For this month’s thrift store makeover, I chose an over sized vase I’ve had hanging around for several years now. I’ve never used it for anything, because I wasn’t really feeling the color. Although you may think I didn’t change it up at all when you see the “after” below.
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Over Sized Vase Makeover
Obviously, this wasn’t this vase’s first makeover. You can see a hint of the original colors showing through after I did a little sanding to smooth out the rough edges of paint.
I’m sure I didn’t pay full price for this vase. My guess is it was ½ off. But it was so long ago I can’t remember!
Always Clean Thrift Store Items
Because this vase had been hanging around, it had a good amount of dust on it. You can’t spray paint over dust and dirt! I gave it a good bath with the hose, then dried it off with a towel. After which, I let it dry in the sun for good measure.
Sand or Smooth Rough Spots before spray painting
While it was still wet, I used a sanding sponge to hit those spots where the original color was showing through. This helps to soften the edge so when the new spray paint is applied, the edges will be less noticeable.
As I was sanding, I noticed this dark color showing through the makeover painting job someone previously did. That’s the great thing about thrift store makeovers, you can makeover a makeover!! I liked this look, and decided this is what I was going to go for.
Flat Black Spray Paint for Undercoat
In order to achieve that look, I knew I had to do a base coat of black. I chose a flat spray paint because I thought it would adhere to the blue a little better.
Following the directions on the can, I did several very light coats of black spray paint. Again, thinking that many coats would allow me to sand back my top coat and not affect the black spray paint.
Then I posted this picture on facebook asking friends what color I should use as the topcoat. I was mostly leaning towards red or teal/turquoise. There were lots of great ideas, including metallics!
Use Vaseline for Easy Distressing
I decided to go with this pretty teal that I use for my camper accessories. I only had a little left in the can, so it needed to be used on a small project. What’s in that little paper cup? Vaseline!
It’s difficult to see where I have added the vaseline to the black paint, but you will see the areas very soon!
Teal Spray Paint for Topcoat
Using a light coverage and a couple of coats of the Teal paint, I was curious to see if my plan was really going to work!
Rub off Vaseline Areas
Distressing can’t get any easier than this! The areas where the vaseline had been applied, easily wiped off. I waited about 30 minutes after my last coat of teal before using a rag to wipe away the teal paint on the over sized vase.
Large Vase makeover
If you regularly distress with sandpaper, you know how difficult it can be to get just the right amount of reveal. The vaseline trick makes it so much easier!
This view reminds me of a model standing with her hands on her hips! I’m not sure why I didn’t do this over sized vase makeover years ago!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.