Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY Chevron vases.

guys...Julie is amazing. I was so lucky to be able to grab lunch with her when she was in Indy this fall...and it was like we were old friends catching up. Love her to death! :)
Hi there! I'm Julie and I blog over at The Smitten Mintons. Since our lovely friend Katie, who I was lucky enough to meet last year, is taking a little blog break, I'm here today to show y'all one of my favorite projects to date! Here's my tutorial for DIY Chevron Vases!

-Vase (I found these beautiful white vases at Pier 1 on sale for $15 each)
-Paint of your choice (I used Martha Stewart craft paint and LOVED it)
-Blue paint tape (I used Martha Stewart's and loved it, too!)
-Gloss finish spray paint (Martha Stewart)
-Graph paper, pen, ruler

I created a pattern using copy paper (I was too lazy to go out and get graph paper, but it would be a lot easier if you did :)  Draw lines horizontally and vertically 1" apart. Then, draw diagonal lines in 2 rows of squares, and cut it out.

Tape your pattern near the top of the vase, and place small strips of painters tape along the pattern, and make sure to press down on the edges as much as possible! 

For my vase, the diameter changes so I couldn't use the pattern for the whole thing. Instead, I used it at the top to get it started and then just did the rest by eye-balling it. Next step, paint! I did 2 coats and that was plenty. 

I painted all of the first coat, and then for the second coat, I did a few lines at a time and then took the tape off. Make sure to remove the tape when the paint is still wet, it comes off a lot easier!

Last step, spray a glossy finish on it to seal it all in!
Diego admiring my new work of art :)
For the rest of the mantle, I found this wreath at Target, ripped out the green leaves and spray painted it white, and found a beautiful frame from Michael's for half off! 

I picked up some pretty fillers from Michael's for the vases and VOILA! A beautiful new mantle that I can't stop staring at!

Thanks for having me here today, Katie! And give your sweet pups a kiss from me and Maisy :)


My-cliffnotes said...

Sooo cute!

Legally Lovely said...

Two of my favorite people in one place! It's my lucky day!

I love these vases and am obsessed with the fireplace. I wonder how often that gets used in CA? You know who really steals this post though? Diego. ;)

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Awesome!! Looks time consuming but sooo worth it. Turned out fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Super Cute! i'll be on the lookout for some nicely shaped vases. :)