Friday, May 13, 2011

Floating Vase

Our master bathroom is a work in progress. The previous owner painted the walls a pale greenish-grey color, and I can't decide if I love it or hate it. I am painfully indecisive so who knows when, or if, I'll change it. Either way, last week I got tired of staring at the stark walls and started decorating. I wanted to do an inexpensive DIY project, and found a great Floating Vase tutorial on one of my favorite blogs - Cupcakes and Cashmere. For the most part, I followed Emily's instructions, but I did make a couple of modifications.

Here is what I did:

(1) I went to Home Depot and found a 'poster board' size piece of 1/2" plywood and had them trim the piece down to "14x11". (The wood cost about $5, and they will cut it to size for free!) Next, I used our left-over white trim paint to give the wood a shabby chic look. I was nervous it was just going to look a whole lot of shabby and not so much chic, but I think it turned out nice.

(2) After the paint dried,  I positioned my vase (an empty pickle jar) on the board to figure out where I wanted it to hang. When I got it centered, I drilled two holes on each side of the jar.

(3) Next, I wrapped hanging wire around the top of the jar and laced the wire through the holes. I tied the ends in a knot and clipped the excess wire.

(4) After that, I screwed two wall hooks to the back of the wood. (I found a Hanging Kit that included the wire and hooks for around $3.) It is nearly impossible for me to get a picture level when I use two hooks, so I threaded the hooks with hanging wire and just used one nail to hang the Floating Vase.

(5) Finally, I added some pretty flowers. I know myself, and I will not take the time to add fresh flowers to the vase every week. I found these artificial blue hydrangeas for $2 at Walmart.

 Excluding the time it takes for the paint to dry, this only took about 30 minutes to complete. That and the fact that it only cost me about $10 made this little project one of my favorites.

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