Last week, I had one of those projects where the idea came from out of nowhere, I thought it would be super cute (and free to boot), and it was something I hadn’t attempted before, so I got myself excited.
I should have known it wouldn’t work. Really, I should have. But I tried it anyways – because it was free! What if it DID work? I just had to see.
It all started with a vase. You know the one. The kind you get for free from your local grocery store when you buy a few cheap flowers. The kind that doesn’t really go with any decor in your house but you never throw it away because what if you could use it someday? Yeah, that one.
The vase had been sitting around my house for a couple of week when I decided to see if I could do anything about it. I didn’t have any glass paint (foreshadowing!) but I have a crazy surplus of random paint left over from other projects, so I knew it couldn’t hurt to try to use something else.
I settled on (what else?) yellow left over from testing colors on our doors.
My genius plan was to try to paint the inside of the vase, so that it had a sort of milk glass effect, but instead of white it would be a punchy yellow. Fun, right?
Only it wasn’t.
I started by just pouring paint into the vase, like so:
Then, I poured the paint back out of the vase (and into the original container, of course – can’t waste any of my precious yellow paint!), twisting the vase as I went to make sure that the entire surface got covered.
And soon, I had this:
It looks awesome, right? Exactly the effect I was going for! So, I happily plopped the vase down on our mantle to dry overnight and didn’t give it a second thought.
Until I came back downstairs the next morning.
And saw this:
The paint had all dripped back down the vase and pooled at the bottom. Some of it had stuck, though, so I thought it wouldn’t be a huge deal. I grabbed the vase and repeated the process I had done the day before, without adding any more paint. I just stood next to the trash can (at this point I wasn’t so worried about wasting the paint), and poured the paint back out, twisting as I went. I got the vase covered once again, and got quite a bit of the excess paint out, and I let it sit overnight again.
The next morning? Same problem.
Frustrated, I let the vase sit for a few more days, until I decided I’d give it one last ditch effort before throwing it out – I took the vase out to our already-covered-in-paint patio table and set it upside down. All of the paint wanted to flow downwards, so I figured I could get the excess paint out, cover the inside in the process, and surely after almost a week the majority of it would be dry, right?
WRONG. I came out the next morning and I had the exact same problem, only at the bottom of the vase now instead of the top. And after letting it sit for another day or two, here’s how it ended up looking:
Not exactly the look I was going for.
I tossed the vase and took it as a lesson learned – if you’re painting glass, use the proper paint. It doesn’t sound like a complicated lesson, but apparently I needed to learn it the hard way.
Have you ever thought you had a brilliant idea, only to have it totally fail on you?
Be sure to check back tomorrow – I’m tossing in a bonus to my usual three posts per week, and I can’t wait for you to see all I have to share!