I found these adorable pitchers at the Goodwill. I love shopping there for accessories. I don’t buy a lot of furniture there because it is way overpriced.
I love the bronze/copper finish, but I thought it was just a little too much. I though it needed some pink. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I love pink. Pink is my favorite color. When my daughter was little, her entire room was pink, pink wall, pink bedding, pink toy box, pink bed…you get the idea. I don’t paint a lot of furniture pink, but accessories are fair game! So when I saw these pitchers, well, I knew they would be coming home with me.
If you remember my last post Poppy’s Paint Powder Review & a French Provincial Nightstand, I said I would be doing something metallic. These pitchers are aluminum and the paint I chose to use is a pink metallic by Ralph Lauren.
I mixed up my Poppies and added it to my metallic paint. Just like last time the coverage was great! I wasn’t careful with how I put it on because I wanted a shabby chicish look. The above picture is after one coat of the metallic pink. I love how it looks!
I decided I really liked how it looked with only one coat, but I didn’t want them to look the same. Soooo….being me, I decided to paint a second coat on the swirly one. Before I did that, I took some Vaseline and rubbed it along the design so the paint wouldn’t stick too much. Can you see how the paint pulled away from the design? I wiped off the Vaseline with a damp rag and then took a 600 grit sand sponge, that’s just what I had near me, you could use any grit higher than 150. I lightly sanded so the bronze/copper color would just peek through.
It’s really hard to tell from the pictures, but you can really see the depth and the pink just shimmers. And, of course, pink & bronze or pink & copper really work well together.
Again, I was impressed with Poppies. I did not sand before I put the paint on to the aluminum pitcher. Just slapped it on and it is holding up very well, in fact, it was a little difficult to sand the paint off with the 600 grit. I am so impressed with the adhesion, I’m not putting any type of sealer on this one!
I decided the pitchers looked a little plain. I had some burlap on hand and quickly (like 10 minutes) made some burlap flowers, super easy tutorial here. I cut a strip of burlap, wrapped it around the top and hot glued the ends. Then I hot glued all of my burlap flowers on to the strip of burlap. I purposely put the flowers off center. It think it looks cuter. Here’s a great tutorial for how to cut burlap straight.
I’m not sure I like the leaves with the flowers or maybe it’s just how dark they are. Maybe I will make some tulle leaves, just to soften the look more. What do you think?
I just couldn’t resist putting some beautiful white tulips in the pitcher. I think it looks so pretty. This project took me less than two hours total and that’s because I had to make dinner while I was doing it. Oh…and wait for the paint to dry. Do you have any of these pitchers laying around? Do you want to transform them for spring?
Get a little paint and go for it!!