I love sparkly things as much as the next girl, but cut crystal has never floated my boat. It’s just a bit too fancy for our not-so-fancy lifestyle. But the designs cut into the crystal are beautiful, and that is what I wanted to showcase with this quick and easy project.
This vase, which I believe was a wedding gift, was stuck on a shelf and forgotten. Now it will have a new life with help from some isopropyl alcohol and spray paint!
Wipe down the vase with isopropyl alcohol, making sure to get all the dust out of the facets. Then place the vase on a paper bag or any other smooth surface that will protect the floor but not make marks on the bottom of the vase when it’s painted. In a previous project, I spray painted some picture frames on a sheet of styrofoam, and it left little bumps in the paint when I flipped it over to spray the other side!
I used Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover spray paint in Sun Yellow. Our main bathroom is mostly black and white with pops of yellow. I had been looking for something bright yellow to place on the shelf next to the medicine cabinet that didn’t take up much room. This color was just what I was looking for!
You want to apply the spray paint in VERY light coats, making sure to also get the underside of the facets. If you go too heavy with the paint, it will fill in the facets and drip.
I started with the vase upside down for the first two coats, then flipped it over and did two more coats right side up. If you see any grayish spots, hit it with some more paint until the entire vase is opaque.
Allow it to dry overnight, then place it in your room and enjoy! I’m looking forward to painting a lot more crystal and glass in the future. My grandmother’s candy dish is somewhere in the basement and will eventually be getting a nice coat of aqua paint (sorry Mom!) Thrift stores are also a great place to find interesting pieces that just need a little color to make them shine.
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