I took a couple of old crystal vases and gave them a brutal paint job. They look clean, chalky and perfect for my whimsy Wednesday afternoon. The paint crawled into the crystal vase crevasses, maintaining a subdued pattern. So now I've got extra texture - which is a subtle way to a luxurious decor.
Most of all, I LOVE that the inside is still intact - little dark crystal flower:
And back to the flowers:
You get the idea - I like them a lot!
And for the grand finale, a quick tutorial:
1. Wash the vases and dry them. Check for impurities.
2. Apply the first paint coat using a very wide brush, in order to sweep the curvy vase lines. The brush must also be a thin one, because you need to reach into the little sculpted details.
3. Repeat for the other vase. The second one always turns out better :D
4. Let the vases dry completely and complete with a thinner second layer of paint (and even a third one, if necessary, but careful not to damage the vase pattern!)