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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Spray Painting Glass Vases

Hi everyone,

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I had a busy few weeks of medical boards (I passed!), grant applications, and time on service.  There have been no shortage of new house projects in the interim, but I haven’t had the time to post anything until now.

We have been busy trying to put the finishing touches on different rooms.  In our old house, the living room color scheme was green and yellow, which was the color scheme in my previous apartment as well.  The boyfriend liked it, but I was ready for a change.  We decided on a scheme of blue, gray, and white for the living room.  I prefer neutral walls and furniture with pops of color in the accessories (rugs, vases, pillows, etc.) so that I can reuse the larger and more expensive pieces and replace the smaller objects over time.

We were able to find a great grey couch on sale at Macy’s and an appropriately sized and priced blue rug at Target that we both agreed on.  I had a blue color scheme in the guest bedroom of our last house and my previous apartment, so I decided to use the same pillows in the living room.  The boyfriend felt that they were more of a “teal” color, but I disagreed.  We reused my tv stand (Value City Furniture) and book shelf (World Market) purchased years ago.
Radley Fabric Sofa
Radley Fabric Sofa -


We are still working on the wall d├ęcor.  We found a really nice clock on Amazon that seemed to fit with our plans.  I also found a Groupon for canvas photos and decided to immortalize the cats on the wall.  The boyfriend, for the record, vehemently disagreed with this plan, as he felt it made him look like a “crazy cat man” so I take full responsibility.  I had several great photos of Rey, who is very picturesque.  Unfortunately Bob and Nonna are terrified of me so their photo sessions were less than ideal.  These are the same pictures used in my “Who am I?” post, now immortalized forever on canvas prints.  We hope to add to the wall over time with other interesting finds.

Next, I needed to reuse my now obsolete beautiful green and yellow accessories in the new house.  I got these tall green vases at Home Goods a few years ago and they have served me well.  I couldn’t reuse them in other areas of the house, so I decided to spray paint them white.  I looked at a few tutorials on Pinterest, and this one by LiveLoveDIY seemed the most applicable to my situation.

                                                             10 Paint Secrets: what you never knew about paint (like how to spray paint glass!). This is GREAT!:

First I washed and dried the vases to remove dust and grime.  I then used the same spray paint as the blog referenced above, Rust-Oleum High Gloss White.  I let the vases dry for a day and then moved them upstairs next to the TV, where they previously lived.  I also spray painted a smaller vase blue using Krylon Ocean Blue to add some variation to the color scheme.   

Here are the original vases:

Here is the finished product:

I absolutely love how they look!

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