Do you have a shelf somewhere in your home where you have collected a bunch of vases? I have a few stylish ways to upcycle those old vases so you won’t want to keep them hidden in a closet anymore!
Thrift Store Vase Upcycles
One spot I always hit at the thrift store is the vase aisle. I always keep my eyes open for interesting shapes and sizes that I can makeover. Here are a few stylish ways that I came up with for you to upcycle some of your old vases at home.
Ugly Ceramic Vase
OK, I’m all for a little pop of color in your home…but I’m not sure about this neon green!! Sometimes you have to look past the bad paint job (just like on the HGTV show where they are looking for a house and cross it off the list because of the paint colors…c’mon people, that’s like the easiest fix in the world…I yell at the TV every time!!)
The shape and design of this vase are so pretty that I had to grab it! It’s been sitting in my garage all winter waiting for it to be warm enough to be able to spray paint again. Spray paint comes out lousy if you are trying to do it when it’s cold out.
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This was an easy upcyle!! All you will need is a can of paint. For this project, I used one of my favorites Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint in ‘Flat Soft Iron’. Personally, I love the trigger handle on this paint line because it’s so user-friendly…pushing the little button down on the traditional cans kills my finger and I always end up with paint on it too!!.
One coat of spray paint covered most of the green…user error, I missed a couple of spots on the first go-round!
After the first coat of paint was completely dry I went over with a second light coat of the spray paint.
…And that was it! What a difference paint can make! My crabapple tree is just coming back to life and I cut a few of the branches that were hanging too low. The contrast between the red leaves and the dark vase looks so dramatic.
Making a Faux Mercury Glass Vase
Last winter I used this method of making faux mercury glass on a set of Christmas ornaments. It’s a cool technique!
On my last thrift store haul, I picked up this glass vase. I liked the tulip shape and the base so I put it in my cart but didn’t know what I would do with it.
When you are making DIY mercury glass projects you have to use a mirror paint, there are a couple of different brands but I am using the Krylon Looking Glass Paint.
When using this specialty paint you spray the inside of your project to get the mirrored effect.
It is quite thin…almost watery, but this is normal. The trick was spraying the paint inside the vase and swirling it around and turning the vase in my hand. The paint will move around the inside and coat the glass.
The paint dries quickly and the mirrored effect gets stronger as it dries.
Before the looking glass paint dried, I sprayed the inside of the vase with a 50/50 vinegar & water solution.
Over the wet vinegar & water solution I sprayed a gold paint next (I am using Krylon Hammered Gold because that’s what I had on hand but any gold spray paint will work)
Once the vase is dry you will be able to see the cool mercury glass effect!! Doesn’t it look pretty..it is amazing how paint can transform a piece!!
Pottery Barn Inspired Vase
This Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Vase vase has been one of my popular DIY projects and a Top 10 Reader Favorite from last year.
It was a thrift store find and I transformed it using joint compound and a combination of paint colors.
This was another glass vase that I had in my thrift store stash. To give it a fresh, fun look I took the old vase and wrapped it with seagrass rush.
Don’t you love the textured look of it?? Much more interesting than the original boring glass vase for sure!!
DIY Textured Vases
My last idea to upcycle some of your old vases is to make two-tone textured vases. This would work on any shape and size of vase and make it more modern looking.
Today I’m joining my friends Stacy from Bricks N Blooms and Kim from Shiplap and Shells. We have been having so much fun sharing our thrift store finds with all of you over the past few months! Wait until you see what they have been up to this month…
Kim’s home is so charming and pretty! I love scrolling through her pictures and always leave so inspired Kim will show you how you can Create a Tabletop with Vintage & Thrifted Finds. It’s a good thing Kim lives on the opposite coast from me or I would be trying to swipe some of her vintage pieces when she wasn’t looking!!!
Stacy has been having so much fun decorating her new home with items she has found when she has been out thrifting. You have to check out all the updates they have made since they moved in last Christmas too! You have to check out the steal she got on that mirror hanging over her piano…what a bargain!! So go check out her Thrift Store Finds and How I Styled Them
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I love this post and your great makeover vases. Fabulous job!
Jennifer Howard says
Thanks so much, Rebecca!! I just cut some fresh lilacs and put them in the dark one…lilac season in NH!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
You have given me so many great ideas Jennifer. I have old vases hanging out all over the house and I can’t wait to try upcycling some of them. Thanks for the great ideas.
Jennifer Howard says
Yes, the fake mercury glass would fit so well with your vibe…it would be so pretty on your table with some of your flowers!