November 3, 2014

Pottern Barn on the cheap

Chances are you have seen the below image on pinterest.  Funny thing is, it is actually a photo selling the bowl on Pottery Barn, not a thing to do with the pinecones.
Well the image has taken pinterest by storm, most captions saying to achieve this look by spraying pine cones with krylon looking glass spray'.  I knew I had a bit on hand, as well as my favorite gold paint, and an accidental purchase of silver that I never returned. So I wanted to play around and see what looks would be achieved.  
My victims.  I picked them from my parents various pine trees, and by picked I mean we had to get the tree trimmer and cut down the big ones, and by we I mean my dad got the tree trimmer and cut me down some.   To make them bug free remember to bake the pinecones, instructions here.   Who knew how many little spiders would hide in a pinecone. 

My favorite of the three was the looking glass spray paint, the gold also looked stellar, the metallic silver not so much.  They are getting less stinky in the garage still, but as soon as they are less stinky they will be finding a home in my cake dome.  Perfect decorations for fall through late winter!
A few things of note  
1.  The more closed pinecones tend to look a bit better in my opinion, the metallic of the paint just reflects the light a bit better.
2. Also the closed ones are easier to paint, the more open ones are more work since you have to coat both sides.  
3.  If you use krylon looking glass spray paint, know that it goes on a bit dull but dries nicely.

When we were living in our apartment on the 2nd story, I started spray painting in a box to keep over spray down.  I still prefer spraying items in a box on windy days.  This whole weekend was crazy windy in Indiana! 
This is my cheating way of decorating early for Christmas.  Paul won't allow for it, but really this isn't Christmas specific.  Anyone else have the Christmas decoration itch? 
-Meg



15 comments:

  1. Did the Looking Glass spray paint chip off of the pine cone or anything?

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  2. Did the Looking Glass spray paint chip off of the pine cone or anything?

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    1. I have not had any problems with the paint chipping so far, and this past Christmas was my 2nd time pulling them out. I have been lazy and storing them in a grocery bag in my basement, so no special treatment for storing and they are holding up well!

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  3. Well I have tried to no availe to achive the mercury glass pine cones showed in the Pottery Barn Bowl.
    Using the Looking glass paint and also trying several color base paints first. Using many coats of this LG paint
    I even contacted Krylon with the picture. Even using their suggestion and still not able to achieve this look. What is it, I'm doing wrong? Please help. contact me at : finman326@gmail.com

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    1. I think you must spray paint the item first with white paint,
      then coat your project with the mercury glass paint by Krylon.

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  4. My krylon looking glass paint states "for glass only". When I sprayed mine they are just a dull metallic gray. What is the difference in applications? Laura N states "I "think" you have to spray them white 1st". Well, do u or not? I can't get this look at all. Need some help, please.

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    1. I did not spray mine white first. The smoother the pine cone the better the reflective finish will be.

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  5. Hello, I'm writing a blog post that shares links to some of my favourite pinecone craft projects and I'd like to include this post in my compilation, together with one of your photos. My blog is atelierbethanne.blogspot.com and I'll ensure correct attribution for your work by including both a link to this specific post and one to your blog's home page.

    Thanks for considering this request. I'll await your reply.

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  6. So, how did they turn out? Can we see a pic of the finished product? I've painted pine cones with looking glass spray, and was not impressed. I found that polished aluminum spray paint works far better.

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    1. The last few photos on the post show how mine turned out! Not like the bowl pine cones, but I still liked the finish.

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  7. What color krylon looking glass spray paint was used for the glass look pine cones, and were they sprayed white first?

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    1. When I did this project a few years ago, the mirror like looking glass spray was only available in one color, silver. I did not spray mine white first. The smoother the pine cone the better the shine you will get.

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  8. I have looked closely at this time and again, and I love the look, These cones were dipped in a Mercury Glass paint likely, maybe even a chrome finish paint. You can see the paint has a built up drip all around one some of the individual cone petals, so it was probably primered well (oil based) and then dipped twice in whatever silvered metallic paint used. Anyone know of a paint in the can that would look like this?

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  9. The item for sale at Pottery Barn was the bowl and not the pinecones. After looking at it several times and enlarging it I am still not sure those are real pinecones. They look like they are metal. Getting the same look with the looking glass spray is a great idea! Sealing the pine cone with a good primer might help get better results. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to!

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    1. I've been chasing this image around Pinterest for about an hour now, before stumbling onto this blog! I agree, the Pottery Barn pinecones are not real, which is why they are so perfect and so shiny. I'm still willing to give it a shot--the pine tree out back is very obliging with many many test specimens. I have some primer on hand, and also a clear acrylic top coat that I'm going to test as a base coat. I think the trick will definitely be making sure the pinecones have a surface that won't absorb the looking glass paint! Even then, I don't expect to reach quite the Pottery Barn level, but I do like shiny things so it's worth a try. :)

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