DIY – Dipped Vase

I fell in love with the dipped vase the second I saw it on some of the leading interior design social accounts – professionals such as Studio McGee and Monika Hibbs have been styling centrepieces and floating shelves with dipped vases for quite some time. I love the clean and simple design and how versatile these vases are – they look just as nice empty as they do filled with flowers.

The one downfall – these ready made vases retail for anywhere between $150 and $250. While I like to think that I am able to appreciate the beauty and value of home decor pieces, I also really like to change things up fairly often, so I couldn’t justify spending so much on a vase. But where there is a will, there is a way; hence why I decided to make my own!

Let me start off by saying that if you’re looking for a truly beginner DIY project, this is it! The investment for supplies is small, the time it takes to create the look is minimal and, on a scale of simple to difficult, this one is E-A-S-Y!

SUPPLIES:

  1. Spray paint [I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White ($13)]
  2. Painter’s tape
  3. Plastic food wrap
  4. Glass vase [I used Ikea Begarlig Vase ($23) and Ikea 365+ Jar ($7)]

STEPS TO SUCCESS:

  1. Make sure your vase is clean and dry (remove any stickers and residue).
  2. Measure how thick you want your dipped portion to be. For this vase, I dipped the bottom one-third. TIP: Use a pencil to mark off where you want to have your line on several spots around the vase, so that you can tape the line evenly throughout.
  3. Tape around, pressing firmly to ensure no air gaps.
  4. Cover top portion of vase with plastic food wrap. Make sure it overlaps, but does not pass, the painter’s tape. Secure the food wrap with more painter’s tape, pressing firmly to ensure full adhesion.
  5. Make sure you have enough space around the vase to be able to move as you spray. TIP: You want to move the paint bottle back and forth as you spray and be sure to spray lightly. It is better to repeat this step several times than to spray too much at once because that will lead to drips in the paint.
  6. Let dry – approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Repeat until you reach the desired color – I did 3 rounds of spray paint.
  8. Allow paint to dry completely – 2 to 3 hours – before removing tape and plastic.
  9. If there is any “bleeding” from removing the tape, use a cotton swab (a Q-tip for my Canadian friends!) dipped in nail polish remover to take off any excess paint.
  10. Fill with beautiful flowers or leave empty and ENJOY!
TA-DA!!!

This is such a simple project with endless possibilities. You don’t need to do a straight line, a diagonal one would also look great! You can use a different paint colour to change things up (I’m thinking of making a burgundy or deep army green one for my Fall decor). And, best of all, you’re not limited to the shape and size of the vase – make a few different ones for a layered look!

I love how mine turned out and appreciate them even more knowing that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make these – would love to see your creation!

Welcoming Baby #2 into a Rental

It’s so true what people say – you really do “plan” less for your second child.

I was four months pregnant with Theo when we moved into our last home. By that time, I had already mentally designed his nursery and we had a painter in the house in the first week to paint his room. A month later, we had a carpenter there to build his custom closet. By the time I was six months pregnant, the whole space was basically ready for him.

Baby #2 has been a completely different story. Of course, the circumstances are different now. We found out we were pregnant almost immediately after selling our home and purchasing the land, so we knew that this baby would likely spend his/her first year in our rental home. For me, it also meant that I wouldn’t be able to design a traditional nursery (although I am designing an entire house, so my creative juices are still flowing…).

But just because I can’t welcome Baby #2 into a meticulously laid out nursery doesn’t mean he/she won’t have a space of their own in our little rental. The baby will be in our room for the first little while, so we’ve moved Theo into his big boy bed and the crib is now by my bedside. Eventually, the guest room will double as the baby’s room so the baby could have his/her own room.

The one focus I have had in planning this space is to try, as much as possible, to buy things that have multiple uses. For example, since we are short on space, we removed the sliding closet doors from the guest room and have turned it into the baby’s make-shift closet with the Ikea Jonaxel storage systems that I plan on using in our future closets at the next house.

We learned with Theo that babies need to be changed a lot at first and we didn’t always rush to the change table in his room to change him; so, this time around, we omitted the dresser/change table (also in part because there is no room) and are setting up a couple of the Ikea Raskog utility carts instead. Later on, these can double as art and crafts carts for the kids… We’ll just change and dress the baby on the bed or couch or floor, much like we ended up doing with Theo anyway.

Ultimately, although I feel a little guilty that I am not giving Baby #2 the same house welcoming as we did for Theo, I’m choosing to see this as a positive in the long run. The reality is, by the time Theo was approaching his second birthday, I was already thinking of ways to change his room to move away from the “nursery” feel towards the “boy-room” feel. The way I see it, since we’re not finding out the gender of our current baby, not being able to design a nursery now will give me more time to design a “boy- or girl-room” for when we move into our Custom Home.