DIY Gold Dipped Vase

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I don’t know about you but I have at least ten different varieties of clear vases hanging out in our pantry.  A few months ago Brad brought me flowers just because.  Apparently he doesn’t frequent our pantry often because he also went out of his way to buy another vase for the flowers.  I was that wife who was all “You brought home another vase!? Oh, and that was sweet of you to get me flowers, honey.”  I may or may not have received flowers from my husband since this exchange.

So, instead of donating or throwing away all those plain, boring vases, I decided I should spruce them up.  This gold dipped vase project took all of 10-15 minutes and didn’t cost me anything because I already had all the supplies.

I started with a clean, glass vase and painters tape.

I decided to go for a gold dipped look, so I put the tape on the top half of the vase.  Make sure the edge that will meet the paint is sealed to the vase by running your finger over the edge.

Then I grabbed some metallic spray paint and got to work.

Remember when spray painting to go light.  It’s better to have a couple thin layers of paint than to go crazy– that’s when you’ll get drips.  And always, spray paint in a well-ventilated area.  Woot for spray paint weather!

When the vase was dry, I carefully peeled off the tape.

No pretty vase is completely without flowers.  And since Brad is on a flower buying strike, I picked up these gorgeous stargazer lilies and some greenery for myself.  Ladies, there’s no shame in buying yourself flowers.  I do it all the time.  If you follow me on Instagram you know what I’m talking about.

I love how these lilies add a pop of color to my home office, and they smell amazing.  I’m pretty sure they’ve aided in my productivity while working at my desk.

While buying the lilies from my local florist I learned some insightful tips.  First tip: when a lily is starting to look transparent, snip it off and the other blooms on that stem will open.  Second tip: if any of the pollen gets on your clothes don’t rub it in, immediately wash it.  I went ahead and removed the pollen from the lilies before they could get on anything.  I put on some latex gloves and popped off the pollen pieces and put them in the trash.

Looking for some lilies? You can find them at grocery stores, garden centers, and flower shops.

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  1. Love this idea. I actually have the same vase sitting in a Goodwill pile!! And, I have the same paint on hand. Pretty sunny day out, perfect project.
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  2. But doesn’t the smell of the flowers come from the pollen?
    I like the idea of the gold, but don’t like “dipped” decor items. The polka dot one is cute!
    My favorite flower is the bleeding heart and since I have a balcony, I cannot have them. They probably won’t last in a container.
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  3. What a great idea! Did you peel the tape off while the paint was still wet or did you wait until it fully dried?
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  4. Love this! I might try this with the silver metallic spray I have in the garage!

  5. Gold is totally coming back, and in the coolest unexpected ways. Love this !
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  6. Simply gorgeous!

  7. Cute! I love the vase and those flowers are gorgeous!

    I buy my own flowers all the time too. Silly men.
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  8. I’m definitely trying this! What a great idea, Chelsea! I even have all of these things on hand.

    Oooohhh… maybe I’ll get crafty this weekend!

    Thanks for the awesome inspiration!
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  9. What a great way to dress-up a plain glass vase! I’m so pinning this :)
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  10. This is brilliantly easy! I have a million of those generic glass vases and a can of gold spray paint in the garage. Heck, I may even go home and do this on my lunch break!

    Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Ooh, I have so many plain vases just waiting for a solution like this! I love the gold dipped look! Thanks for sharing your cute idea, Chelsea! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)
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  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Beautiful, charming and fun! I’ve been wanting to do this to some of my things too!
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  13. SUCH an improvement over those plain ol’ vases. I have learned never to even remotely criticize Andy’s flower purchases, because I really, really like getting flowers. Fortunately, I still got the message through to him that those ugly, not-found-in-nature colors in grocery store flowers are not my favorite. Simple tulips, daisies or roses will do thankyouverymuch.
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  14. Hello! I am a new reader, really loving your blog, instagram and pinterest! This post makes me have a strong desire to go out and buy vases and spray paint. I haven’t played around with spray paint before but this has definitely inspired me! :)

  15. I too have so many plain vases, but this is such a clever and simple way to change it up. Plus I love the look of gold and I’ve been obsessed lately!

