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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. đŸ˜‰

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. Even red I personally think it’s prettier than the expensive store vases! Love how it looked even just all white. Amazing how creative minds bring beauty out of one thing to another,Nice job!!

  2. don’t like the gold either. actually, don’t like those Anthropologie vases either..they all look “old”.. lol. Plus, it’s too big for the table.
    What I do like is your creativity. If one really needed a new vase, this may spur one to look at other vases and once again, realize what a transformation simple spray paint can do to anything!
    Your moral of the story is what makes this point a worthy note. And the vase still looks better than it did in red! ha!

  3. Much prettier painted white but I liked the flowers without the gold. That’s just me. Your makeover is a huge improvement over the red. You are a talented lady, Lauren and I am enjoying following your blog.

  4. Lauren
    I have a question when you painted your doors and used the can of H2.
    Is it ok to get it on the doors you are painting ????
    I am using it but so hard to just keep it on the Windows!!
    Thank you

    1. Yes! It just acts like a primer if you get it on the doors. Before you peel it off of the windows, just score the edges with a razor blade and it’ll peel right off without taking off the spots where you got it on the doors.

  5. Lauren, this vase is so pretty! You did a great job! Also, I think that you would love the gold leaf on the vase. Gold leaf just looks so nice and just adds that richness to an item. I like to use it.

    The picture of you and Robert is so nice.

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