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White ceramic vase makeover

10:46 AM

Can you believe we are in November already? No, Seriously! I am still stuck somewhere in August or September before the festive season really started. Once again I got sucked into that vortex only to find myself a few days away from Diwali (10 days, but who's counting anyway).

As usual at this time of the year, I find myself wanting to spruce up, upgrade and prettify all I can at home and I had this fine but quite boring white vase for a while.
This vase was a prize I won in a contest a few years ago. It's elegant, minimalistic and modern and in all fairness, quite pretty. The problem is that I don't really do minimalistic and whatever item that fits that label tend to fade in my decor.
This vase is far too white, and too "blah" for my taste. I don't know about you, but it feels like it is one step short of being complete. I always felt there was something missing to it.
I used those pretty crystal stickers and an acrylic paint marker (pardon the blurry picture, I worked on this one at night and I was too absorbed to go grab the DSLR).
Using a paint marker, you'll need to remember to shake the marker regularly and press the tip to bring more paint out.
The paint dries quickly but you may want to work on one segment for a while before rotating the vase. So that whatever paint that comes in contact with the working surface down the line is properly dry when it does. Don't worry though, it is totally possible to do it in one sitting.
This vase usually stays in my very dark (and un-photogenic) hallway, and it sometimes migrate to the study for a change of scenery (I hear it is quite happy there). Because the study (aka the office) is a giant mess at the moment, and not very picture ready, I moved it just for the picture to my living room.
At this point, my next project might as well be to just clean the study before Diwali comes upon us. I keep saying we should tackle it over the weekend, but that is before said weekends become choc-a-block full with activities.

Oh well, at least the vase is now pretty and fits my style and decor!

14 comments

  1. That looks awesome! A serious upgrade to the plain white vase. It seems like it would be a relatively quick project to start and finish. =)

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    1. All in all I think I spent an hour at maximum on this one so it is definitely a quick project. Not to mention simple enough and non messy.

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  2. Wow, Cyn!
    My seasonal decorating has been a Kashmiri engraved copper bowl of fresh persimmons on the coffee table in the living room & a white Meissner bowl of fresh golden apples on the dining table.
    I'm trying to teach myself to do free hand mehendi, it's not as easy as it looks.

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    1. I tried free hand mehendi a few years back, definitely not easy at all. I love decorating with fruits, it's probably the most affordable and useful kind of decor, and by the time you are bored with it, it is probably half gone already. Not to mention that fruit seasons are all so short that you get to display new things all the time.

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    2. Anonymous9:54 PM

      it is beautiful. how do u manage pull these things off?? i have no words. There is a similar form of pottery art which uses blue colour to make intricate designs on ceramic vessels. I think it is done in rajasthan. I think it is called blue pottery, not very sure brought to India from central Asia.

      talking about mehndi art, the mehndiwallas were in great demand on karva chauth. One hand of mehndi was a whooping rs.2000/- . women had appointments fixed in advance. quiet a mad rush but it is also hard work.

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    3. Yeah I can only imagine the money the mehendiwallas were making that day. i don't celebrate the festival myself.

      I think the blue paint on pottery might have come from China. It is also very popular across Europe and the Delft Ceramics from the city of the same name in the Netherlands are world famous as well.

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  3. Anonymous6:50 PM

    why don't you try something with mehndi. It could work on paper as it leaves a strain. not sure about wood. It could be a new experiment.

    at my own peril I am again making a suggestion. just a thought crossed my mind. crazy thought.

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    1. I have a friend who does Mehendi on canvas, quite amazing. I might give it a try one day.

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    2. I was looking at these for inspiration-
      http://365days2simplicity.blogspot.com/2012/10/sharpie-lampshade.html?m=1
      http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/hand-painted-lamp-shade-how-to/

      And the turquoise lamp on here-
      http://yesmissy.com/diy-sharpie-crafts-creations/


      I don't actually own a lamp shade at this time, I was trying to draw a mehendi inspired pattern to embroider on cloth for some throw pillows. Maybe rangoli stencils are the way to go as I don't like any of my drawings?

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    3. I think there are also mehendi patterns you can find online and can use to make a template. And I love that turquoise lamp in the last link, this would feel right at home in my home :-)

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  4. Hi, Cynthia! I have weakness about vases, and yours is divine!! You made me laugh while I imagined yourself moving the vase around the house looking for the perfect spot to picture, I thought that only happened to me ;-)
    Thanks for sharing it at #2usestuesday
    Hugs,

    Pili

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    1. Hi Pili thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. This scenario plays in my home very often, glad to hear I am not the only one looking for that picture perfect spot all the time :-)

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  5. Anonymous11:29 AM

    That is a lovely upcycling ! (Padparadscha)

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    1. Thank you. We are planning to decorate old jars with stickers this weekend and turn them into lanterns for Diwali.

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