  16. That turned out SO cute!! I also have a million vases in our cabinets. When I was purging items we don’t use in the house, I just couldn’t give them up! I’ll have to try this out!

  17. This is a great idea! I have several plain glass vases laying around begging for this treatment! :)
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  18. Very pretty!! I’m a new Stargazer fan!
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  19. Katie Godwin says:

    I have tons of vases too!!:) cute and easy idea, thanks!

  20. Stunning!! I might just have to try this soon, real soon!
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  21. What a great idea!
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  22. I love this! I also have a whole shelf of vases. I need to try this. It really glamed it up. I love how the candle holder matches. If you get a chance, please link this up to my linky party:
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  23. This is so pretty! I picked up a tall, clear glass beaker the other day at the thrift store and was thinking about “sprucing it up” – maybe this is what I should do!
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  24. FYI lillies are poisonous to cats. I hope some of your readers who have cats don’t run out and buy lillies right away!

  25. Pretty pretty! This is gorgeous!

  26. So simple and so pretty! I love incorporating gold into my decor these days. And I think I have some inexpensive (read: dollar tree) vases around here that could use dressing up!
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  27. Hey Chelsea! I included your gold-dipped vase in my “Lovely Links” post today because I LOVED it. Hope that’s ok! Have a great weekend!

  28. I love this! I have so many vases that I end up either donating to Good Will or randomly shoving somewhere in the house that this would be a great change up. I don’t have any gold in my house – maybe it’s time to jump on the bandwagon to add some sparkle into my house!

  29. I love this! I have so many plain vases laying around. Great idea!
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  30. My husband does exactly the same thing! Every time he buys me flowers, he buys a new glass vase :)
    I’m definitely going to be doing this to spruce up a few of my MANY vases!
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  31. It looks great ! simple yet super ! xo

  32. LOVE this idea! Something to do with a boring florist vase to make it look rich!
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  33. I absolutely love that I had the chance to meet you at SNAP and hang out a bit because I now read your posts completely differently because I can hear you it! You are hilarious and you had me laughing out loud in this post. Oh and these are beautiful and I have an entire collection too :)
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  34. I am so into gold right now and this is so pretty! Nice and simple! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  35. Such a simple but beautiful idea!
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  36. So classy! I love the mix of metallic and glass. Great idea!
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  37. Love these! Fun post!

  38. Absolutely beautiful!!! I do have vases to get rid of, but I may try this instead. Thanks!!!
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  39. So easy and so gorgeous! I love it! And I too also have a crazy amount of vases! I found you from the YHL link up.

  40. One word. Perfection! I love anything gold dipped, the pink flowers look so perfect with the gold :)
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  41. this is so cute. I need more gold in my life!

    // justynn

  42. I love the gold color, but I can’t read the exact color on the can. Is is gold or brass? I’d like to spray paint a metal wall hanging the same color.

  43. Hi Chelsea – I love those vases. I tried this method at Christmas, for presents, but when I washed them, the paint came off. Did I use the wrong spray paint? Is there a special kind for glass. I just bought regular spray paints (gold and silver) from our local hardware store. Any thoughts would be appreciate. Love your blog btw – lots of fun.

  44. I LOVE spray paint. It have saved me so much money over the years (I’ve blogged about it here: )
    I will so have to try this! I’m all about gold these days and have a can of gold spray paint waiting to be used …Thanks for the inspiration!
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  45. I recently used this DIY idea on some vases and I loved the finished result, but I noticed that the spray paint scratches off VERY easily. If the vase rubs up against anything it’ll remove the paint. I used the same spray paint you did. Did you have a similar problem with your vases, and were you able to find a solution?

  46. Gorgeous idea. A little gold goes a long way, and the lilies look great and full in it.

  47. i love this! just did it today, my very first spray paint project~ i found your page on pinterest. i am a stay at home mom and am always looking for low budget projects to do during the day! thanks!

  48. Natalie Perea says:

    Hey!!! LOVE THISSSS so much!!! How did you do the polka dot little vase in the first picture?

  49. Hi Chealsea. Just wanted to let you know that I found your tutorial on Pinterest and it inspired me to try this project on my blog. I credited you for the idea and linked back to your blog. Here’s the post if you’re curious

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