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Thursday, May 29, 2014

How To Gold Leaf A Glass Vase

I keep seeing gold leaf on clear vases and decanters and they are all so beautiful, but the price is usually beautiful too, so I thought I would see if I could make one.




 I found this cylinder vase at TJMaxx on the clearance aisle for $2.99.  Nice shape and size so I think it will be perfect for this project.  First thing I did was wash it in really hot soapy water.  I used a grease cutting soap (Dawn) and then rinsed it really well and dried it thoroughly.  Now it was sparkly clean.


 I taped off a line where I wanted the gold to be using frog tape.  I am just going to paint the lower section.


 Super simple, just a few light sprays with my 24 Karat Pure Gold spray paint and it is gorgeous.  You can buy this paint at Michaels and it goes a long way.  No need for heavy coats.  Now this isn't like using the real gold leaf papers, however it looks the same, so that works for me.


I had a really small rectantular vase, so I gave it a few stripes too.



I love the size of the round vase.   A simple bouquet of tulips on a white tray and it becomes the star of the show.
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I filled the vase with clear glass marbles to hold the stems in place.  These are my faux tulips from the Dollar Tree.  They look pretty good don't you think?


 A lovely vignette for my dresser, perfect for spring.

 My kind of DIY, super inexpensive and easy.  So, what kind of projects have you been doing lately?


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45 comments:

  1. Looks great, Marty! I didn't know there was a spray paint like that. I'm sure this is much easier too than using those slinky little golden sheets! :) Hope you had a nice Memorial Day.Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. That is so pretty! I haven't seen vases like that before. I also haven't seen that spray paint before. I'm not as crafty as most, I guess. Your new vignette looks so elegant. The tulips are the perfect addition too.

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  3. It looks Perfect! I need to do something like that, you make it look so easy!

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  4. Oh my gosh Marty that is fantastic! So rich looking. I am going to have to try this for sure!

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  5. This is so clever! It looks really great.

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  6. Well, I have to say this is not only pretty, but quite original too! You never fail to inspire me.

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  7. They're beautiful, Marty! Just perfect!

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  8. Wow, Marty! This looks really high-end! I will definitely have to give that paint a try.

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  9. You did a great job. Gotta check out that product at Michael's. No projects here...thanks for the inspiration. I have a vase that could use a little bling.

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  10. Love this idea Marty! I have several glass cylinders like this that I could add some bling to. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  11. Marty your vase looks really classy. Nice job!

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  12. Oh Marty, they look so good and expensive. Thanks for showing us the spray and how to. I like the tulips in your new vase.
    Mary

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  13. Just gorgeous.Love the tulip flowers and they go so well.Thank you...:):)

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  14. Just gorgeous.Love the tulip flowers and they go so well.Thank you...:):)

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  15. Looks perfect, Marty! You have to love creating things on the cheap....such satisfaction. xo

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  16. Love the vase, Marty. So pretty! I didn't know about this paint. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Marty I love the gold! You make this look simple enough that I might could do it! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  18. These vases turned out great Marty! So elegant and fancy. Love the sparkle they give!

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  19. That's classy way to dress up a simple vase! I just used one similar to that for some pot-pourri. I may have to add this embellishment to mine!

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  20. I have some gold paint still in the house but I've never tried it on glass, maybe I should since I love what you did Marty! thanks for sharing!

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  21. Very pretty and elegant, a great update to a simple glass vase. I wonder if they have a similar paint in silver.

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  22. Beautiful!! It looks really store bought and really professional. I must try one of those gold spray paint crafts soon.

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  23. I'm off to find that spray paint! I NEED a vase like that! Looks fab! xx, b

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  24. Beautiful! What a great and easy project. The vases look so expensive. I will definitely do this . It is great for many tables. Thank you Marty!!!

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  25. Wow! It turned out beautiful. Such a nice job you did and your tulips..well, I thought they were real! So, there's your answer.
    :) You do have such elegant taste. I found out early on that I didn't have the ability to turn out "elegant" decor. I admire what you do and your soft warm color scheme.
    xxoo
    Mona

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  26. LOVE IT! So simple but yet so classic. I'm gonna have to do this to some of my vases. I have a ton that came with flower deliveries but they aren't that pretty. this should spruce them right up!

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  27. They look really elegant, too, Marty! I love this idea, and may have to copy you! The DT tulips still look great! I bought some there this year for my little peat pot craft that I did. They look so real!!

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  28. Pinning this one for sure, Marty! Who would have thought something so elegant looking could be so easy and inexpensive?? I have so many vases that need a little 'sprucing' up, and this is sure to do it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

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  29. LOVE! I like the idea of a gold spray instead of doing it the other way. Very pretty!

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  30. What an elegant craft! I would never guess it was as simple as spray some paint!

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  31. Your idea is very creative and stylish. It looks like a super expensive vase brought from boutique and If a didn't know, I've never believe that it's DIY. Great job.

    Home cleaning Wimbledon

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  32. It turned out so pretty and elegant Marty! Love your whole vignette with the tulips frame and little golden apple. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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  33. You turned a plain vases into very elegant ones!...Love them Marty! Such a great idea for functions like a wedding!..

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  34. This is so beautiful Marty! You did an awesome job!!

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  35. So smart! It looks like a Nell Hill vignette!
    Good Job!
    ~Liz

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  36. Marty what a lovely transformation from simple to elegant! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Your participation helps to make it extra special ♥

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  37. Clever idea, Marty. These vases look very elegant!

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  38. That looks really lovely, Marty! I'm so glad that gold is making a comeback in decor -- I love its richness.

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  39. Looks beautiful, Marty! Great tutorial! I do appreicate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  40. Marty, your vases look beautiful! What a wonderful, simple idea. I've never seen that paint, but I'll be looking for it now.

    Thank you so much for joining Grace at Home! I'm featuring you this week. :)

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  41. The vase is beautiful, Marty. I love how you decorate--clean and elegant. And that you make beauty out of inexpensive materials. Enjoy your weekend. ~Pamela

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