How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds

Buckle your seatbelts, y’all! You’re about to witness the simplest Bless’er House post ever.

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You ready for it? Spray paint. The end. Thrift store pitchers everywhere lived happily ever after.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself like I always do. But this is one of those simple tips that comes in handy a lot when I’m out thrifting and I thought I’d pass it on.

I don’t know about y’all, but I lurrrrv ironstone. If you don’t know what that is, search “ironstone” on Pinterest, and then basically you can expect to drool on your keyboard. Or at least I do. Boy, that’s a gross image.

Ironstone is (as the ever spectacular Miss Mustard Seed puts it) a glaze-covered earthenware- gravy boats, pitchers, soup tureens…all that jazz. Some pieces sell for hundreds each! And sometimes, you can get lucky and find pieces for fairly inexpensively. But apparently, I live in the ironstone desert because I never find it in my budget. (And by budget, I mean like $3 ’cause that’s how I roll.)

So here’s what I do instead to fake the ironstone look:

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Whenever I visit my neighborhood thrift store, I find ceramic pitchers almost every time. The ones I happened to take a before shot of this time around were actually pretty nice as-is. But others I’ve found have been wild and crazy colors with all sorts of patterns that don’t really fly in my house.

Since I only use “ironstone” to decorate with and not to drink or eat out of, I use almighty spray paint. The Rustoleum Gloss White kind to be exact.

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I spray three light coats to prevent the paint from getting splotchy and drippy. I can’t even tell I’ve spray painted it!

Once they’re dry, I put them everywhere. I have several “ironstone” pieces in our china cabinet.

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

It’s my favorite thing to change out with different flowers and greenery for the different seasons. I used it all over the place in the fall tour back in September.

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

For Christmas last year, I made a centerpiece out of a spray painted $2 pitcher with a few trimmings from our tree and thrift store books. El cheapo, baby!

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

Olivia’s room has a couple of “ironstone” pitchers with pink flowers too.

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

Her pitchers make appearances at the occassional teddy bear tea parties. The girl’s got style, what can I say?

How to Fake Ironstone from Thrift Store Finds | blesserhouse.com

So now you know. I’m a fake…at least in the ironstone department. Have you ever tried this trick yourself before? Or have a favorite thrift store treasure that you’re always on the hunt to spray paint? Although if you shared what it was, I guess we’d have some fierce thrifting competition, huh?

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22 Comments

  1. Yup. Love it. I’ve done the same thing myself. I come by it honest though. The family saying was ‘don’t stand still long or Mama will paint you, sew a slipcover on and rearrange you’. My Mom was just like that~~before there was a Martha Stewart or any that came after her.

  2. The simplest projects are the most fun. I wrote a post about the magic of a can of white spray paint because it is amazing what you can transform just with a can of spray paint! Love it!

    1. This one is my favorite! High gloss white vases would be beautiful too. I bet they’d look like vintage milk glass.