I’m constantly amazed at the power a lowly little can of gold spray paint wields. It can transform even the dingiest, dirtiest knick-knack into a work of art, leaving you feeling a little bit like King Midas with the ability to turn things to gold with just a touch.
Of course it’s not quite that easy, but in almost no time at all, a little spray paint allows you to easily update any old thing in your home, turning it into a piece that you love.
Case in point: these basic glass bud vases. I mean, they’re ookaaayyyy… A little boring, bland if you will. Something I probably wouldn’t look twice at sitting on the shelf at Walmart. You know?
Rust-Oleum recently sent them to me and asked me to give them an easy transformation using their paint or stain. When I first opened the box they sent to see what random items they had chosen and saw these three little vases, I’ll admit I was a bit stumped. Really, I think I was just trying to make the project a little too elaborate, envisioning perhaps a faux marbleized treatment.
But the more I thought about it, I realized that just wasn’t me. Simple, clean, and comfortable, with just a touch of sophistication is more my style, a la West Elm and Crate and Barrel.
So I pulled out my favorite Rust-Oleum gold spray paint and a sheet of newspaper to give them a gilded look — and I instantly fell in love. I want to gild all the things in our home now!
This treatment would be perfect on any size or shape clear glass vase. You’ll just need to gather up these supplies:
- Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2x Spray Paint in Metallic Bright Gold
- Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive
That’s it! Easy enough, right? Let me show you what to do with them.
Believe it or not, the step that will make or break this DIY is how you tear your newspaper. Just like wood has a grain, so does newsprint. Tear it from top to bottom, and you’ll get a fairly clean straight line.
But the secret to the feathered edge of the spray paint in this project is in tearing the newspaper horizontally. You can even exaggerate this a bit by pulling it to the left and right as you tear to get more of a jagged effect.
Once you have your paper strip prepared, apply the adhesive as close as you can to the torn edge. Then roll the paper, sticky side in, around your vase about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. Use your thumb to smooth the paper down flush with the vase, and rub away any excess adhesive at the same time.
Now you’re ready to paint! Shake your spray paint can thoroughly before starting. Apply the spray paint in thin coats, allowing each coat to dry well before applying another. Two coats was all I needed for these small bud vases, but you may need a few more for a larger vase.
Allow the paint to dry completely, and then peel away the newspaper to reveal your new gilded vase! If you find that there’s a tiny bit of overspray, don’t panic. A Q-tip and some acetone nail polish remover will easily wipe it away.
Now fill your vase(s) with flowers and enjoy. I couldn’t resist these pretty bright pink mini carnations at Walmart — and you can’t beat the price at $4.97 for a big bunch of them. They just fill my kitchen with happy!