Tuesday

Paint it White


While going through a pile of old magazine issues before bringing them to the recycled bin, this following picture, a Ballard Designs ad totally got me. I liked everything about it, but what really got my attention was the trio of white vases on the table.


It was like a "Hey, I have that item!" moment. I've had this Chinese vase for almost 20 years, and it's been stored in the basement for the last 15 because its color scheme didn't go with my home decor any longer. After looking at the BD inspiration pic I knew I have to give my vase a coat of white paint.
I know many of you out there are going to scream at such sacrilege, but I knew I was going to love it and use it even more if I painted it, besides it's not an original piece, it is a cheap reproduction.

I also grabbed a pair of $1 vases I found last year at the flea market...

And gave them two coats of paint. Once again, using the home-made version of chalk paint HERE.

I love how the vase texture and nice shape are now its main features.

The vases prompted me to give the living room a new look. Even though snow is still outside, it looks like Spring is already here.

Following my inspiration pic, the coffee table now sports a trio of vases ;)

White, green and yellow...Oh yeah, Spring is in the air!


I know your eyes keep on wandering around the window art, it's happening to me too ;)  You can read all about it right HERE.



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27 comments :

  1. I love the white. They look so much better. I love the window art and my have to copy a bit of that. We have stacks of old windows stored away. Can't wait to hear more.

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  2. I have also two same vases and I have not use them almost 13 years. What a great idea to use them again!

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  3. I love your daring scheme to paint them white! Seriously, what use are they if you don't use them!! I love the white, and the window art is so awesome! Can't wait to hear how you did it!

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  4. I'm not screaming at the sacrilege, especially as it was in your basement for ages, I think they look great and the room is looking really pretty with the touches of green and blue and the great window art.

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  5. Great idea! They look beautiful. :) I can't wait to hear about your window art.

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  6. i love how paint can transform! great DIY

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  7. I love painting things white! It is actually a brilliant and cost effective way to change things up!

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  8. Tu pintaste ese jarrón chino Cristina ? Eres muy valiente .. La verdad yo también tengo una pieza China de hace años que no se qué hacer con ella ya que no me gusta el color ., me encanta en blanca !!

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  9. So funny how we are on the same wavelength. I just went out and got a bunch of knick knacks (vases, figurines etc) for the sole intent of painting them white to use in a vignette. I love how they become neutral and go with anything.. no matter how ugly they were to begin with! Great post!

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  10. I love the transformation! The white is so fresh. Love it!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  11. Gorgeous, Cristina! Another beautiful idea. Your living room looks amazing!

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  12. I think they look very nice white. I've been thinking about doing the very same thing to some old vases and knick-knacks I have.

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  13. Way to show people that they can re-use what they have. So much useful stuff ends up in the landfills every day. If only people could take a lesson from you Cristina! Cheers.

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  14. Love the bisque look of your new collection Cristina! Definitely looks way more high-end than before!

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  15. I so agree - I love it more painted. I think change is always appropriate when an item has outlived its usefulness as it is. Very nice makeover.
    Cindy

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  16. oh that looks so fresh and refreshing cristina...finally after 20 years, you are able to decorate that vase♥

    love the chalk finish too...huggies♥
    rea

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  17. Oh, I love it. I am a spray paint any random object I can find aholic

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  18. Ya, why not paint it, love your spring colour scheme Cristina!

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  19. Love it! Why keep it if you aren't using it? Love the update.

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  20. wonderful !! I always believe it painting anything before you trash it or give it away. I have even painted lamp shades

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  21. OMG I can't believe you destroyed that Ming Dynasty treasure!!! Ha!

    ;)

    Love it white! Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing at the Super Saturday Link Party, my friend!

    :) Linda

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  22. Ooh la la! I love the was the jar looks! And the whole room is lovely!

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  23. Love how you recycled so many things with ... white paint!

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  24. Haha. I see these all the time. Great redo. Love it!! Please come share this on my Chic By You Link Party @ http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-5.html . Hope to see you there.

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  25. Hi Christina,
    The painted vases turned out wonderful. Love how the texture stands out now. So pretty in white.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes

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  26. Wait......you did not explain how you got the dots /texture added on the vases!!!!!

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