It’s been a bit quiet on the blog this week, sorry about that. We’ve been running around sorting everything we own into keep/purge/maybe piles (maybe piles are the worst, btw), and I just didn’t quite get around to finishing the blog posts I had planned for earlier this week.
I said this on Instagram over the weekend, but I think moving is one of those things we all think we remember, but then when you’re in the middle of it again, it’s like… Oh yeah, this really is so much work, it’s terrible! It’s amazing what gets thrown away when you’re faced with moving everything you own.
I’ve also been sorting through my craft stash and deciding what to do projects with and what to (sadly) let go. I save a whole lot of glass bottles and jars around here, and we’ve had a few whiskey bottles sitting around here for awhile.
A friend stopped in the other day and asked me where I got the concrete vase, and I really didn’t know what she was talking about. I have been hitting Homegoods, TJ Maxx and Goodwill a bit lately as retail therapy (moving is hard!) and was a bit concerned I bought something I forgot about (hate when that happens). She pointed to a bottle I just painted… Ah, not concrete, but (my favorite) Country Chic Paint!
This paint really does give the bottles the texture of expensive, heavy bottles. It’s clay paint, which I’m obsessed with. You can see all my other Country Chic Paint projects here.
Today’s post is part of the monthly Create & Share Challenge hosted by Cat of Pocketful of Posies, and the theme is DIY vases. You can see my previous Create & Share Challenge posts here (my favorites are this DIY pillow cover and this DIY wall sign).
Basically, there’s a general DIY theme each month, and a group of bloggers all put their own spin on the theme. It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with. You can see the other bloggers’ DIY vase ideas at the bottom of this post.
These are really easy, which of course means it’s one of my favorite types of projects.
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Supply list for DIY faux concrete vases:
- Glass bottles
- Drop cloth or old newspaper
- Paint (I used Country Chic Paint’s Vanilla Frosting and Harmony.)
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s tape (if your bottle has burlap around the top like mine did)
- Burlap ribbon (if your bottle doesn’t have burlap and you want to add it)
- Wax (I used Country Chic Paint’s Natural Wax.)
- Wax brush
How to DIY faux concrete vases:
1. Strip the labels off the bottles.
I love the burlap at the top of the one bottle. Kalen said he knew when I was digging through old whiskey bottles for a project that I’d pick the one with the burlap. He knows me too well.
2. Paint the bottles.
Side note: I put painter’s tape around the burlap at the top of the one bottle, but obviously if your bottle doesn’t have a cute burlap ribbon around the top, you can skip this step.
Apply the paint with the brushstrokes going in the same direction, then let it dry.
I’m always amazed at the difference between one coat and two coats of Country Chic Paint.
3. Apply a second coat.
Let it dry 24-48 hours before you apply wax..
4. Apply the wax to seal the clay paint.
Use a nice wax brush (really, it’s worth it), swirling it around in the wax container than applying to the bottles in a circular motion. Then use a lint-free cloth to wipe off an excess wax.
5. (optional) Tie some burlap ribbon around the top if you want a similar look.
Fill with water and your favorite flowers, and you’re all set!
A little tip for my Milwaukee friends, the Pier 1 at Mayfair is going out of business, and EVERYTHING is on sale. I got that little rope ball there over the weekend for a steal. Otherwise, it’s available online here and really not expensive at full price anyway.
And can we talk about this wood crate? I mentioned it in this blog post, but omg, I am obsessed with them.
I’m also still obsessed with that metal basket, available here.
Get the look:
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See more of my favorite Country Chic Paint projects here:
- A two-toned makeover: White and wood nightstands
- Painting an old desk with clay paint
- A DIY rustic sign for the bathroom walls
- A Queen Anne table makeover with clay paint
Remember to check out the other bloggers’ DIY vases, too.
An Easy Way to DIY Faux Concrete Vases – Green with Decor (you’re here!)