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Metallic Vase Makeover

July 1, 2014

Good Morning!  I’m thrilled to have another one of my bloggy friends here today!  Angela from Life In Velvet is sharing a fun Metallic Vase Makeover.  Angela just recently purchased a new home, and with her great style … I can’t wait to see more of how she makes it her own!  

I’ll let her take it away …



Hi View from the Fridge readers! I’m so excited and honored to guest post for Katie today!

This is a great first project if you want to dabble in metallic leafing. I have a love affair going on with silver leaf at the moment, but it definitely took some practice to get my technique down. This is a free-form project you can have fun with before taking on more precise and challenging ones.

We had this enormous (and sort of ugly) vase left over from our old apartment. It was originally purchased as a way to hide some wiring in our living room, but just before throwing it out I decided to make it over and let it live on in my new office.


  • Silver leaf – I used Art Minds brand from Michaels
  • Metal leafing adhesive – I used Mona Lisa brand also from Michaels
  • Vase or other ceramic piece
  • Metallic spray paint – I had Chase Silver Metallic (my new favorite silver spray btw), and Rustoleum Metallic Spray in Oil Rubbed Bronze and Aged Copper left over from other projects, but any combinations of metallics would look great.
  • Sealant (optional…I used another coat of copper spray paint to “seal” mine, but if you want a pure, bright silver look, use a clear coat instead)

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Here’s what I started out with…not horrible, but not pretty either. You’ll notice that these pictures are all taken outside. Flecks of the leaf tend to go everywhere whenever I work with it, so I recommend leafing outside if you can for large projects like this one.

Silver Leaf Accent Vase-14

I started by covering the entire vase in copper, followed by little accents of oil rubbed bronze to make it look a little more natural. Once that was dry, I added a little silver spray to go underneath the leafed areas. I only had about ten sheets of leaf leftover from other projects, so spraying the silver underneath was my way of cheating a little. (No spray I’ve found looks as rich or shines quite like the leaf though.)

Silver Leaf Accent Vase-1

I waited about 20 minutes after the silver coat dried to start applying the adhesive. The most torturous part of leafing projects is waiting for the adhesive to dry before starting. Wait about 30 minutes after applying the adhesive to allow it to get tacky. Brush on a generous coat wherever you want your leaf to go, without leaving puddles anywhere. The adhesive will go on a milky white color, but dry clear.

Silver Leaf Accent Vase-3

For this project it isn’t important to get the leaf sheets out perfectly, so I just pulled out some smaller pieces and some full-sized. Stick the leaf to the vase using the sheets still included in the pack. While you still have the individual sheet (and attached pack of sheets and leaf) on the area to be leafed, run your brush lightly over the back of the sheet to smooth the leaf down. You’ll work sheet by sheet this way.

Silver Leaf Accent Vase-4

Once the leaf is mostly attached, lift up the sheet and run your brush over the leaf again. This is the really fun part. It feels a little like painting with pure metal.

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Here is my vase after the silver leaf step was completed, but before the finishing touches.

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I wanted my vase to look aged and chipped, so I applied the adhesive to only selected areas and used partial leaf pieces in some areas. If you want to go for an all-over look, just be sure to evenly apply the adhesive everywhere and apply full sheets of the leaf each time.

I wanted to warm up the silver a little after this step, so I finished everything by spraying a very light coat of copper spray to the majority of the leafed areas. Before it dried, I rubbed it with a cloth so only a transparent overlay was left on top of the silver.

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Here’s the final product. I think this is a great feature to tie in the other decorative elements in my office. Have a great week!

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Silver Leaf Accent Vase-13


Katie here again.  A huge thank you to Angela for being here today!  The vase turned out gorgeous just like all of her project!  And … in case you’re wondering about those lovely storage bins … they were all part of our Anthropologie Knock Off Week back in April:



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  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast July 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

    This turned out great! I am getting so inspired by people taking an item I would just get rid of and turning it into something amazing! Love this.
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  • Reply Kristina & Millie July 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Neat! Love it :) I haven’t ‘leafed’ before but it looked like fun! I think I have a vase or two around here that could use a little polish! Thanks for the tute and tips Angela!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney July 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Angela did a great job on this vase, what a difference. I’ve been on the lookout for a vase this size for the living room. .
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    • Reply Katie July 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      We have this ugly greenish / teal vase in our ‘Goodwill’ pile in the basement. I think Angela’s project may have saved it!! We’ll see … She did do a great job!

  • Reply Whitney July 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Cute blog, and super cute vase!! Glad I found your blog from the Work it Wednesday link up :) Following along now via Bloglovin :) Yay for a new blogging buddy!
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    • Reply Katie July 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Yay, Whitney! Stopping over to follow you, too! I’m so glad you stopped by and left a note! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane July 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    that turned out awesome. I have the exact same tall vase in black and I’m tired of the black. I may give a makeover instead of getting rid of it.
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  • Reply Megan Walker July 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    So beautiful! I love how creative people are : )
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  • Reply Bre @ Average But Inspired July 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Katie & Angela- I LOVE this vase! I have some pretty heinous vases sitting around and you’ve given me inspiration to try this. I’m excited to use gold leafing . . . never done that before. Thanks for the great idea and for sharing at our first On Display Thursday link party. Hope you both had a great 4th of July! – Bre @ Average But Inspired
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  • Reply Suzan July 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    That turned out beautifully – I’m in the midst of painting furniture metallic silver so this caught my eye right away at An Extraordinary Day
    Thanks for sharing !
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  • Reply Gwen July 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Katie! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your stunning Metallic Vase Makeover and I’m featuring you as one of my Rockstars tomorrow morning from Creativity Unleashed!

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  • Reply Lisa at Mabey She Made It July 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is so cool, Katie! I love it!
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Angela did a great job! Happy to hear your little one is gaining weight!

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