|$28.00 Anthro Vase|
|$18.00 Anthro Vase|
I saw these Anthropologie vases and fell in love with THEM but not their PRICE. So off to the thrift store I went!
I found these two vases that had classic design and shape as well as this metal ‘spray’ of flowers. I cleaned and dried the vases and using wire cutters cut of the flowers I wanted to use (leaving many more on the spray for future projects!). Note: A lot of people think I used silk flowers -- nope. This is a 'bouquet' of METAL flowers.
First I sprayed the vases and flowers with white primer. I sprayed the tall vase with Rust-Oleum Glacier Blue (which is very close to the colors we painted our living /dining room). I sprayed the short vase with Rust-Oleum black primer because that’s what I had. To achieve the look of porcelain glass, I finished the black one off with several coats of a store brand HIGH gloss lacquer spray paint. I only did this because I already had the black primer and gloss lacquer and didn’t want to go buy black gloss paint.
For the flowers, I simply got out my acrylic paint stash and began mixing and blending to come up with that same color family of blue/green and the orange which is an accent color in the rooms. I painted them all over with one coat and let dry. Then I went back and darkened each paint color and began adding different ‘shades’ of the original color to give the flowers some dimension.
I sprayed each flower with several coats of the Krylon Crystal Clear but still wasn’t satisfied that they really looked like “glass”. I have a wonderful clear glue called “Crystal Effects” from Stampin’ Up! that provides a very high gloss and stays dimensional. I spread one layer of it onto the flowers and this really made them look like they are made of glass! Using E6000 glue, I attached the flowers to the vases and there you have it!
|Anthro Vases: $47.00 for two vases|
|My Versions: $5.00 for two vases (Each vase: $1.00. Flower spray: $3.00)|