For whatever reason, I tend to consider larger dollar amounts drops in the hat, whereas smaller ones (think: $5 here, $15 there) are the weaselly types of things that add up to something astronomical. So, impulse purchasing a $95 Turkish rug off of eBay is hardly a blip on my radar, but the idea of splurging on a tiny, heart-covered $19 vase from West Elm takes 25 minutes of in-store overanalyzing. Happily, for the latter issue, I was able to come up with a solution that only cost me $10 and you can easily nab the look in your own home with DecoArt paint and this $10 lookalike vase, also from West Elm.
- West Elm Pure White “Egg” Ceramic Vase ($10)
- DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Metallic paint in Gold
- Detail paint brush
Since my inspiration vase featured a smattering of metallic gold hearts across its surface, I simply mimicked the look using a tiny bristled paint brush (as opposed to my go-to foam brush) and metallic gold paint. After working my way across the vase, making little heart shapes randomly as I went, I eventually figured out that making two tiny dashes—one starting at the left and angling downwards and to the right, and one starting at the right and angling down and left to meet the end of the other dash—made for the perfect heart.
I left about 1 1/2-inches between each heart to give them breathing room, then allowed the paint to dry for four hours. To finish, I went back over the hearts with paint a second time to make sure that my coverage was good and solid. Then, I let the vase dry overnight and, the next day, filled it with the grocery store carnations that my Valentine gifted me on February 14th.
Isn’t it just sweet as pie? I love the simple graphic detail against all of that white. And I sure am glad to have that extra $9 in my pocket—now to go order a new camera lens…