I have been so busy with furniture makeovers at the moment that it is hard to find the time for other things, but now that Christmas is getting closer I am intentionally slowing down so that I can focus on Christmas projects and enjoying this season. I am going to be involved in a Christmas Blog Hop with other talented bloggers this year so I have already started to decorate my home so I can take a million pictures of my Christmas Decor…..I am so excited to share it with you! I have several DIY projects I am working on for our home that I will be blogging about and some I will be doing just to have some fun time with my daughter….we love doing arty-crafty stuff together and this is the perfect excuse.
Today I am sharing a really simple but beautiful upcycled centerpiece which you can use for your Christmas Table, Thanksgiving Table or just that special dinner with friends. To create this you need to do a little thrift store shopping……you are looking for crystal or glassware (I bought both glasses and vases) that are large enough for a tealight candle and have some texture on the outside. You can see below the ones I managed to find – most of these have texture, they ranged in price from 50c to $2 each so it really is an inexpensive project. I also chose ones with varying heights as I wanted small and larger ones mixed together. You could also do this with all the same type and have a more uniformed look.
To create the look I achieved you will need: paint brush, antique brass spray paint, white chalk paint, paper towel & masking tape.
Make sure you glassware and crystal are all clean first before doing anything else. First you need to mask off all the areas you DON’T want to spray paint which for me were the outside. I left some stems of glasses to be spray painted plus the silver parts that ones I bought had.
I wanted to create a faux mercury glass look on the inside and on the stems of the crystal and glassware so I just looked up a tutorial on Pinterest on how to create a faux mercury glass look, there are so many out there so there really is no need for me to rehash it all. The one I followed was this one. The difference is I used Antique Brass spray paint and only did one coat.
You could just leave them like that and it would look really beautiful but I took it one step further as I wanted to bring out all the texture on the outside. With white chalkpaint I covered all the texture, making sure to get in the grooves.
Then I let it dry for a minute or two before using the paper towel to rub the paint off all the high points and leaving the paint in the grooves.
I left the paint to dry completely before buffing the high points one more time to remove and residual paint. Then you place tealights inside and place them on a tray……
I also made the tray which I will show you how to create in a separate post as I made this small version and I am planning a larger version as well to hold some hurricane vases.
I am thrilled with how it turned out and I can’t wait to share it as part of my Christmas Tour this year. I think this is such a great contemporary use of outdated crystal and glassware that is overlooked in thrift stores. I love taking unexpected items like this and re-purposing them into something that looks high-end. You also do this in a much larger scale that runs the length of a table…..home good would this look at a wedding? Do you think this is something you would create for your table?