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DIY Stoneware from a Thrifted Vase

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but suddenly stoneware vases are everywhere. Last year, I first noticed them in some of the more high end designer home stores, and when I was wandering around Target last week, the shelves were stocked full of so many cute ones.

But if you have a bunch of old vases already in your stash or you happen to snag a few cheapos at the thrift store for a buck or two, this little project is a fun one for recycling them to fit the trend.

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

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This is definitely one of those only-do-this-project-if-you-have-most-of-the-materials-already kind. If you go out and buy a $10 vase, the spray primer, the spray paint, the craft paint, and the painter’s tape,  you might as well go buy the real stoneware vase and call it done. 😉

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

What’s that saying? Why buy a $30 vase when you can make it for $200? Well, the supplies wouldn’t cost $200 but you get it, right? 😉

We luckily already had the primer, vase, tape, and craft paint.

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

I found this stone look spray paint a few weeks ago and was determined to try it out on something because it had a really cool texture.

The Steps:

1. So I dug up this plain glass vase and gave it a quick coat of spray primer.

2. Once it was dry, I gave it two coats of the stone look spray paint.

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

3. And once the spray paint was dry, I taped off the bottom with painter’s tape (it doesn’t have to be perfect since a lot of the stoneware vases have that earthy, imperfectly dipped look to them).

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

4. Then I just mixed up some light brown and light gray craft paint I had to paint the bottom of the vase.

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

Isn’t it cute?!

It’s a fun thrifty craft at least that I can’t wait to fill with colorful blooms when spring finally decides to arrive. (Please, please arrive!)

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

Next time I’m at the thrift store though, I’m totally scooping up more plain glass vases because I see them all the time. Adding that one to the always-buy-at-thrift-stores list for sure.

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How to add a stoneware look to thrifted glass vases and bottles using just paint. #stoneware #diystoneware #stonewarevase

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34 Comments

  1. This looks like the perfect way to transform the three turquoise glass candle towers I have in the living room. Thanks!

  2. This is really cute, and clear glass of all kinds is so inexpensive at thrift stores. I’ve got to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hello Lauren,
    I love your stone look vase. The second color you added to the bottom really adds the decorator touch. Great job!
    This idea took me back 20 years ago to the first home I purchased by myself. The powder room was small and had one of those terrible “Hollywood dressing room” strip lighting fixtures above the mirror. I used left over wallpaper from one of my mothers projects, ( yes, she had enough left over for me to do that small room), and I taped off the light fixture and sprayed it with a Stone look spray paint, in about the same color you used. It made all the difference in the world, and much less expensive than buying a new light fixture and hiring an electrician!
    It actually ended up being a light and airy powder room, and that little “starter home” still brings back the most fond memories!

  4. Great idea! I just put some glass vases in the donations box in my basement. I think I’ll try this with them instead ?

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