One of my favorite 2020 design trends is vintage pottery! But, I wanted to create my own vintage look for a fraction of the price. See how I turned a thrift store find into a DIY Vintage Vase!
I’m so excited to be participating in a fun challenge hosted by Amanda from Love & Renovations – THRIFT SHOP CHALLENGE!
The challenge is pretty simple – find a treasure from a thrift shop that needs a little lovin’.
I went to a few thrift stores around our home and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of stuff (mixed with junk) to select from. Truthfully, I was extremely tempted by many, many, many old dressers. They were being sold for a fraction of their worth (in my opinion at least). But, I just didn’t have a place for any of them right now.
I decided to go with a smaller project like a vase or lamp. There were several lamps that were tempting but had electrical wires/pieces from 1800. I wasn’t about to add “rewire a lamp” to my list of things to do.
Well, I stumbled upon this guy for just a few dollars:
And it’s perfect!
Have you been seeing vintage pottery popping up everywhere?
I know it’s been catching my eye all over Instagram and my favorite home decor accounts. I’ve seen vintage vases retailing for hundreds of dollars (yikes) but I knew I could DIY my own for a fraction of the cost.
The vase I found was the perfect shape and had the perfect texture to transform it into a vintage-looking vase.
I had followed along with Whitney on Instagram as she did a DIY Vintage Vase and wanted to mimic that process for myself.
Should have just followed her tutorial from the beginning because mine #failed. But that’s ok, sometimes a DIY doesn’t go as planned and you just start over.
- Vase — I LOVE that my vase already had texture to it. It would be a lot harder to get a vintage look without texture already on the vase, so look for
- Garden Lime
- This is used to make the lime wash. Mix 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of garden lime. MIX WELL. It will eventually turn into a sludge/mud type consistency. You could even go with a little less water, definitely not any more water though.
- 3 Paintbrushes you don’t mind throwing away
- Plaster of Paris
- Mix 1/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of plaster. Mix well.
- 100 grit sandpaper
- Black Paint
- Pick a matte or chalk finish
I’m going to over what I did first that didn’t work. Then, what I did to fix it. And, finally, what I would suggest you do.
Vintage Vase DIY Take 1 – My first process (That’s didn’t work):
First, I painted the vase with the matte black paint and let it dry overnight.
Next, I applied the lime wash using an old paint brush. To make the lime wash, mix 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of garden lime. Make sure you mix this really well. It takes a while to dissolve and the longer you mix, the thicker it gets and the better it goes on.
I let that sit for 3 minutes then gently wiped it off with a dry paper towel.
Well, this is what happened.
The lime wash had basically completely taken the black paint off with it.
I thought I could skip the plaster step since the vase already had such a great texture to it. That’s a hard no.
DIY Vintage Vase Take 2 – What Actually Worked
I started by just painting over the mess that was left from the failed attempt with the same black paint. It’s really thick and covers really well.
Then, I mixed up the plaster (1/4 cup water + 1/2 cup plaster) and applied it liberally with another old paint brush. It goes on really thick, too. I let it dry for a few hours then sanded it down using 100 grit sandpaper. Wear a mask because it gets really dusty.
I had hoped to skip this part from the tutorial I saw on Instagram because the vase itself already had so much texture. I thought the plaster would just add the texture. And, maybe if the vase wasn’t a shiny finish I wouldn’t have needed the plaster. But, in order for the black paint to stick after the lime wash, I needed the plaster.
After dusting off the excess plaster dust, I applied another coat of the black paint over top.
Then, it was on to the lime wash again. I used the same lime wash I had mixed up earlier and it was SUPER thick. Which actually worked out really well.
I followed the same process as before. Let it sit on for 3 minutes. It looks like it’s completely dry at the end but it still wipes off pretty easily.
Wipe VERY gently. There were some spots that STILL came through all those layers to the original vase. But, they were so small that you really can’t see them.
Once I had wiped the lime wash off, I did have to go back over it with a wet paper towel a few hours later because it looked too “muddy” to me. But, that’s just a personal preference.
DIY Vintage Vase – How I would do it in the future
- Black Paint
- Black Paint again
- Lime Wash
- Wipe off lime wash
PHEW! I promise it’s not as difficult as my 100 step process was.
Even still, I LOOOOOVE how it looks.
It’s the perfect addition to miss Evie’s big girl room! I added in some faux stems from Target and a pretty arched mirror I’ve been eyeing up along with her dresser we just finished (post coming soon!).
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