How I created a gold-stripe flower vase using Rust-Oleum’s Mirror Effect spray paint-
If you saw my recent bar cart makeover then you may have noticed the gold-striped flower vase sitting on top. This was completed with the Mirror Effect spray paint that Rust-Oleum sent along with several other products to use for their Blogger’s Challenge on Creator’s Studio. It was a fun challenge to take part in with other bloggers and even though I did not win the challenge I still walked away a winner with this awesome project!
I know most of you must be thinking “you just use painter’s tape for this“, right? Well, you are right, but I have a few more tips on how I prepared the vase for painting and even one more thing I probably should have done.
This project was super easy…so easy, that I couldn’t believe how it all came together so quickly after I decided to do it as a last minute project to include in my bar cart makeover. This was just a cylinder vase I had under my kitchen sink and had forgotten about until I needed a vase for these pretty white roses.
I didn’t take exact measurements when I applied the painter’s tape…much like the way I make sausage gravy. I just do what I think looks right and add as I go until it is just right. I adjusted the painter’s tape just a little until it looked right, but you can measure if you want, or live wild and free like me and skip the measuring. That’s exactly how I prepare my sausage gravy. I have this belief that if someone tells you they have the “perfect recipe” for sausage gravy, don’t trust it. Maybe it’s just a thing here where I’m from and we take our sausage gravy seriously, but even though I have compared the two, sausage gravy is not something you just whip up like I did this project, okay?
Okay, back to the vase now…
One thing I did decide on before applying the painter’s tape, was that I wanted a gold stripe at the top of the vase. This is why I turned it upside down and did not add any tape on the top rim, because I didn’t want the paint to pull of when removing the tape. So, if you want a stripe at the top, then I would recommend turning the vase upside down on a flat surface to paint. How you spray the paint evenly to avoid drips on the top rim is another tip I’ll get to here shortly.
I’d like to mention that the directions for the Mirror Effect paint calls for the paint to go on the reverse side of the glass but I did not do that here. The reason is that since I am using it as a flower vase and filling it with water, I thought it would do better on the outside in this case. I will have to wash it on the inside but I’m able to clean it with a microfiber cloth on the outside, so I figured it was less likely to have any damage that way.
Make sure all the edges of the painter’s tape are pressed down against the glass as much as possible so you will have nice clean lines once the tape is removed.
The next step was to clean off my fingerprints from the exposed glass that was about to be spray painted. I washed the entire vase with soapy water before I began but I wasn’t able to do that once the tape was on. I used rubbing alcohol to clean those areas and remove any dirt and oils, but I lightly dampened the cotton ball with alcohol so there was enough to clean the glass but not so much that it would loosen the adhesive on the painter’s tape. Remember, damp! The thing about rubbing alcohol is that it evaporates and there is no wiping dry or rinsing required so I thought that was the best option.
And now the fun part….spray painting! As I was saying above, I have another tip on how to prevent drips…keep the spray paint can away from the vase about 10 inches as you are spraying. It seems it is wasting paint when you spray from that distance but it mists the paint on evenly. Slow and steady wins the race, right? That won’t pile on the paint as fast but you will have better results if you do it that way.
The painter’s tape did a fantastic job…
One step I did not complete, but now wish I had, was applying a thin coat of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Matte Clear for added protection. So far, it has held up very well and I have gone over it a few times with a dry dust cloth and the paint has held up just fine. I will see how it does since I didn’t exactly follow the directions, but really it was just a vase collecting dust under the kitchen sink before the gold mirror effect shined it up and gave it some style!
I think it turned out great and added instant style to a plain ol’ vase! I love gold stripes anyway and this was the perfect addition to my bar cart! If you decide to take on this project I hope you will find it to be as fun and simple as I did!