Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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……

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Crystal Centerpiece perfect for your Christmas or Thanksgiving Table

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?

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  • Teri - November 19, 2015 - 11:57 pm

    Puurrrrty!ReplyCancel

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  • Darrielle Tennenbuam - November 14, 2015 - 1:33 am

    Gorgeous and you make it look easy and beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:21 am

      Thanks Darrielle! It was super easy to make and I am so pleased with how it turned out! It’s great when a project turns out looking better than you expected!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - November 13, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Gilly, you are so creative. Those came out great…they look very upscale. They are so perfect for Christmas. I may give these a try…has to be easier than my failed green/blue painting!
    Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:24 am

      Thanks Marigene! Haha! I doubt your painting was as bad as you think! Do you want mine? I am not using it and I have just stored it, I would love for it to go to a good home. If you want you can email me and I can ship it to you. gilly@coloursaturated.comReplyCancel

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