Garage Sale Metal Vase Upcycled for Christmas Greenery

October 27, 2017

This large metal vase was one of my August Finds at a garage sale.  

After washing the vase, I painted it with two coats of Chalked Light Tint Base Paint, mixed in Chiffon Cream.   You could also spray the vase with Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray  prior to painting to prevent rust or bleed through.  You could also use a Chalked Spray Paint.

Here I am taping the tree stencil from *Old Sign Stencils You Cut Tree Farm collection.  I used Waverly Moss Mineral Paint for the tree stencil from Walmart.  I have the stencil taped down with blue painters tape but you will need to hold it down tight when stenciling on curves.

I added two more trees by flipping the stencil over and inverting the stencil.  Then I stenciled "You Cut" with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black.  I then added two more trees in the forefront with the tree stencil using Waverly Mineral Paint in Celery.

The star I added was from the Old Sign Stencils Christmas Graphics stencil.  I used Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Opaque Yellow for the star.

I sealed the vase with Varathane Crystal Clear Water-Based Polyurethane Satin Finish.  This is the bleed through or rust that sometimes happens with light colored chalk paint or Fusion Mineral Paint too.  I don't want this look with furniture, but for a rustic metal vase, I don't mind.  It looks like rust or antiquing.  

You can use a couple coats of the shellac to prevent this, or I sometimes use a coat of a black flat enamel or satin as a base coat before my chalk paint.  This works as well.

Garage Sale Metal Vase Upcycled for Christmas Greenery
NO staging necessary here in northern Minnesota!  We have snow today.

Garage Sale Metal Vase Upcycled for Christmas Greenery
I ended up added the $15 with a number stencil from Darice.

Garage Sale Metal Vase Upcycled for Christmas Greenery

Framed Christmas Sign with Old Sign Stencils
I also used the You Cut Tree farm stencil on a recent sign project.

Items from my August Finds post that have been upcycled or used already:

Adding Farmhouse Style to a Garage Sale Shelf

Safety Grater to Pumpkin/Jack o'Lantern Decor

Pumpkins Displayed in Wire Basket
The wire basket on legs is now holding pumpkins on my fall covered patio. 

Thrift Shop Pig Cutting Boards in a CD Crate (Pen)
The pig cutting boards were darkened up to look old and corralled in a pen.

Upcycled vintage wooden desk tray
An old desk tray gets a makeover with paint and stencils.

Rummage Sale Framed Prints to Framed Signs
Garage sale framed prints were painted and stenciled as signs.

Upcycled Garage Sale Stool
A garage sale stool went from blah to fun!
*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Turned out super cute. Love the bleed though.

  2. This looks beautiful!


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