Have you ever looked at a piece of decor in your house and thought “I can do something with this and make it look fabulous!”?. I do it all the time!
I love glass vases, but sometimes I just look at them and think – BORING! They’re plain, transparent, they need flair! And, who am I kidding? I’ll find any excise for a DIY project! So I went out and got a couple of spray paints (like one can wasn’t enough!) and went crazy.. See, when I have a project in mind I sometimes don’t read tutorials and I just learn as I go along. So, mistakes were made, I screwed up a perfectly good vase BUT I learned from it. And I’m going to share with you the mistakes I made (so you don’t make them!) and what you need to do to spray paint a vase perfectly.
Spray paint disaster
Meet my first victim (a vase I bought from Ikea a couple of years ago). That is definitely not pretty! Confession – I was impatient. And with spray painting, impatience is your enemy! So I bid adieu to my horrible project, and tried again. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did, so I’m going to tell you how to properly spray paint a vase (or anything else really), without getting drips or worse, having to throw away a perfectly good piece of decor!
- Glass vase (we used an Ikea vase, but any glass vase will do)
- Spray paint
- Protective sheet or newspaper to cover your work surface
- Masking tape (optional)
- Clean and dry your vase thoroughly. If there are any stickers or labels on the vase, use masking tape to cover them up or remove them completely.
- Find a well-ventilated area to work in, such as a porch or garage, and cover the floor with a protective sheet or newspaper.
- Shake the spray paint can well for about 1 minute.
- Test the spray paint on a piece of paper or cardboard to make sure it is coming out smoothly.
- Step back 10-16 inches from the vase and lightly mist it with the spray paint, moving the vase back and forth to evenly coat it. Avoid applying too much paint at once, as this can cause drips.
- Let the paint dry for at least 15 minutes before applying a second coat. Repeat this process until you achieve an opaque coating. Be sure to let the paint dry completely between each coat.
- Once the vase is fully coated, let it dry for at least 24 hours before using it.
- Patience is key when spray painting! It may take a few coats to achieve an even and opaque finish, but it’s worth the wait.
- Experiment with different colors and finishes to find a look that suits your style.
- If you’re feeling extra creative, you can add some extra flair to your vase with stencils, decals, or other decorative elements.
With just a few simple steps and a can of spray paint, you can easily transform a plain glass vase into a stylish and unique piece of decor. Happy DIY-ing!
Ready for take two?
It’s quite an easy way of making something dull look pretty, you just need a little patience!