DIY Splatter Vase (and a Trick for Grocery Store Roses!)

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When I was leaning over the paint counter, thinking about what colors I'd like to add to my bedroom, I thought an oxblood red would be the perfect balance to the new green lamps and the Knoxville Gray walls. I usually have something of every color in my extra tchotchkes/accessories closet (we all have one, right?), but this time I was coming up a little short in the oxblood red department.

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So I swung by the craft store and picked up a plain, clear glass vase for about $3. They have these vases everywhere - even the grocery store. And they make the perfect base for customizing (hello! - great gift idea!). Here's the how-to:
I wanted a splatter pattern on my vase, so for the first layer, I grabbed a bottle of black nail polish and sort of carefully whacked the brush around the rim of the vase.

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This enamel spray paint from Rustoleum is the perfect color of oxblood. It so glossy and deep - love it.

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I wrapped the outside of the vase with a grocery bag and sealed it up with painters tape along the top edges of the rim

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Then I sprayed the inside of the vase with the red color. Don't go too heavy with the paint here. You want to coat all the glass evenly, but it looks prettier if the light can still get through the layer of paint.

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Just like Christmas morning!

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The oxblood pairs so well with the pinks and purples in my favorite lady portrait and in the pink grocery store roses.

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Also, here's a little trick for getting cheap $10/dozen bodega roses to look more like garden roses. 

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To loosen the buds a little, put them in some warm water for an hour or two and then use your fingers to help them open a little more. If you put your fingers in a pinching position and sort of spread them from the center of the bud, they'll open up beautifully! And if you do it gently, there won't be any damage to the petals. Also I think they live just as long as before this way, especially if you're good about changing the water every other day or so. I can usually get my flowers to last about two weeks that way.

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The roses are so much more pretty this way, don't you think? Hard to beat $10 for a pretty arrangement that last for weeks!

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Oh, and some of you were asking about our flip clock. It was an Amazon purchase! Takes some work to get it going, but it's cute and fun!

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31 comments:

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

I wouldn't have guessed the vase was spray painted. It turned out great! I'll have to try your trick with grocery store roses next time. They look so pretty.

Jamie said...

Do you protect the spray paint with a clear coat of poly? I was worried that the water would peel back some of the paint? Looks fantastic!

Michelle Ash Latham said...

So cute! What a great DIY!

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Erin said...

You are a wizard. Seriously, you always have the greatest DIY projects!

briana stanley rosmarin said...

I love how the vase turned out! I am not normally a fan of red, but you are totally right about it rounding out the look. Your blog makes me so happy!

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Jenny at LGN said...

Thanks, friends!

Jamie - You don't need to clear coat over this paint because the enamel is oil-based. Forgot to mention that part in the post. Thanks for asking!
xo

tag said...

This all looks great! I want to know about your cell phone case too :)

tag said...

This all looks great! I want to know about your cell phone case too :)

House of Pemberley said...

You are so creative. Looks amazing!!!

Dee said...

This looks like a project. I have a lot of clear vases that would be perfect for this DIY.

Thanks!
dee@delolovesdesign.com

LisaM said...

Love this! What a fantastic idea.

Michelle Panting said...

Ooh, I especially like the tip about grocery store roses. I'm going to have to run out and pick some up.

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Alexa said...

Oh my gosh. It turned out so well!

Liz said...

Where is the diving motel print from? I so want it!

Emily Zimmerman said...

Jenny I love this DIY project! You are amazing! I thought that red vase was a high end vase, I had no idea it was your DIY! You always leave me in awe! I love to check your blog everyday to see what new post you have to inspire me! I love your posts! Keep them coming!

Laura Madalene said...

So sweet your work and really enjoyed to read your post. I also read your profile and i am interested you join with your family. Living Room Decor Ideas

Lori said...

Your ability to mix color is so incredible! Is that design school learned or just intuitive? I would love to see a post on how to build a color story. Thanks for the constant inspiration and learning :)

Leslie Stewart said...

You are so clever! Such a cute vase and thanks for the tip for roses!
Leslie
House on the Way

Zoe Royall said...

This vignette is one of my favorites of all time. I was wondering what process you used for that vase! I thought that it might have been a DIY after your kitchen desk project (in which everything was GENIUS). Thanks for sharing! A similar process would be pretty with those plain glass ornaments you can buy to decorate/fill yourself (although I think you'd have to use a paintbrush bc the opening is too small for spray paint).

Anonymous said...

Could you please share the name of the color and where you purchased it? Would save me (maybe others) so much time during this busy season. And I do intend to use that color on something for my home. Thank you!

Ivy Lane said...

What a fun DIY project! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try that rose tip too....

Happy Tuesday!

Ivy

Laura Richard Marshall said...

Hi Jenny,

I've been following your blog for awhile and I really appreciate your taste. I've been remodeling a boarded up home for the past several months and I'd love your input on our living room. Do you do e-design, or how do you work with clients long distance?

Thanks!
Laura

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alicaroline said...

I have the same tortoise shell phone case, my life is complete!!

Linda said...

Jenny, love this vase! As for the roses, do you mean to immerse the roses in warm water or only the stems?

Linda said...

Jenny, love this vase! As for the roses, do you mean to immerse the roses in warm water or only the stems?

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Kwinnubst said...

The Wishbone Walnut Chair (or 6) will soon be living with me!

Anne {Almost Home} said...

What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing! So simple, and I love the potential to come up with lots of different variations.

RETROSMITH. said...

Such a good idea! Think you've given me the inspiration I needed for a table centre piece. Thanks!

Alissa said...

This is amazing! What is the name of the Rustoleum color shade?

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