The little orange heart print was an engagement present from my two best friends. It looks good next to the orange roses.
The vase has lovely scrolly details on it.
Here's what I started with.
(and don't you just love the bright blue carpet at Rozelle Vinnies!)
To paint this I just gave it a good wash and got out all the rubbish that was stuffed down inside it. I then made sure it was thoroughly dry and put it on an old t-towel that didn't matter it is got a little paint on it. I started by turning it upside down and painted on the primer. Once I had painted the base and half way up the sides I turned it over and painted the top half and the inside of the top. You could spray paint this and it might be a bit easier but I always paint with a brush.
Here it is primed. (I used a Zinsser water based primer). It's not as though this little vase will be getting knocked about. I could have used Zinsser BIN - a white pigmented shellac based primer that is extremely durable but I'm a bit opposed to oil based paints and the whole clean up with turps hassle. You can see the little tin planter box behind the vase.
I then repeated the above painting technique with two coats of white latex/acrylic paint and it's looking beautiful. I will give it a coat of clear wax in the next day or so. The resin in the wax will make the paint more durable. I could have done the whole antique glaze effect that I blogged about here but I wanted this pure white to coordinate with the other white things on my French Provincial sideboard.
And I have to share this lovely card my little boy chose for me.
It says it all really, doesn't it!
I hope this makeover will inspire you to paint something that is ugly but that has a good shape to it. There are so many things that can be saved and given a new life with a few licks of paint.
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