Who else is totally obsessed with gold right now? I can’t get enough–gold jewelry, gold office supplies, gold home decor…I know, you get the picture. I’m excited to have Cynthia from Style Never Stops taking over this space today to show you how she created this gorgeous gold foil vases for next to nothing!
While in the thrift store the other week I stumbled upon these gems for $2.50 each.
They were short, wide glass tumblers that were dusty, plain, and didn’t look like anything too special. But I knew right away that I could use them to create modern gold striped tumblers that could be filled with flowers. And since I already had gold foil spray paint at home, I knew I could do this DIY project for next to nothing!
Step 1: Make sure the glass is clean, using soap and water to clean it, and using Goo Be Gone to remove residue from the price sticker. Allow it to dry well.
Step 2: Use painters tape to make stripes around the glass. Painters tape comes in varying widths, so you can choose your desired width based on the look you are hoping to achieve. Make sure to press firmly on the painters tape after you have it on the glass to ensure that the edges are adhered well so that you will have crisp paint lines later on.
Step 3: Rub sand paper (I used 220 grit) very lightly over the un-taped portions of the glass. This will help to lightly scratch the surface of the glass so the spray paint will adhere better. The key is to do this lightly. It will be subtle. You don’t want obvious scratches. (FYI – The lower the # on the sand paper, the rougher it will be. The higher the #, the finer it will be. So 80 grit will be a lot more rough & scratchy than 220 grit, for example.)
Step 4: Wipe off any dust left from step 3.
Step 5: Spray with a light coat of Gold Foil spray paint. The key is to do several light coats. (True confession: I don’t have much patience and often try to rush this process. However, when spray painting on glass, you must must must apply light coats of spray paint because the paint runs easily.)
Step 6: Apply multiple light coats of spray paint and wait several minutes in between each coat to allow it to dry before moving on to the next coat. It took me 3 light coats to get good coverage on these pieces.
Step 7: Allow the paint to dry completely. Remove the tape.
Step 8: Fill with flowers, surround it with pretty items, and enjoy :)
This whole project start to finish took me about 30 minutes. Any DIY project that can be completed entirely while my kids nap is a WIN in my book! It was simple, quick, and inexpensive. Yet it looks beautiful and makes a statement. I personally am thrilled with how it turned out! What do you think?
A little about the me: I’m Cynthia, a style seeker, DIY-er and young mom who is on a journey toward Stylishly Living with Less! I believe fashion and practicality can co-exist to create beautiful style in your wardrobe and home. My days involve peanut butter and jelly smears, juice splashes, and playing outside with my kids. So I strive to live real life without compromising great style. And I’m on a journey to simplify my wardrobe and live with less in my home while maintaining beauty and style. I passionately believe that each woman is beautiful, and that style is never defined by size, budget, age, or quantity of possessions. I am in pursuit of incorporating style into my life while minimizing my possessions in order to spend less money, have more time, feel more content with what I already own, give more generously, and be able to live life more fully by prioritizing the things that really add value to my life and the lives of those around me. I invite you to come along on this journey with me!