We remodeled our kitchen a couple of years ago.  A few months before we started, we went to Colorado for the first time.  We fell in love with the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  I knew we were going to have to bring some of that nature into our suburban Midwest kitchen.

As we were nearing the end of the construction and getting ready to do the fun part – the decorating! –  I made a trip to one of our local grocery stores.  This particular store has THE BEST floral department.  Lots of really fresh flowers, with a better variety than you find in most grocery stores. They also have a great selection of unique vases and containers.

That day, I found this one:

So reminiscent of the golden Aspens we had seen all over the mountains. I was not sure how I was going to use it – but I had to find a place for it! After getting it home, I decided it would strictly be a decorative piece. I had a ceramic bird that would look great perched on this stump. The only trouble was – the container was actually glass. When upended, the clear bottom was exposed.  I was going to need to do something to cover it & make it look like wood.

So I pulled out some J B Weld and squeezed out an inch on each tube. I mixed it up (I use a Post-it Note pad as a mixing pad – easy clean up!) and spread the grey goop all over the bottom of the vase.

As it began to set, I used a small wood skewer to etch circles into the epoxy. Once completely set, the texture was better, but a steel-y grey color wasn’t quite the right look either. I took a bit of a light tan acrylic paint and gave it a quick coat. When that  dried, a light sanding revealed the darker areas underneath, just enough to create the illusion of rings in the”wood”.                 The final result:

I was really happy with it –

and my little ceramic bird is really happy on it’s new perch!