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Knock-Off Painted Ceramic Bloom Vase Makeover

How to paint ceramic and use spray paint for an ombre effect + a thrifted vase gets an Anthropologie-inspired makeover.

You know what? If I had a dollar for every time I uttered the phrase, “I found this really random thing in the thrift store.” Well, I’d have enough for a thrift store shopping spree, that’s what.

#SignsIHaveAProblem

But I did… I found this vase in the thrift store last week that looks kiiiiind of like something out of The Phantom of the Opera. Robert looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wanted it. And I got a big thumbs down on Instagram when I showed it in Stories.

ceramic vase before

No one believed in this thing. Haha!

Paint fixes pretty much everything though, and I just knew this one could be really pretty with a couple cans of spray paint. And then… I found them.

Several vases at Anthropologie that looked exactly like what I had in mind… except for much more expensive because it’s Anthropologie.

Can you see the resemblance to the thrift store version from this vase, this vase, and this vase?

Here’s how I gave this one a facelift, if you have a ceramic vase needing some love.

Knock-Off Ceramic Bloom Vase Makeover

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Supplies Used:

(I thankfully already had the paint and primer in my stash… perks of being a DIY addict.)

The Steps:

1. I gave the entire vase a coat of the spray primer first and let dry.

ceramic paint vase makeover

2. Then sprayed it all over with the white paint.

3. Once the white paint was fully dry, I flipped the vase over and sprayed just the bottom third with the beige spray paint. (Hold the spray paint can at about 10-12″ away from the vase surface.) The overspray created this glazed ombre effect.

ombre effect with spray paint

4. When the entire vase was dry, I flipped the vase right side up again and used a small craft brush to apply the gold craft paint to the edges of the ceramic flowers. In hindsight, I think the gold would have looked a little better with some real gold leaf, but I’m still happy with it.

painted gold leaf ceramic flowers

Done! It’s the perfect little piece for spring and summer. But I painted it in neutral colors so that I would have the flexibility to use it any time of year, if I wanted. Capsule decor thinking over here. 😉

Painted ceramic Anthropologie knock-off vase | How to paint ceramic and use spray paint for an ombre effect + a thrifted vase gets an Anthropologie-inspired makeover.

The whole thing for the vase, paint, and everything cost about $10 which sure beat the pants off of the $40-something versions on Anthropologie.

What do you think?! I stuck it on our breakfast nook table and it’s just the cutest.

Painted ceramic Anthropologie knock-off vase | How to paint ceramic and use spray paint for an ombre effect + a thrifted vase gets an Anthropologie-inspired makeover.

Breakfast nook sources (since y’all sometimes ask):

Painted ceramic Anthropologie knock-off vase | How to paint ceramic and use spray paint for an ombre effect + a thrifted vase gets an Anthropologie-inspired makeover.

Moral of the story: Look past the color of items in the thrift store. Sometimes they just need someone to believe in them.

(If you want more ideas of common thrift store items that make beautiful decor, see them all here.)

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33 Comments

  1. An amazing transformation, Lauren! I like the coffee color you used around the bottom of the vase as I think it makes it look less top-heavy because of all the flowers at the top. If you use gold leaf on the flowers instead of the gold paint will you have to repaint them in white first? I like it like it is, but maybe if I saw it in person I would opt for the gold leaf if it gave it a classier, more up-scale appearance.

    I like the new photo of you and Robert. You are a handsome couple and it’s fun to see the guy you work with!

  2. Wonderful project! My thrifting, DIY, best friend and I call each other the “Queens of Spray Paint!” This past summer, I showed her how to give her concrete garden statuary a much richer appearance with an application of charcoal grey spray paint. I had discovered this after using the same color on a faded, resin Celtic Cross in my garden! Have you seen or used the “chalk paint” spray paint? I’ve recently seen it in the home improvement stores. Would love to know what you think!

  3. Wow, looks like you bought it that way – turned out beautiful. Love the little gold around the flowers and the two-toned colors on the vase.

  4. Love it – great eye to see the possibilities. These are my favorite kinds of updates/upcycles. If you do the gold leaf, please show close ups of the difference between the two. I’m hard pressed to see what you’ll gain. I actually love the painterly quality it has now.

  5. You definitely have any eye for things Lauren. Glad you trusted your gut instinct, the vase is beautifully transformed

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