This project began with one of my semi-regular forays through my local thrift stores. I was on the hunt for fabrics, but of course several unplanned items incuding this vase and pebbles jumped into my cart and asked to come home with me! The red pebbles had me thinking to use it for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece, and following inspiration I found through Pinterest for this cute jar project from heart.love.always, I went over to HomeDepot for a can of spray paint. While trying to decide which shade I wanted to use, I stumbled on Glitter spray paint.
Glitter. Spray. Paint. Did you know this even existed? So cool!
After removing the (ugly) gold ribbon that came attatched to my vase (luckily it was just hot glued and popped right off), I cleaned it inside and out with hot water and vinegar to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or greasy prints to mess up the new paint job.
Now, instead of hand drawing & cutting a heart in masking tape like they did in the tutorial mentioned above, I did a little cheat and used a window cling I got from the dollar store last year. I also had on hand some Wall Sticker letters and decided to put ‘love’ on my vase (if you were doing this for wedding decorations you could put the couple’s Monogram or the date!). I also covered the opening with paper towel and masked off the top rim to keep the inside clear.
When I went outside to set up for painting, I had another idea strike. Spray painting always has overspray, and I hated to waste any of this (kinda spendy) Glitter paint, so I laid a piece of 12×12 cardstock underneath the vase to catch most of the extra. Now I have Glitter Paper to use on a few cards, & maybe in a miniature scene. I also spread out a few of the pebbles to get painted with overspray, you can check out what I did with them in this Bonus Project.
I ended up doing 3 coats, because I think the paint I picked is meant to be translucent with silver glitter sparkling thru, but I wanted the silver to be opaque and really contrast the red pebbles showing through the cutouts. I let the vase dry for about 30 minutes between coats.
When the last coat had dried for at least an hour, I carefully peeled the stickers off and set them aside. (The plus side to my little cheat is that the stickers & clings are still usable afterwards, at least for one use- if they are bent much after the paint is cured it starts to chip off.)
I put them on the mirror in one of our bathrooms.
After adding a simple group of Daisies (my favorite btw), and very carefully pouring in the pebbles, my new Blingy Valentine’s Day Vase makes a bright addition to our (Recently Fixed Up)living room table, don’t you think?
(Even though you can’t really see the red pebbles inside…Lol)