Friday, 27 March 2015

Do-It-Yourself// Painted Vases

Most days, like most people, I spend a few minutes looking to be inspired by the various projects and trends posted to Pinterest. I scroll through, wide eyed, at all of the new possibilities that fill my screen. Kit Kat cake...why not? Street style that is comfortable all day long... yes please! Most of the time though I find myself itching to be crafty, clicking on the DIY tab and sifting through post after post of some of the most inspirational and adorable, cheap little DIY projects.

Now, go ahead and type into Google images ‘Pinterest fails’. Did you do it? This is where us normal people sit. Although most of the projects that I manage to take from my board and actually do are not quite as bad as some of the real fails out there, they still are not typically picture perfect. But maybe that makes it more fun and a lot more real...

So, even though I don’t have hours to spend cooking up new creations in the kitchen or a day to dedicate to reupholstering my furniture, I am always on the look out for manageable little projects that can spice up my home (in the cheapest way possible).

And if there is anything I have learned from Pinterest, it is that thrifting should be a regular part of your life.

Yesterday I found myself near St. Jacob’s Farmers Market (one of my favourite places on earth) to buy some flowers and a bit of fruit. To my surprise the new Value Village was open so of course I wanted to pop in. I was on the hunt for picture frames as I felt we needed more family and friends filling our home. As I wandered by aisle after aisle of fashionable 1970s home décor, I found myself drawn to these adorable little white vases... and they were 99 cents! So of course, I had to pick up a few. Not partial to the white, I thought I might get my creative juices flowing and actually paint these little treasures.

With frames and vases in one hand and a can of spray paint in the other I already felt a bit craftier.

Luckily the rain held off in the afternoon and I was able to spray away. As I let the ceramics and frames dry, I decided to pull out the rest of my spring décor to try to warm our place up a bit.

Overall this little project was a great success. For less than $15 I had new frames and seven new vases in a cheerful pistachio green. The spray painting was certainly trial and error, and I would definitely recommend doing it outside, but the whole project took about 10 minutes (plus time to dry).

With the spring decorations up and new pictures in frames, I am certainly ready for the weather to heat up and for spring to show itself outside too!

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