I am desperate to get my home decorated. Right now it is just the basic furniture. But it needs color, personality and personal touches. Oh. And a light. My living room really needs a light. Reading my US Weekly by the glow of the TV is not the best way to read the news. My husband and I are going to have to agree on a light so I keep putting that decision off. I really want to stay married. But I have started adding bits and bobs here and there to add color. But I like to personalize things. So I added hot pink to this traditional blue and white floral vase. Not rocket science. I certainly didn't invent color dipping, but I do love the effect.
I am a little bit obsessed with Hobby Lobby. Partially because I don't have one that close to me so every time I go I find something totally new to me. And partially because they always are having ridiculous sales on a ton of different items. On the last trip I saw this vase (on sale, what what!) and knew I had to have it. And knew it needed to have pink. And because I know my DIY skill level, if I screwed up the paint, I wouldn't feel bad about tossing it. Or breaking it and making it in to some sort of mosaic something or other.
So I taped off the bottom, covered the top and painted it. I did two coats of a white primer to make sure the floral pattern wouldn't show through. Then hit it with my fave neon pink. Of course I let each coat dry before I painted the next one. Thank goodness it was a really warm day because I am very impatient and really wanted it to be done in one day. Quick tip about the tape: Use a credit card to smooth down the edge against the vase to ensure a crisp line. I've always skipped this part in the past, you know, on account of my laziness but it really does make a difference!
And I totally love how it came out. I'm not sure where it will go just yet. I am in need of a new side table, a new media console, a new buffet or styled bench seat and a decorated mantle…Or maybe it will go in my bedroom. Or maybe I'll make 15 more of them and they will be all over my house and it will look like a crazy person lives there.
Do you love the navy and neon as much as I do?! Dang it, this little vase makes me so happy. So do my neighbor's bouganvilla. You know you have the right neighbor when you go running to her house in your jammies and say quick I need flowers for this silly little vase I just made and need to take pictures of and she drops what she is doing to cut off all her flowers for you. Thanks, Lori!