Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Pinterest (Not Too Bad) Fail

Pinterest is so much fun, isn't it?  You can find cool ideas and photos of anything you're interested in.  In my case it's cross stitch, crafts, beading, and food.  And who knows what kinds of boards I'll add in the near future.  One little crafty idea that caught my eye was a bowl of pine cones painted with a silvery finish.  How festive!  How Christmas-y! 
Look at how shiny they are.  Remember, this is the picture from Pinterest.
All you have to do is get a can of Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like paint!  Well, and some pine cones too.  Funny story about that:  The house I used to live in was surrounded by pine trees.  Before we moved, I picked up a bunch of pine cones and stuck them in a box.  I actually moved a box of pine cones from my old house to my new house.  My husband never said anything about that, but he probably shook his head a little. 

I found the Krylon paint very easily at a big-box store.  Then I got out my box of Rockbridge Drive pine cones and went to work.  And this is what I got.
OK, they're pretty enough, but they just don't have that "mirror-like" finish that the ones in the Pinterest photo have.  See the difference?  I have a funny feeling that I could have bought the much bigger, less expensive can of regular silver spray paint and got the same result.  And yes, I did follow the instructions on the can and shook that thing for 2 minutes. 

To be fair, I decided to try this paint on a glass object to see the real mirror like finish.  I chose a simple glass votive holder.  And the result:
The colors you see are just reflections of me and stuff in the room.
Again, I can't get super-excited about the finished product.  Maybe I could try another coat? 

So, all in all, I like my silvery pine cones even though they weren't exactly what I was expecting.  They're displayed in a bowl on my sofa table.  My Rockbridge Drive pine cones look pretty good and festive.

Thank you for all of your kind comments and for following my blog!  Please leave a comment if you like this post or if you can give me some additional tips for using this paint.  I'd appreciate it!


  1. It looks like the pine cones from the Pinterest picture are not real. I much prefer yours! :) They look lovely!

  2. What about adding some of the spray paint that has glitter in it? Don't know what its called but, i had some a while ago.

  3. So glad I read this… I had found that picture on pinterest and planned on going out to buy the paint tomorrow!

    1. One thing that I didn't think of before -- maybe I got a bad or defective can of paint?

  4. Replies
    1. Michelle, did you get the e-mail I sent you re: the beads?

  5. I actually prefer yours, Cathy! Enjoy your weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

  6. I guess this just shows what a professional photographer and lighting can do :P

    Yours look great though, I am rather lazy and just have a bowl of baubles on my coffee table. Other half just rolls his eyes but I like it :)

  7. I actually prefer your finish to the top one. The top one is a bit too glittery for me.