Sunday, June 26, 2011

My something from nothing {almost} DIY project

I haven't disappeared! I'm still here!
I've been having a blast with all my visitors the past couple weeks, but life has been keeping me busy enough I haven't been able to get on the computer and write about it all.

Just wanted to say a quick hi to everyone,
and a quick brag tutorial on a little project I did recently for some easy-peasy table top decor.

When I'm not shopping at Goodwill's and thrift stores, my favorite runner up places to go are Home Goods & Marshall's and I go directly to the clearance aisles. 
One of my latest finds was this vase:

When I saw it was originally a $35 vase - marked to Home Good's price of $15 and then clearance'd down to $4.50 I grabbed it knowing it'd be perfect for a spray paint make over.
I started by giving it a light sanding so the primer would stick better {also helps prevent any drips of the primer because it has something to hold onto}.
Then I started spraying away with my spray paint primer.  If I remember correctly, I did about two light coats.
Next came the paint! I instantly new this wonky shaped vase would be beautiful and an excellent addition to my Master Bedroom makeover in my latest obsession accent color of YELLOW.
I did a few light layers of my bright yellow spray paint...


{Anyone else suddenly craving jelly beans?!}

Next vision I had for this was actually NOT flowers, but I pictured something a little more "rustic" to accessorize the theme of our bedroom.
I {okay, truth, I told my coworker one day during work to go outside and find "cool shaped" branches for me... and she actually did} So, my coworker gathered up some branches from the amazing store called, "The Great Outdoors, aka Nature". 
After seeing them in the vase I knew something they needed a little TLC.

I sanded each branch down to remove any ickyness {I really am not sure what those black specks are and was not willing to wait and find out if they were eggs of some sort}.

Then to help preserve the branches and help eliminate rotting I applied a clear varnish to each of the branches.
 

Afterwards I laid them out for a good couple coats of glossy white paint {like I'd ever use anything else}.
Once they dried I assembled my free arrangement into my $4.50 brand new vase and sat back and admired.



{Happy Dance}!

{Anyone notice the non-stenciled curtains in the background?... I'll finish those eventually, I swear!}
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11 comments :

  1. Um precious! Stop being productive geez!!

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  2. I'm loving the color combo of ray and yellow lately, too. Love that you sprayed the branches white and they look fantastic in the newly painted vase. I always find goodies in the clearance aisles too!! Can't wait to see the whole room!!!

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  3. Love it!! Yellow is fabulous!

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  4. Hello blog friend! I love your project, I am loving your new blog look too! I am so excited for you!!!! Ohhh how I wish we could craft together!

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  5. Great find Pamela. Fun and funky shape vase. That is a great thought on how to preserve the branches. Such a fun project.

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  6. Hey Pamela! :) So glad you liked my laundry room makeover, thanks for your comments.
    OH YES it was budget friendly!(except for the washer and dryer...but that was income tax money) :) The flooring was black peel and stick and cost $60, the dresser was a goodwill find that I re-did and it was $15, the cabinets were from Habitat Restore and cost $25. each, the board and batton is just pre-primed MDF from Lowes and the whole room cost ..I think it was $80, and the paint was $20 from Lowes (with coupon)....I'd say that was pretty budget friendly. :) The accessories were pretty cheap too. I always do things on a budget. If you wanna see all those things I mentioned, I have links back to them in the laundry room post.
    Your vase turned out great...love the white branches! :)
    have a great week
    missy

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  7. Looks awesome! I hope you will share at my party! : )

    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/06/craft-and-tell-no-11-and-features.html

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  8. Great job. I love the pop of color! I would be thrilled if you shared this project at my link party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party_28.html

    Thanks for the creative inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

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  9. Lovin the fun yellow on the vase! And it has such a nice, organic shape, too. Great job.

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  10. So beautiful! Love the yellow on the vase. The organic shape is unique! Your space is very creative!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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