White Out

You may remember these vases, in their before state, from my Master Bedroom Tour.  This is one of those little projects that I put off forever.  Don’t know why.

It was super simple to spray paint these little buggers and took no time at all.  Procrastination, my kryptonite.

These vases were in our family room at the old house and their colors worked perfectly there.  Not so much in our new serene Master.  I loved both the scale and shapes of them just not their colors.  In comes my handy little friend spray paint.  I’d seen other bloggers spray paint unexpected things so I thought I’d give it a try.  Nothing ventured…

First up I washed the vases well in warm soapy water and allowed them to dry overnight.

Then I sprayed them with some gray primer I had on hand.  It was primer for use on metal, but since I had it I thought I’d give it a whirl.

The key to successful spray painting is to do MANY light coats.  That way you won’t get drips or an orange peel finish.

The picture below shows the largest vase with one coat of primer on.

This is what all three looked like after 2 coats of primer.

I would have liked to put another coat of primer on, but the nozzle on the can broke.  Yep, it was a mess.  Real life DIY.

From the primer debacle I decided to move ahead to the white finish spray paint.  Again I just used what I had on hand.  As you may have figured out from my past posts I am a BIT of a supply hoarder.  Just a little.  Okay, maybe a lot.  

I used this Krylon white spray paint in a satin finish.

Again the key to great coverage is to do many light coats.  Spray paint worked so well for this project, especially with all of those nooks and crannies.

I really wanted these vases to have a porcelain-like finish and I think I achieved it.

I don’t know if this type of finish would do well on a piece that receives a lot of handling.  These vases were going right back where they came from, on top of our chest of drawers, so no worries about handling up there.

Before:

And after:

I really don’t know why I put this project off for so long.  It was incredibly easy.  Total hands on time was only about 30 minutes.  And I already had the supplies in my stash…so project cost was $0.  Go figure.  What else have I been procrastinating on?  I think it’s time to tackle some of those long overdue items on my to do list, don’t you?

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