Ceramic or glass vases?

stain, oak

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This – above – is what happens if you put a ceramic vase with flowers and water in directly on a white-oiled oak-table and leave it there for a couple of days. (I guess it happens if you do the same onto any other wooden table or surface – and I know by experience that the same thing can happen if you put a decorative Halloween pumpkin on the table…). This stain is what remains AFTER sanding the stain and re-oiling the spot. It won’t go away… Ceramic vases leak humidity that destroys the wood they stand on.

Not to repeat that, I looked for small glass-vases and found these ones:

vases, glassvases

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

3-pack glassvases from RUSTA in different shades of blue and green with different structure on each vase for a total of SEK 20 (approximately USD 2.80)! Perfect. Here they are filled with drying lavender, but their purpose is to put small flowers in water on the table (with dry flowers it doesn’t matter which kind of vase you use). That they are cheap and come from a store that sell cheap things is fine with me. Even cheap can be beautiful sometimes.

Objects don’t need to be expensive designer items to be nice.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

The small blue bowl is there to collect the drying lavender seeds when they fall off their stems.


Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

So, which vase leaked? One of these below, from Ikea (flower in the picture is artificial). If you look at the bottom of a ceramic vase and see that the bottom of it is not glazed, then you can expect it to leak if you put water in it.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

1 comment

Theodore Winston

That’s good to know that glass vases can keep you from getting water rings on your table. I’ve always been annoyed by the water rings, so I’m glad that switching to a glass vase can help with that problem. Thanks for the info!

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