DIY Splatter Vase (and a Trick for Grocery Store Roses!)

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When I was leaning over the paint counter, thinking about what colors I’d like to add to my bedroom, I thought an oxblood red would be the perfect balance to the new green lamps and the Knoxville Gray walls. I usually have something of every color in my extra tchotchkes/accessories closet (we all have one, right?), but this time I was coming up a little short in the oxblood red department.
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So I swung by the craft store and picked up a plain, clear glass vase for about $3. They have these vases everywhere – even the grocery store. And they make the perfect base for customizing (hello! – great gift idea!). Here’s the how-to:

I wanted a splatter pattern on my vase, so for the first layer, I grabbed a bottle of black nail polish and sort of carefully whacked the brush around the rim of the vase.

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This enamel spray paint from Rustoleum is the perfect color of oxblood. It so glossy and deep – love it.
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I wrapped the outside of the vase with a grocery bag and sealed it up with painters tape along the top edges of the rim
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Then I sprayed the inside of the vase with the red color. Don’t go too heavy with the paint here. You want to coat all the glass evenly, but it looks prettier if the light can still get through the layer of paint.
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Just like Christmas morning!
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The oxblood pairs so well with the pinks and purples in my favorite lady portrait and in the pink grocery store roses.
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Also, here’s a little trick for getting cheap $10/dozen bodega roses to look more like garden roses.
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To loosen the buds a little, put them in some warm water for an hour or two and then use your fingers to help them open a little more. If you put your fingers in a pinching position and sort of spread them from the center of the bud, they’ll open up beautifully! And if you do it gently, there won’t be any damage to the petals. Also I think they live just as long as before this way, especially if you’re good about changing the water every other day or so. I can usually get my flowers to last about two weeks that way.
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The roses are so much more pretty this way, don’t you think? Hard to beat $10 for a pretty arrangement that last for weeks!
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Oh, and some of you were asking about our flip clock. It was anΒ Amazon purchase! Takes some work to get it going, but it’s cute and fun!

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  1. Thanks, friends!

    Jamie – You don't need to clear coat over this paint because the enamel is oil-based. Forgot to mention that part in the post. Thanks for asking!
    xo

  2. I wouldn't have guessed the vase was spray painted. It turned out great! I'll have to try your trick with grocery store roses next time. They look so pretty.

  3. Jamie

    Do you protect the spray paint with a clear coat of poly? I was worried that the water would peel back some of the paint? Looks fantastic!

  4. Erin

    You are a wizard. Seriously, you always have the greatest DIY projects!

  5. I love how the vase turned out! I am not normally a fan of red, but you are totally right about it rounding out the look. Your blog makes me so happy!

    poshpurpose.blogspot.com

  6. Jenny

    Thanks, friends!

    Jamie – You don't need to clear coat over this paint because the enamel is oil-based. Forgot to mention that part in the post. Thanks for asking!
    xo

  7. tag

    This all looks great! I want to know about your cell phone case too :)

  8. tag

    This all looks great! I want to know about your cell phone case too :)

  9. Dee

    This looks like a project. I have a lot of clear vases that would be perfect for this DIY.

    Thanks!
    dee@delolovesdesign.com

  10. LisaM

    Love this! What a fantastic idea.

  11. Alexa

    Oh my gosh. It turned out so well!

  12. Liz

    Where is the diving motel print from? I so want it!

  13. Emily Zimmerman

    Jenny I love this DIY project! You are amazing! I thought that red vase was a high end vase, I had no idea it was your DIY! You always leave me in awe! I love to check your blog everyday to see what new post you have to inspire me! I love your posts! Keep them coming!

  14. Lori

    Your ability to mix color is so incredible! Is that design school learned or just intuitive? I would love to see a post on how to build a color story. Thanks for the constant inspiration and learning :)

  15. You are so clever! Such a cute vase and thanks for the tip for roses!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  16. This vignette is one of my favorites of all time. I was wondering what process you used for that vase! I thought that it might have been a DIY after your kitchen desk project (in which everything was GENIUS). Thanks for sharing! A similar process would be pretty with those plain glass ornaments you can buy to decorate/fill yourself (although I think you'd have to use a paintbrush bc the opening is too small for spray paint).

  17. Anonymous

    Could you please share the name of the color and where you purchased it? Would save me (maybe others) so much time during this busy season. And I do intend to use that color on something for my home. Thank you!

  18. What a fun DIY project! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try that rose tip too….

    Happy Tuesday!

    Ivy

  19. Hi Jenny,

    I've been following your blog for awhile and I really appreciate your taste. I've been remodeling a boarded up home for the past several months and I'd love your input on our living room. Do you do e-design, or how do you work with clients long distance?

    Thanks!
    Laura

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  21. I have the same tortoise shell phone case, my life is complete!!

  22. Linda

    Jenny, love this vase! As for the roses, do you mean to immerse the roses in warm water or only the stems?

  23. Linda

    Jenny, love this vase! As for the roses, do you mean to immerse the roses in warm water or only the stems?

  24. The Wishbone Walnut Chair (or 6) will soon be living with me!

  25. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing! So simple, and I love the potential to come up with lots of different variations.

  26. Such a good idea! Think you've given me the inspiration I needed for a table centre piece. Thanks!

  27. Alissa

    This is amazing! What is the name of the Rustoleum color shade?

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