you need to reach into the little sculpted details.
3. Repeat for the other vase. The second one always turns out better :D
4. Let the vases dry completely and complete with a thinner second layer of paint (and even a third one, if necessary, but careful not to damage the vase pattern!)



UPDATE: I've been featured at Little InspirationThe Sasse Life and Candance Creations! Thank you, thank you, thank you, I'm happier than I can say :)
   Candace Creations

46 comments:

  1. Wow, these are so beautiful! I love them. I found your link up on The Shabby Nest. I love the tutorial. I definitely will make some of these!

    Jess
    http://thedelightfulcrafter.blogspot.com

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  2. What an amazing job you did on these vases. Never heard of doing that. It is a great idea and makes such a tremendous difference in them. Excellent job.

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    1. Thank you, LV! I paint vases all the time - my friends know it and always give me little old vases for me to transform. You should try it sometime!

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  3. Gorgeous!

    My PINK, have a nice weekend.

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  4. HPS!
    Your newest fan!! Love those gerbers!!
    Smiles~
    Cricket @ gypsea nurse

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  5. very different, like the change.
    Hope you have a Happy PS
    Laura

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  6. These are beautiful. What a great idea.

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  7. love these! the chalk paint looks awesome on them

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! It is not actually real chalk paint, but it looks like it :)

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  8. They turned out really great! What a fantastic idea.

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  9. meeha meeha--love your vases! I LOVE looking down into them. Thanks for showing us that part.

    gail

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    1. Thanks a million, Gail, I'm happy that you like the mesmerizing inside pattern :)

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  10. Beautiful vases!!! I LOVE them!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks a million, Jill, you are kind and supportive as always! Xoxo!

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  11. so pretty! i love the textures and the way the light catches all the swirls! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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    1. Thank you, Andie, I knew you'd like the patterns inside ;)

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  12. Great it, they look fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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    1. Oh, Marty, thank you so much for every sweet visit here :)

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  13. Wow I can't believe how you transformed these vases! They look great, such pretty flowers as well. i'm a new linky follower! I would love if you followed back at http://iheartpears.blogspot.com/2012/06/trendy-baby-giveaway.html

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  14. amazing! it's crazy what a little paint can do huh?

    your newest follower...Danielle @ http://bellaella2121.blogspot.com/

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  15. Gorgeous!! I love what you did with the vases. :)

    Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime. I'm pinning this.

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    1. Thanks a million for the cheering thoughts, Betsy! Xoxo!

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  16. I love this!!! These are so pretty and creative. I am actually pulling out my chalk paint for a project tomorrow.. but I might be doing something like you soon... so creative. We have a link party going on right now and I would love it if you would link up with us!! Thanks

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/06/naturally-nifty-party-18.html

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    1. Thanks a million - I'm a regular guest at your wonderful party!

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  17. I used chalkboard paint on a vase that no longer fit in with my colour scheme and loved the results (yours are far more stylish looking than my efforts!). I do have to touch up little chips in the paint now and then though.

    (By the way, I found your site via Organize and Decorate Everything and have bookmarked for future visits!)

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    1. Welcome to my little blog, Angela! I love UK readers and I've got a little secret to share: I didn't actually use chalk paint - just regular acrylic paint in a very thick layer :)

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  18. Love these! They are so lovely. Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit, lovely hostess!

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  19. What a great idea! They look lovely with the bright flowers!

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  20. Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday. Following you on LF now:)

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  21. Oops! wasn't logged in, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

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  22. How pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you so much for being a gracious host and for the kind comment, Sherry!

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  23. Wow these are beautiful! This was such a wonderful post. I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  24. I really love how these turned out. They're so lovely with the bright flowers! Did you use Annie Sloan paint or is there a less expensive brand for projects like this? Thanks so much for sharing on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Oh, Michelle, I'm so happy that you like the painted vases!
      To tell you a little secret, I used an Italian acrylic paint from Maimeri (cost 5 bucks) and I applied 2 very thick coats - so it looks like chalk paint!

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  25. oh that is lovely! Thanks for the inspiration . I will be featuring you at today's Create & Inspire Party!

    Great pics too!

    Angie

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    1. Thanks a million, Angie! You sure know how to make a girl happy as a summer day :) Xoxo!

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  26. I love chalkpaint stuff!

    I would love for you to link this to my Flaunt It Friday link party! Also, follow my new blog Blissful Bucket List! :)

    http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com/

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  27. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the new look is GREAT!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Christine! I wish you a weekend as light and bright as my chalk paint vases :)

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  28. They almost look like hand carved then painted wood! How pretty, that pop of unexpected in the inside. Thanks for sharing at T4

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    1. Thanks again, Kimberly, you're the sweetest :)

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  29. These turned out great! You were featured

    http://www.thesasselife.com/2012/06/crafty-sasse-wednesday-link-party-40.html

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  30. They're so pretty. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Mary!

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