Monday, October 10, 2011
Lacquered jewelry bowls
I love collecting little keepsakes on my vanity, a silver tray for necklaces and perfumes, red leather boxes and a few candles to keep everything scented nicely, but I am always in the mood to switch things up a bit as well. The look of bowls holding an assortment of jeweled, sparkly things is one of my favorite home decor touches. The slightly mismatched feel has a wonderfully eclectic quality and instead of buying a pre-made ceramic holder, I decided to craft a few myself. Using a few metallic and vibrant paints, tape, and a finishing gloss, I created the perfect jewelry holders with a touch of playful shimmer and a good dose of color.
1. Pick thin ceramic bowls, not too deep, and in a small to medium size. Wash and dry to remove any dust.
2.Select a few colors that look good together (I went with a sunny glitter, metallic gold paint, and turquoise to match)
3. Tape off the section that you want to paint with painter's tape. This is where it's fun to get creative, paint the entire bowl, a small circle, or a little strip to make a dip effect.
4. Using long strokes to get a brushed look, paint 3 coats (4 for the glitter), drying with a hairdryer in between each layer. Wipe the lip of the bowl with a paper towel between each coat.
5. Top with a clear gloss coat (only a thing layer so it doesn't drip) and let dry over night. Remove tape once fully dry.
6. Arrange and enjoy your lacquered glittery bowls.