TURN CHEAP THRIFT STORE VASES INTO POTTERY BARN-INSPIRED DECOR USING WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN | HOW TO PAINT GLASS VASES
Hi, sweet #sifamily! Do you have cheap glass vases hanging around? I have a fair share I’ve collected from thrift stores and even though I’m a fan of glass, mine rarely gets used. So today, I’m sharing how to upstyle your cheap glass vases into PotteryBarn Inspired decor using what you already have in your kitchen! … and How To Paint Glass Vases so your gorgeous new finish STICKS and STAYS PUT while you showcase these beauties.
It’s also Trash To Treasure Day! I’ve included links to my T2T crew’s makeovers below and I can’t wait to see what they’ve done this month. There before pics look interesting!
Here are the inexpensive thrift glass vases I started with. I’ve collected so many of these thrift store vases over the years.
Here’s my new faux Pottery Barn terracotta paint finish! What do you think?
I used kitchen items we ALL have on hand I used to create this look!
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HOW TO PAINT GLASS VASES
I find the key to painting glass is getting the paint finish to STICK. Here’s what I use…
I cleaned these glass vases with vinegar and water to get any grease, dirt, and dust off them. A regular wash with Dawn dish soap (or any soap) would have done the trick as well.
The key to painting on glass is this Slick Stick. This is a bonding primer for glass, plastic, laminate, metal, tiles, and pretty much anything with a super slick surface. And you can’t get slicker that glass, right?! Once it’s primed with Slick Stick you can paint any faux finish you like.
To get a faux Pottery Barn stippled finish I used what I had on hand — Baking Soda. Back in 2013 when I was mixing my own Homemade Chalk paint, I compared four different ingredients to make my own inexpensive chalk paints. Baking soda was my least favorite because it gave me the roughest finish… perfect for this faux Pottery Barn finish!
I applied a basecoat of this Fluff mixed with Baking Soda using this chip brush. I wouldn’t recommend using your good paintbrushes for this because it can harden quickly and may ruin them. Check out all this gorgeous texture!
To create some old patina on all this texture, I dabbed on some of this Manatee Gray in random spots. You can stop there because it looked great! But I wanted a little more depth so I took an artist’s brush and dabbed on a little bit of Gravel Road to darken it up. Small acrylic-size craft paints would work perfectly for this as well because so little is needed!
TERRA COTTA PATINA
To create a terra cotta finish, I used CINNAMON! I got this idea from Christina at The Reclaimed Heirloom when she transformed a vessel lamp into a DIY Restoration Hardware lamp. Her projects and furniture are gorgeous so be sure to check out her Youtube Channel here.
I’m amazed at how well this works! And it’s the easiest thing. I sprinkled cinnamon onto my dry paint finish and rubbed it in. There were a few areas where I overdid it. If this happens and it’s too dark for you, the excess is easily brushed off with a dry paintbrush.
It smells great too!
I have no idea how the cinnamon will wear over time, but I have to admit I LOVE how this all came together!
It has so much texture and really looks time-worn.
AND NOW FOR SOME TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of T2T ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
2. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
I hope this thrift makeover has inspired you to bust out your glass vases and give them a new look. I know I’ll be getting a lot more use out of mine now. Great for staging furniture and home decor.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE POTTERY BARN-PAINTED VASES. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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