I haven’t been thrift store shopping in months, and this kind of makes me sad. I’ve always enjoyed thrift store stopping and finding something that could go from trash to treasure while at an excellent price! Sometimes it’s all about looking beyond what the object is to what it could be for my home. That was the case for a little vase that I found at the thrift store last year. I thought the vase had lovely markings, but the color was dull and didn’t match the decor of any room in my house. That’s where DecoArt Metallic Paint came in to play. After a few coats of metallic paint and a coat of metallic lustre, my husband didn’t even recognize it as the same vase!
- Dazzling Metallics Paint 2oz- Peacock Pearl
- Dazzling Metallics Paint 2oz- Oyster Pearl
- Metallic Lustres- Champagne Ice
- 2 Small paintbrushes, one smaller than the other
- Optional: Sandpaper
For my vase, I wanted to scuff up the surface a bit to remove the finish on the vase. I used the sandpaper for this. Skip this step if your vase doesn’t need it.
Cover the painting surface with plastic. On a small plate, pour Dazzling Metallics Paint in Oyster Pearl. Apply this to the entire vase, even in the grooved markings. Let this coat dry, then continue applying the paint until the entire vase surface is completely covered. For my dark colored vase, I had to apply 4 coats. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Now pour a small amount of Dazzling Metallics Paint in Peacock Pearl on a small plate. Take the smaller paintbrush and paint the Peacock Pearl into the grooved markings. Continue until the grooves are evenly painted. For me, this equaled 2 coats of paint. Let the Peacock Pearl dry.
At this point, I liked to look of the vase, but I did want to deepen the color. I didn’t want a gold vase necessarily, but I did want to add a warmth to the vase. The Metallic Lustre in Champagne Ice is an excellent wax that coordinates with the Metallic Paints. It buffs to a shine, adding to the color underneath without overtaking it. Using a sponge, apply a layer of the Metallic Lustre to the vase. Buff it with the sponge until the color is evenly distributed around the entire vase. Let dry completely.
This has to be my favorite vase upcycle to date! The metallic paint gives a modern look to the vase while maintaining the classic undertones that the original creator intended. What would YOU upcycle with Metallic Paints?