Today, we’re sharing how to create a vintage trophy look!
One of my favorite things to collect is vintage trophies. They are not very plentiful in this area at all though.
In fact, every time I find a vintage trophy or a trophy platter I make sure to scoop them up because I never know when I’ll come across another one again.
I’m not even picky about it, really. I’ll even take a vintage-inspired trophy or a piece that slightly resembles one.
Case in point, I found this piece at an estate sale.
At the time my bestie S was like, “I don’t get it” which totally gave me the giggles. Sure, the plastic mix of ferns, ivy, and dust was probably a bit off-putting.
But the shape of the vase looked almost identical to the loving cup trophies I’m constantly searching for.
See what I mean?
I knew this vase wouldn’t look exactly like the tarnished trophies my heart pines for but I thought I could get it pretty close.
And it’s super easy so I know you can do it too!
Here’s what you’ll need to create a vintage trophy look…
- Loving cup style vase
- Silver metallic paint
- 1-inch paintbrush
- Dark wax
- Clear wax (optional)
- Lint-free cloth or wax brush
- Tarp to protect your work surface
Gather your supplies together and make sure your vase is free from dirt and debris. Then, start painting your vase with metallic paint.
This is after one coat…
where you can still see a bit of the layer of gold.
And this is after two full coats of metallic paint…
Allow the vase to dry completely. Then, apply the dark wax directly to the painted vase with a lint-free cloth or wax brush.
You’ll really want to make sure to get the dark wax into all the little nooks and crannies by massaging the wax into the vase.
If you find yourself needing an “eraser” because you’ve used too much dark wax, clear wax will do the trick, just remember a little goes a long way.
Make sure you read the label on the back of the dark wax, so you can allow for plenty of drying time.
The wax will need time to harden and cure before handling.
Decorating With Vintage Trophies:
Vintage trophies or vintage-inspired trophies like this one are really easy to decorate with throughout the year. They can be used in seasonal vignettes, as part of a tablescape or even styled on a bookcase.
Here’s a look at the vase mixed with vintage trophies…
as part of a simple Spring vignette,
on a Fall tablescape,
holding snowy Christmas branches,
or styled for every day as we did for the master bedroom refresh reveal.
I know it can be hard to see past the “what is” for “what can be” but honestly that’s the most amazing part of being able to make something your own.
So, the next time you’re at a thrift store, charity shop or estate sale try giving vessels and containers a second look.
You’ll be amazed at the possibilities!
A Few Other Posts You Can Find Vintage Trophy Inspiration:
- Kentucky Derby Tablescape
- Outdoor Hutch & Buffet in French Linen
- How to Turn a Display Case Into a Bookcase
- An Easy Way to Polish Thrift Store Silver Trophies
- Spray Painting 101 Tips and Tricks for Painting Thrifted Urns