My cousin and maid of honor, the fair Emmy, recently helped me carry out my first big wedding project. I came upon about 25 bud vases at a stoop sale last summer. They were a total of $20 all together (score!) but since my style and our wedding is going to have a more rustic, antique feel, I wanted to age the vases a bit. The original plan was to antique the glass, I found a couple tutorials here and here. But the art store didn’t have the looking glass spray paint that I needed and the vases were really too thin to spray into. So instead we created textured layers over the glass to make the vases look both older and well, gold-er.
Pretty easy, right? Let’s look at the transformation again.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but I really like how they turned out. The layers of black and silver added a lot of depth and the gold has just the right amount of shine. I think it’ll look great on our navy tablecloths with either hydrangeas or red dahlias. Hooray! One wedding project down, many more to go.
PS. If you try this project and use the looking glass spray, you must spray on the inside of your piece. See the tutorials mentioned above for guidance. I sprayed on the exterior of my pieces using the silver metallic because the vases were too thin – improvised!
Images via Salvaged Grace