Hey, friends! As many of you know, I had the super-fun job on Saturday along with three other local-ish bloggers of traveling to the Baltimore IKEA store and doing crafty demonstrations with some of their fantastic products. The first demo I did was for a quick but chic spring centerpiece. Take a look at how easy it is to turn a set of vases…or even just one…into a glamorous addition for your dining room table!
METALLIC ACCENT VASES
Martha Stewart Metallic Multi-Surface Craft Paint: Titanium, Sterling, and Brushed Bronze
Step 1: Tape off any design you like. For my shortest vase, I just placed one line of tape all the way around approximately near the center. For the tallest vase, I used three pieces of tape going around the vase horizontally. Then, for the center vase, I placed tape pieces around the vase vertically at varying intervals to create random widths and spacing for the stripes. I wish I had photos of all three taped off to show you, or at the very least a picture where I look less goofy, but when your best friend is also doubling as your camera girl, she catches your “finest moments”…
Step 2: Use a sponge brush to apply paint below or in between your tape strips. Then, you’ll need to let your paint dry and repeat. I needed to give my vases four coats of the Sterling and Brushed Bronze, and three coats of Titanium before I got the rich metallic look I was going for.
Step 3: Remove your tape while the final coat is still wet and make any last minute fixes. A cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol is great for helping even up and removing any excess paint that may have snuck under the tape.
Step 4: Once your vases are completely dry, add your flowers! Since I’m allergic to real ones, I used a mixture of artificial ones I found at Ikea; hydrangea, tulips, and a dried bouquet that fit perfectly into my tallest vase.
That’s all there is to it! A super-simple and inexpensive way to add a glam touch to your spring table. And you don’t have to use them just when spring is in the air…just think how pretty they’d be around the holidays too!
I was so pleased with the result! I also had a great time just getting to meet and chat with the other bloggers: Amy Renea from A Nest for All Seasons, Susan from Organized 31, and Jeannie from Create & Babble, and a reader who came just to watch the demonstration! Plus, any excuse to go to IKEA is a good one, right? I found a couch I absolutely love and I’m working on hubby, slowly but surely…
Amy Renea says
You are so adorable 🙂
Looks great! I love the goofy picture too. I’m definitely going to make some in silver
I am loving the metallic accents!
Amy Buchanan says
So cool! Were you there as part of “Friend Day” at Ikea? They were having that last weekend at the Charlotte, NC, store and I planned to take a friend on her first Ikea trip, but bad weather/power outages kept us from going. But we’re heading there this weekend.
I sure was! Sorry you weren’t able to go last weekend; hope this Saturday works out better for you!
Jean Israel says
They are really neat!! But…seriously…Amy, you are just too cute!! 🙂
You know me – anything metallic is a friend of mine! Love it!
Great idea! That metallic paint really adds a lot!
Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home says
I LOVE Ikea and your pretty accent vases 🙂
Maybe because I’m a goofy girl I love the goofy picture. Had a great time on Saturday with you all. And the vases look even better in person!
Looks like fun! What a great idea for the metallic accents! 🙂
No kidding- any reason to go to IKEA is a good one! Looks like fun and these turned out great- so versatile! 🙂
Lovely! Looks like you had a great time at Ikea!
Super cute Amy!
These vases are gorgeous! I too love metallic accents! Well done! 😀
Corinna Ashley [ForMyLoveOf] says
I enjoy the little pop the metallic paint gives to the vases. Feeling your pain with the allergies, faux flower girls unite!
Lol, sorry you have to go faux too. I love the look of real flowers, but aCHOO! Thanks for stopping by!!