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Updating a secondhand vase with paint

I'm not off to a great start with today's post as I can't find any 'before' photos despite having our swan vase for close to 6 years, it seems I've never taken a photo of it. I saw this swan vase in a charity shop years ago and bought it [probably for something like €5] because I've always liked swans and thought it had a really nice shape. Unfortunately, I only realised how aged and discoloured the vase was once I brought it home, but since I like swans so much, I kept it in our storage cupboard. For something like 6 years. 




Last weekend Robert bought me flowers and I went to our storage cupboard, picked up the swan vase, and as I was putting it back down as I've done so many times before, a thought popped into my head - what if I were to spray paint it black? Oh. Oh I like that idea.

I went for my can of Rust-Oleum's chalkboard paint [this is not an ad - I've had this can for almost as long as my swan vase and I'm a genuine Rust-Oleum fan], put a plastic bag over my hand, held the vase upside down, put my hand in the vase and carefully spray painted thin layers onto the vase. I didn't use a primer as I the paint adhered really well to the vase, but depending on the piece you're painting, you may need to use a primer. I let the vase dry for at least an hour before using it to be sure the paint was completely dry.

I don't know why it took me so long to paint it. I've always loved that vase, but the colour gave me such a stink-face every time I reached for it that I'm just glad I thought to paint it. There are many people who may say I've destroyed an old or vintage vase by painting it, and I'm okay with that, but I'm using it for the first time since I bought it so that's a good decision in my books. 


2 comments:

  1. I love this - I think it looks fantastic in black! It's such an interestingly shaped unique vase, and I think the black adds another element of chicness! I would say this vase is both dark and romantic!!
    Great pictures and a great DIY! xx

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    1. I completely agree, Maria! The vase looks so much better in black. I really wish I had a photo of it before, but the wing details didn't stand out nearly as much when it was an old, magnolia porcelain.

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