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…