Enthused by the simplicity of the Victorian and Edwardian silverware she saw during a recent visit to the British Museum, Kit Lee set about creating her own version: an inexpensive, for everyday use with seasonal floral arrangements, or as suitably stylish storage.
‘I often come back from Columbia Road market on a Sunday with armfuls of flowers, only to find that I don’t have a suitable vase,’ says Kit. ‘Rather than spending on shop-bought ones, I wanted to come up with an easy, inexpensive way of personalising some basic storage containers. Using this method, you can transform any shape and size of glass container – vases, jugs, bottles, jars – that you find in the attic, charity shop or thrift sale. Seasoned DIYers can try experimenting with pattern or moulded features to add texture to the containers.’
Kit’s top tips:
- I used a plain, wide bottle-shaped vase, which is suitable for beginners. You can use any shape and, once you’re confident with the method, build up to adding pattern and texture using stencils.
- Try silvering three or four different shapes and heights of vase, and place them next to one other for a modern mantelpiece display, or centrepiece for a dining table.
- I would always advise that you work outdoors, or in an extremely well ventilated area, and don’t forget to protect your work surface with newspaper.