How do you react when you see something unsightly or not-so-pretty? While I don’t always react positively, I normally try to see the beauty in everything. A few weeks ago I was browsing an antique store (naturally), and stumbled upon a set of 4 ceramic pineapple jars.
They weren’t the prettiest, but I saw potential in them because the had such a fun shape. Plus the whole set was just $49, so I had to scoop them up. I knew that with a coat of paint they’d look nice and refreshed, and perfect in a beach cottage.
I don’t have pictures of the first step, but I primed them with spray paint primer. This was essential because paint won’t adhere to ceramic alone. After priming the entire pineapple I used two coats of white spray paint on the base and the lower part of the lid.
Once the paint on the lid was completely dry I wrapped the lower part of it with plastic wrap to protect it from the gold paint. Then I painted the top of it with gold spray paint!
|At first I thought about using painter’s tape, newspaper, or a plastic bag to protect the bottom, but plastic wrap ended up being the perfect choice.|
After drying for a full day the texture of the pineapples was still a little bit tacky. I decided to cure the pineapples in the oven to seal everything in. What do I mean exactly? I put the pineapples in the oven (while it was cool before turning it on), set it for 300 degrees, and once it hit 300 I “cooked” them for 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes was over I turned off the oven and left the pineapples in there until they were cool. This time in the oven before and after the actual cooking part is important, because things tend to crack if there is a drastic change in temperature.
After I cured the pineapples they looked and felt like they had always been white and you couldn’t even tell that they had been spray painted. Aren’t they great?
I ended up leaving 3 of the pineapples at my family’s beach cottage, and brought one back home with me. Now it’s gracing my mantle and I absolutely love it!