Are you looking for a way to add a touch of luxury to your home without spending a fortune? Look no further than this DIY vase tutorial! With just a few simple materials, you can create a vase that looks just like the ones you’d find at Pottery Barn.
How To Get The Pottery Barn Look From A Thrift Store Vase
I went out thrifting the other day…I was on a mission to find something to use for a Pottery Barn inspired DIY vase.
I love all the Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware vases and planters that are out there right now…but I don’t $100 like them if you know what I mean!!
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- Glass Vase
- Joint Compound
- Plastic Putty Knife
- Off-White Chalk or Matte Acrylic Craft Paint
- Earthy Combo (brown,taupe, gray) Chalk or Matte Acrylic Craft Paint
Step By Step:
Find A Vase
We have a Savers thrift store nearby that’s huge and I usually find cool things to flip. I was in there 30 seconds before I found the perfect vase!! One thing that I notice in most thrift stores is they usually have a shelf of glass vases that people donate.
Step 1- Cover Vase With Joint Compound
Once I got the vase home I cleaned it and removed the sticker price tag. You can use a hair dryer to remove the tag quickly, the warm air should make it easy to just peel it off in one piece.
The thing that I love about all those high-end store vases is the texture and aged look they all have!!
I have a cool and simple way to create some texture to the smooth glass vase!
I used a plastic putty knife and coated the outside of the vase with joint compound. It’s so easy…like frosting a cake!!
Joint compound is different than spackle. Joint compound it creamier texture where spackle can be dry and cakey. Make sure to use joint compount.
You need to let it dry overnight before moving on to the painting.
Step 2- Painting The Thrift Store Vase Off-White
The next step to making this thrift store bargain look like a Pottery Barn vase is to do a little painting!
Using off-white chalk paint, I coated the entire vase with paint; then let it dry completely before moving on. A smaller paintbrush worked well to get the paint into all of the texture that the joint compound created.
Step 3. Layer On Color
Next up, I dry-brushed dark brown chalk paint over the vase.
Dry brushing is when you dip your paintbrush into the paint and then tap off most of it onto a paper towel or paper plate. This way only a small amount of paint is on your brush.
Then use light sweeping motions to just add a bit of color that really picks up all the details on whatever project that you are painting.
You can see how the dark brown paint picks up all the cool texture the joint compound created.
Then I used the same dry brush effect using a taupe brown colored chalk paint.
Stp 4. Final Quick Detail
My last quick step was to dab on a little gray paint. I used a piece of natural sponge, but a crumpled-up paper towel would have the same overall effect.
Just trying to build up the layers of color and adding depth to this former clear glass vase.
If you have ever looked at the vases an vessels that Pottery Barn and the other high end decor stores sell you will notice how they have layers of color that give them that old world look.
I have to say since I first made this vase 2 years ago that it has become one of the most popular DIY tutorials on this site! And guess what, I still love this vase and have it out somewhere in my house year round!!
Here I used to to hold a bunch of DIY Moss Branches that I recently made (really cool project…and easy too!)
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A few faux fern stems in the vase and it was ready for my entryway table!