DIY Artisan Vase

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For this month’s thrift store makeover, I turned a glass vase into a DIY Artisan Vase! I can always find glass vases at my local thrift store, so I figured I try to give it an updated look, and I love how it turned out. This is an easy DIY project to do and it creates a beautiful artisan look.

DIY Artisan Vase

This is such a fun project that you can do pretty quickly. You can get that artisan pottery look, like I love at Pottery Barn, with a budget price tag! It’s a great addition to your home decor and for now, it’s found a place on my mantel.

Clean And Prepare The Thrift Store Vase

Here is the glass vase that I started with.

It looks like it was used in a floral delivery with the floral tape around the top. This vase was definitely dirty! I rinsed it with water first, then just used a paper towel soaked in white vinegar to clean it. You could also use rubbing alcohol to help clean and to remove any sticker or sticky residue that might still be stuck on the glass. Let the glass dry completely before moving to the next step.

Gather The Materials

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  • glass vase
  • baking soda
  • chip paintbrush
  • acrylic paint in the colors you want
  • paper plate

I wanted my vase to have an ombre look in the gray tones, so I used two shades of gray paint, a dark gray and a light gray.

How to Make a DIY Textured Vase

With my clean vase all dry, I started mixing my acrylic paint and baking soda. I went with a 50/50 mixture, equal parts paint, and baking soda. It will have a grit texture.

Mixing acrylic paint and baking soda

Dap the chip paintbrush into the paint mixture and then using a pouncing technique apply it onto the glass vase. I wanted the base of the vase darker.

dapping on the paint

So I used this darker paint color covering about the bottom third of the vase. Make sure to push the paintbrush into all the ridges and crevices.

Acrylic and baking soda painting

Then I took the lighter acrylic paint and some more baking soda, using the 50/50 method to create a lighter shade of the mixture. It doesn’t take much paint to do this project, so leftover paint works great. This lighter shade was a leftover sample paint I had on hand.

Adding lighter colored paint

Then I took about half of the light shade mixture and combined it with the dark shade I had used first to create a third shade for the middle section. I used the medium shade in the center section of the vase.

Mixing to create another shade
middle section

I wasn’t going for straight lines when combining the shades, I wanted them to blur together. Then repeat steps for the lightest paint color and put it on the top section of the vase.

baking soda texture vase
baking soda texture vase

This vase definitely doesn’t have a smooth finish any longer. The rough edges are what give it such a unique beauty.

Baking Soda and Paint finish vase

Let it dry completely before filling with fresh blooms or stems.

What do you put in a decorative vase?

I placed some faux olive branches I found on Amazon in my vase. I am loving them!

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    1. I’m not worried about sealing it since I’m putting faux stems in it. If you wanted to use water in it, sealing would be a good idea.

  1. I’m in awe, the makeover of this vase is stunning. I’ve painted vases, but never textured one before. I’ll have to give this a try. Great tutorial Maryann!



  2. I want to grab that vase, those olive branches, a bottle of wine and head to the Tuscan countryside! Amazing transformation! From a mundane glass floral vase! Just wow!

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