Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed some Spring weather for the first official weekend of Spring. Our weather … not so Spring-ish, however some new vases and beautiful flowers have me holding out hope that it will arrive soon!
I don’t know about you, but I kind of want my entire house to be furnished by Room and Board. Well … actually more like a good mix of Anthropologie and Room and Board, but either way … I. LOVE. ROOM & BOARD. It’s a bit spendy, however … even at the outlet store near us. When I was browsing through their catalog the other day, these ‘Little Shirley’ vases caught my eye:
I love the fun colors. I love the shape (you don’t need many flowers to fill them out). I don’t, however, love that they cost $160 for the 8 piece set!! And they’re tiny … 3″ round, 4″ tall.
I decided to make my own similar vases. The R&B vases are made of clay, and I’m no potter. My solution? Think 8th grade Science class … Erlenmeyer Flasks!
Yes, they’re not the exact same size, and yes, they’re glass not clay, but at $6.99 for the set of three and free 2-day shipping (wer’re Prime members) … they’re much more budget friendly!
I ordered two sets of that ‘variety pack’ above from Amazon ranging in size from 50mL to 250mL. Six vases (most of which are larger than the R&B vases) for $13.98 vs. eight for $160 at R&B. Not so bad, ey?
I wasn’t really going for the Science class look, though, so spray paint was in order once these flasks arrived. I happen to have a large stash of spray paint, so I didn’t have to buy any for this project … fabulous! I picked out 5 colors, and started painting. And when I say ‘I’ started painting … I really mean I bribed Matt to paint each of these for me (growing babies and spray painting don’t mix well).
**tip for painting glass … use a very light coat (to prevent drips) and hold paint can slightly above vase … spraying at a downward angle towards the vase.
Add some fresh flowers …
And again … the $160 Room and Board vases:
Not quite the same, but for a fraction of the price … I’m just as happy with my thrifty version!
I hope this post brings some Spring cheer to your Monday!
Note: The Room & Board Little Shirley vases are handspun, handglazed, and artist designed. Room & Board donates 10% of the profits of these handmade Little Shirley vases to Seattle Area Charities. That helps rationalize the price just a bit, and if you can afford the R&B version, I’m sure you can feel good about that!