Easy DIY Vase Updates
These DIY Vase Updates are so fun and easy to do! I had so many plain glass vases just taking up space in my pantry!
I decided to use plain glass vase and turn them into something I could use with everyday decor. To start, I grabbed three vases and planned out three difference techniques to try and find a favorite. However, I did want some different finishes as well so really was hoping each one looked great!
- Paint (Vase #1)
- Baking Soda (Vase #1)
- Flour (Vase #1)
- Joint Compound (Vase #2)
- Dirt (Vase #2)
- Spray Paint (Base color & Textured) (Vase #3)
- Paint Brush
- Putty Knife
Vase One: The Baking Soda Vase
For this vase I decided to use a method that I had previously used to create some Halloween decor. Last Fall I created this terracotta pumpkin and I loved the way it turned out. So this was a familiar method, however, instead of the terracotta coloring I decided to use a black paint.
First painted the vase with just the black paint and allowed it to dry.
Then I mixed about 1 cup of paint with 1/2 cup of baking soda. The more baking soda you add the thicker the paint and the more texture.
Once I was happy with the consistency of the paint I covered the entire vase. I worked the paint in a circular motion around the vase to give it more of a pottery look.
Next, I used a dry paint brush and dipped it into some flour. With the paint on the vase almost dry, I then dusted on some flour to give it the washed, age look. You can skip this part if you just want the texture without the dusting!
Vase Two: The Mud Vase
This vase was an emotional roller coaster! But I kept working through it and I love how it turned out!
For this vase I decided to use a joint compound as the base of the finish.
I mixed about 1 cup of joint compound with 1/4 cup of water and then added about 1/2 cup of dirt. Seriously, just dirt from my garden!
Then, I just layered the mixture onto the vase. (And questioned every idea I ever had!) It really just looked like my kids covered it in mud! I left it over night to dry.
Once it was dry I decided to sand down the sharp more pointed parts on the finish.
When I was happy with sanding, it was then time to paint!
To paint this vase I used a dampened sponge. I started with a white paint (SW Westhighland White) for the base layer and fully covered the vase. Next, I used a light tan (SW Chopsticks) and lightly sponged over some of the more raised spots. And lastly, I used a darker tan (Behr Basketry) and even more lightly sponged some of this color on to finished this vase.
You could do this in any colors you’d like! I used paints that I had on hand and went from the lightest color to the darkest, but you could also go from the darkest color to the lightest!
Vase Three: Textured Spray Paint
This was the easiest of the three vases but was also the most expensive option. I love this textured spray paint and all the options there are to use it but it does come with a bit of a price tag.
For this vase, I started with Rust-Oleum Stain spray paint in the color Heirloom. I covered the entire vase in this base color.
Once the base coat was dry, I then went back over the vase with Rust-Oleum Textured spray paint in the color Desert Bisque.
I used a dry paint brush to go over the textured spray paint to create some flaws in the finish. This is definitely just a preference.
I am so happy with how each of these vases turned out! Each one is different and works perfectly on bookshelves or in entry way either with or without flowers! I love being able to use these vase everyday instead of just storing them in to top of my pantry!