Thanks for all your sweet comments and positive feedback about the Restaurant Reveal from Tuesday! Stay tuned for some more detailed tutorials on some of the things I hinted at (artwork, gallery display wall…)! I’m also hoping to share this new house of ours with you next week… we moved in last Friday and the unpacking has been in full force ever since the movers pulled away! I want you to see the early EARLY stages of this whole adventure… nothing on the walls, weird paint colors, furniture plunked wherever… back to square one! But until then, I’m enjoying the little pockets of daffodils that are popping up around the yard and so happy to have this sweet and simple bud vase on hand to bring a bit of spring into this new abode. It cost $2.50 in thrift store glassware, and brightens ANY table.
It all started when I saw these 5 little glass containers (50% off no less…) at Goodwill. (If I’m being honest, lots of things actually start at Goodwill…)
To give the jars a little color, I started by taping off the top portion and giving the lower edge a coat of Rustoleum’s Key Lime Green Gloss spray paint.
In an ideal world, I would have foraged some beautiful raw piece of wood, sliced it into the perfect size and used that for the base. But… my world is filled with cardboard. So I looked in my wood stash and grabbed a board that looked like the right size.
I used my sander to really take down and round the corners to soften the whole thing. And then I reached for my go to ‘stain’: white vinegar and steel wool. It’s a flat aged gray that I love and it’s a fraction of the cost hassle of store-bought stain. There’s not a technical term for it, but ‘leaving well enough alone’ is not something I’m very good at. So I painted the sides of the board with Antibes Green Annie Sloan chalk paint.
These jars are square so I didn’t even attempt to cut out a hole for them *in* the board. Instead I used the heaviest epoxy I had on hand. Following the directions on the package (being careful of fumes, etc.) these were sturdy and ready to go in an hour!
I love the way that edge of color echoes the stripe of color on the vases. I also love that the green is a different shade… to me it adds some richness and depth.
This is already one of my favorite spring additions. These pictures remind me of our fully finished and pulled together dining room at the old house, but the bud vase looks just as festive at the new place!
I’ll post a full ‘tour’ of the new place next week, but feel free to read the sneak peek I posted a couple of weeks ago!
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