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how to: paint glass vases

clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
plastic utensils
drop cloth or kraft paper

1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.

2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.

3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.

4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.

5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.

6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.

4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.

7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.

8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.

9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.


how it's made: bleached linen panels

1. In a spray bottle, dilute bleach with water—about 2 parts bleach plus 1 part water.
Hint: we used two types of bottles, with two types of sprayers, for variations in the effect.

2. The process gets messy so put down some plastic to protect the floor—either a tarp or trash bags.

3. Hang each french-belgian linen panel as wrinkle free and taut as possible and be careful to not double up the fabric when hanging it since the bleach will seep through and affect the second layer.
Hint: we used clothespins to add weight.

Remember: the bleaching action breaks down particles—in this case the color molecules thereby removing the color—so take this into consideration going forward.

4. To maintain as straight a transition as possible, mark both left/right sides of the panel where you want the gradation to start/end—then start spraying the bleach mixture at the very bottom of the curtain.
Hint: since the bottom will be completely bleached out, use this space to practice the desired look of the final gradation—so you have the technique mastered by the time you get there.

5. Moving from side to side, spray the panel with the mixture going up a bit each pass. When the marked height is near, start spraying more gently. For best results, wait between spays to make sure it’s creating the desired gradation.

6. After the panel has been fully processed, make sure the bottom isn’t blotchy—spraying multiple times may be necessary to get it as white as possible.
Hint: edges of the panels are stitched with a polyester thread which will not be affected by the bleach and will retain their original color. Also, once the color has been bleached out, don’t be surprised if the fabric is a bit more off-white than white-white.

7. Let air dry to stop the bleaching action.

8. To further stop the bleaching action—which could eventually break down the fabric’s fibers—rinse the bleached area with cool water in a large sink or tub.

9. Launder panels per their care instructions, then hang!

As with any DIY, results will vary so—at your own risk—please proceed with caution.


influencers: susie daly

“I think our modern pieces make our home more contemporary and more well-rounded. I love the thrill of finding a vintage score, or a really special DIY item—but I also love finding something brand new to add to the mix.”
Susie Daly, Renegade Craft Fair Co-Founder and Director

Would you describe yourself as a “renegade”?
I’d describe myself as someone who likes to live life off the beaten path and according to my own terms. So in that way, I guess I do consider myself a renegade.

What words sum up your personal aesthetic?
Modern rustic.

Your home is filled with special objects that resonate with you on a personal level. How do the CB2 pieces you have “speak to you”?
Everything I chose has a clean and modern look, but has a rustic feel about it—such as the red bench, the kitchen chairs and the white cuckoo clock. I love that the materials of the wood and the wire feel rustic and warm, but the design is contemporary.

What’s the balance for you between vintage, thrift, DIY and modern?
I’d say it’s a pretty even mix. Our furniture is about half modern, half vintage pieces. Our home decor, such as pillows, lamps, rugs, is a good mix of vintage/DIY/modern. But I’d say almost all of our artwork is one-of-a-kind or small-edition pieces.

Thanks Susie—let us know when you have that garage sale!

Personal Collection:
Susie is always scouring antique stores and the Renegade Craft Fair for unique items. Personal finds here include vintage kitchen table, red desk chair and globe; brown cuckoo clock she handcrafted with her husband, Mat Daly; wall art and found objects. More info at


diy: picket fence eden pendant

eden pendant lamp
wooden paint stirrers
paint brush(es)

Paint wooden stirrers as desired, let dry as needed then hot glue and hang!

For best results, hot glue at the top and bottom wire rings of the fabric shade—and only on the exterior of the shade.

Hint: to determine the quantity of stirrers needed, divide the circumference of the pendant shade—62”—by the width of the stirrers.


diy: string tied eden pendant

eden pendant lamp
embroidery yarn

Along the inside edge of the shade, tuck in yarn end as shown. Wrap yarn(s) as desired—when finished: cut, secure and install!

Note: to avoid a fire hazard, only wrap the shade with yarns top to bottom—do not run yarns across the shade.