Decorating with Vintage Glass

It wasn’t fun coming home after our recent trip to Hawaii.  Cold mornings, wearing layers again, drab gray days.  I missed all the color and the tropical foliage.

I was tempted to add some tropical decor to our living room.  But in the middle of winter, and here in the Pacific Northwest, that wouldn’t look right.

So I opted for a subtle, airy botanical look with a limited color palette.  And to keep it interesting, I used vintage glass containers.

Glass and the Weak Winter Sun

One advantage to using glass in winter decor is that it reflects and amplifies natural light.  And in winter, we need all the natural light we can get.

Patron bottle as found in a thrift store.
Sunlight in a bottle? A thrift store Patron bottle and a vintage flower frog capture the morning sun.

Shopping My Own House

Of course, another advantage to using vintage glass for decor is that it’s inexpensive and easy to find.  I had some stashed around my house:  Bottles, flower frogs, and a glass float.

My husband Chris always has cool stuff I can use.  (He is quick to remind me that I sometimes call his cool stuff “junk” until I find it useful.)

This time he had some vintage kerosene lamps.

Vintage kerosene lamp

One of them was missing the glass shade, but I liked it better without one.

Vintage kerosene lamp

A Variety of Foliage

I used a combination of artificial foliage and live plants in clay pots.

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

 

Decorating with vintage glass

I’m surprised at how this little bit of glass decor has livened up our living room.  And, since it’s so affordable and easy to come by, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for new pieces.  It would be fun to try denser layers and collections of glass during the winter months.

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About Kerosene Lamps

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Before electricity, kerosene lamps were an essential source of light in many homes.  But if tipped over, they could become the source of disastrous fires.  Today, we can appreciate their vintage charm without having to rely on them for light.

In the right setting, a carefully chosen kerosene lamp can become art.  And as a collectible, they are still very affordable – and plentiful.  A search on Etsy turns up a treasure trove of kerosene lamps.

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Second Tuesday Art Walk #7: Dresser and Cabinet Makeovers

If I gave two DIYers identical pieces of furniture and said “Take this piece and make it your own,” I would get two completely different results. That’s the fun of furniture makeovers:  Everyone has a unique approach.

So in this month’s Art Walk, we’re looking at inventive ways to make over old dressers and stereo cabinets.  Why dressers and stereo cabinets?  Because there are so many of them out there in need of a little love.

You would not believe what some of these pieces looked like before their makeovers.  If you want to see before photos, or if you want to learn more about a process, click on any photo to be taken to the original post.

Let’s begin!

Hollywood Glam

I love how Tarah at Grandma’s House DIY paired black paint with glass knobs for this stately look.   She used a gloss finish over the paint to get that elegant sheen.

Photo courtesy of Grandma House DIY

The Power of Prep Work

I have long admired the work of Nicole over at Visual Heart.  Her makeovers of mid-century pieces are so airy and cheerful.  And turning an ugly particle board duckling into this beautiful swan took a lot of vision – and a lot of prep work.

Photo courtesy of Visual Heart

Dresser Turned Vanity

Over at Lolly Jane, twin sisters Kelli and Kristi didn’t just make over a vintage dresser – they converted it into a charming bathroom vanity.  I have always wanted to do this.

Photo courtesy of Lollyjane.com

She’s Got Legs

Carol at The Red Painted Cottage took a boring square box of a dresser and made it adorable by painting it and adding legs and a wood plank top.

Photo courtesy of The Red Painted Cottage

An Artist’s Touch

When Miss Mustard Seed paints a dresser, she really paints it.  The choice of colors and the careful distressing make this piece spectacular.  I only wish I were artistic enough to try this.

Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Stencils

Stencils are a fantastic way to add impact to any piece.  A mix of wood grain, paint, and stenciling by Carrie at Dream Green DIY brings balance and interest to this piece.

Photo courtesy of Dream Green DIY

When Less is More

My husband Chris brought home a raggedy mid-century stereo cabinet that he wanted to convert to a liquor cabinet.  I was eagerly envisioning a makeover similar to something Nicole would do.

But then Chris noticed that the piece was made of mahogany.  And he is never one to paint over quality wood.  So he did an honest restoration of the existing wood.  Now it’s a handsome and timeless liquor cabinet.

Paring it Down

Sometimes removing something from a piece highlights what is left.  I found a worn little “princess” dresser covered in a cheap, dingy floral laminate.  It was probably originally intended for a girl’s bedroom.

After some chalk paint and antiquing, the dresser is more mature.  And its whimsical curves can finally take center stage.

Thanks for joining me on the Art Walk today.  And thanks to the folks who allowed me to share their work.

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