- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Well…. I posted a while ago for opinions on DIYing pedestal bowls for our centerpieces.
You can see the original thread here.
The inspiration for this project were the following photos (found on pinterest).
We’d love for our centerpieces to look exactly.like.the.one.above. Those flowers are gorgeous!
I wanted to recreate the turquoise vintage glass compote pictured in the first photo, without spending $15+ and countless hours searching for turquoise glass compote bowls.
I decided to try out glass candlesticks and glass cut bowls from the Dollar Tree (the bowls aren’t available online, I had to hit up local stores for those, but the candlesticks are!).
Each of these items was $1.00.
I bought Martha Stewart Glass Paints in a variety of blue colors (my plan was to use frosted glass spray paint over the glass paint but I haven’t gotten that far yet, more on that later…)
The method I used at first was painting with a brush, but it left the paint VERY streaky. I thought maybe after heating the paint (it needs to be oven cured) it would work that out, but it didn’t.
This first picture shows an opaque color that I’m not 100% sure about yet. The color in the photo above is more frosty transleuscent, but I cannot.achieve.that.color! (Frustration!) The color is also a bit lighter than the above photo. Side note on the streakyness: After a few failed attempts I invested in the martha stewart glass paint spray kit (converts any paint into a spray paint, which provides much more even coverage…. more on that later)
Also, I’m not sure why the photo is coming out sideways…..
I tried some of the transleuscent paints as well, but they give way too little coverage:
(The above image is very streaky, this was applied with a brush.)
The paint in the photo above was applied with the Martha Stewart Glass Paint Spray Kit. It worked great, provided even coverage, until it broke and stopped spraying after using it on one bowl. My mom is trying to exchange it (we threw away the receipt) but it was quite expensive ($25 at Michaels, but I bought it with a 50% off coupon, making it around $12…) If it lasts I could likely spray at least 5 or 6 with the kit, adding about $2 per bowl to the grand total. But if it doesn’t work or if we need to buy multiple kits it brings our price way up.
After various forms of frustration on painting the bowls (streaks, broken spray kit, not finding the *perfect* color and transleuscency) I decided to just silicone some of the clear pieces together, and I quite like the way they look.
We tried some of them with 1 candlestick underneath to make “short” centerpieces….
And some of them with 2 candlesticks for “tall” centerpieces.
(Sorry again, sideways!!)
Thoughts? Keep at the coloring (I’d likely do the opaque light blue bowls — maybe find some way to make the opaque paint a little less opaque??), go with crystal clear pieces and save time, money, and frustration?
How will it look with flowers inside?