Oof. I hate that I’ve been such a lame-ass blogger lately. I find it so difficult to get motivated when I’m seriously bummed out, you know? (If you’ve been reading, you know why I’ve been bummed out. You’re sick of hearing about it, I’m sick of talking about it, blah blah blah.) But today, we woke up at an ungodly hour for Brad’s 10K – he finished in 1:06, woohoo! – so I felt like the day was hours longer. It just seemed wrong not to use that extra time for at least one project.
After screwing around with some supplies I found in my office, here’s what I came up with:
I’m only slightly ashamed to say that this took me an entire afternoon, despite its simplicity. I don’t mind, though – I like to think of that time as an investment in my future crafting skills. You mess up, you learn, you move forward.
The original plan was to paint the inside of the vase with hot pink glass paint, then gold leaf the outside.
It started off well enough. First, I blocked off the section I wanted to gold leaf with Frog Tape.
Since I knew the gold leaf adhesive would have to set for about half an hour, I applied that first with a foam craft brush.
It goes on milky, and then eventually dries to clear. That’s when you know you’re ready to apply the gold leaf. While I waited, I applied the glass paint (again, with a foam craft brush). And, well, it looked kind of crappy. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised – the whole kit probably cost about $8 from Michael’s, and it was the air-dry kind of paint. Real glass paint has to be baked. I decided to wait for it to dry to see if the coating would even out. In the meantime, I applied the gold leaf.
I really don’t have the patience or steady hands for good gold leaf application, which is a real shame, because I love it so much. But despite all that – and my lack of wax paper, which makes the job a LOT easier – I thought it came out OK. I was definitely pleased with the clean line when I removed the Frog Tape.
Meanwhile, though, my cheap glass paint wasn’t getting any better-looking. I attempted to pick out a stray piece of cat hair and realized that the paint was peeling right off, so I just peeled off all of it with my nails.
Luckily, I had a back-up plan – a whole cabinet full of spray paint. I covered the outside of the vase with a Ziplock bag and taped along the edges.
Ideally, I would have painted the inside of the vase neon pink, or perhaps lavender. But the only reasonable colors I had were white and yellow, so one of those would have to do. You want to hear something funny? I thought I could apply the primer to see if I liked the white, and then if I didn’t, I could just apply the yellow over it. UH, NO, IDIOT. It doesn’t work that way when you’re painting the INSIDE OF GLASS.
Luckily, I liked the white. Then I had the genius idea of adding the yellow to the inside, anyway, to give my little vase the oh-so-important P.O.C. (That’s Pop Of Color, people, and it is CRUCIAL.) After that, I touched up the gold leaf again, and then hit the whole thing with some clear sealer spray. Ta-da!
The sunshine yellow goes perfectly in my office. Shocker, right? Everything ends up in there. I’m seriously running out of room for gold spray-painted tchotchkes.
EVERYTHING IS GOLD AND WHITE. HELP!
It’s not exactly the most exciting thing I’ve ever DIYed, but I like it. And working on it took my mind off my knees for a little bit, which is always good.
Have you ever rescued a DIY from icky-streaky-cheap-looking failure?