Monday, August 4, 2014

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest
After
Before and After; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor
Before
When a sweet friend gave me this urn last Friday and said, "Maybe you can do something with it!", all I could think of was how lovely it could be once painted and refreshed. Although its color was austere, I loved its simplicity and thought it could be perfect for displaying a house plant or (my favorite) coral. And so the painting adventure began!

Paint; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Lining up some acrylic paints, I chose a few that would be pretty for the urn.

Paint color; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

This slate-blue color was a mixture of Folk Art's french blue, italian sage, and medium gray and was used as the base coat.

Base coat paint color; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

To give it a vintage look, I went back and forth between painting the urn with a brush and distressing it with a paper towel. The distressing allowed some of the original black to show through.

Base coat; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest
Top coat; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Once the entire urn had a slate-blue base, I added Folk Art's battleship gray as a top coat. As soon as it was painted on, I took the paper towel again and dabbed it off. This gave the urn lovely highlights and lowlights.

Once it had dried, it was time to decorate!

Blue urn with coral; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

With all the gray-blue accents in my bedroom, I couldn't think of a more perfect place for my refreshed urn to reside. I piled it high with white and blue coral it and set it on a side table.

Painted blue urn with coral; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

The different layers of light gray, slate blue, and black give this piece texture and interest.

Painted blue urn with coral on side table; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Bedroom side table decor; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Add a few neutral colored accessories, such as a shell box, a scented candle, and a matchbox (with a nest on it, of course!), and you have a lovely vignette!

Bedroom table decor; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Coral in a blue urn; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

Side table in bedroom; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest

If you'd like to see where I got my inspiration for this blue urn filled with coral, see one of my recent posts called "Fairytale Chandeliers and Sconces" and scroll down to the last photo.

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and I hope you enjoyed seeing this DIY transformation! 

 

Love,

 












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