Monday, April 30, 2012

Easy Way to Bring Spring into Your Apartment!

Welcome to the NEW Home Living Column at Haverkamp Properties- Where you will find fun home living ideas about how to make your apartment feel just a little more like a home. Here’s to our first post! If you like to paint, this is a really fun project for you!  If you are like me and can never have enough color, double plus! With Spring here, these easy DIY enamel painted vases can bring in any kind of color you like! With this quick Martha Stewart tutorial and a trip to the Dollar Store or use some recycled glass jar, you can have a color new look to spring up your apartment.

Supplies: Three different sized vases from the Dollar Store or recycled glass jars, dishwasher safe PermEnamel paint in Mediterranean Blue and White (or whatever color you prefer), PermEnamel Surface Conditioner from Michaels Arts and Crafts store, paper towels, paint brush and a mixing bowl.
Directions: 1. Clean the vases with hot, soapy water.2. When they are completely dry, pour some surface conditioner in and cover the inside of the vase. Pour out the excess and let the vase dry.3. Get the exact color you envision by mixing your PermEnamel paints in a mixing bowl, then pour inside the vase.4. Paint the inside of the glass using the paint brush to cover the inside surface.5. Once the vase is painted, lay it on a paper towel to let the thick paint drip off. You will be amazed at how much comes out! The longer it’s upside down, the thinner the coating will be. I liked the thicker look so I only kept it upside down only for a few minutes.6. Turn the vase back over and touch up the drips inside. Every fifteen minutes you can even out the thickness on the bottom of the vase as the paint will start to collect.7. Let these dry over night and in the morning you should have a beautiful decor vase!
Have Fun!