DIY Pottery Barn Vase – Easy Decor Update

DIY Pottery Barn Vase - Easy Decor Update

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Hello creative friends! I may be a little late to the party, but I just discovered Pottery Barn. I know, but I live in the country, so I don’t go to the big city very often. This is why I L-O-V-E being able to recreate some of the trendy décor styles. Today I’m going to show you how to recreate a DIY Pottery Barn vase from thrift store finds. I think you’re going to love this technique.

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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vases

You're not going to believe how I transformed these thrift store finds into DIY Pottery Barn Vases. It was super easy!

Gather Your Supplies

*Before you get started with this project, you’ll need to clean the vases with warm soapy water, rinse well with water, and allow the vases to dry. This will remove any dirt and oils from the vases and get them ready for the slick stick.

STEP 1: Applying A Bonding Primer To The Glass Vases

To get the texture and paint to adhere to glass or slick surfaces, you’ll need a bonding primer to get the results you want. I use a product called SLICK STICK, and it hasn’t failed me yet. Apply the first coat and allow it to dry for 2-3 hours at room temperature. Apply the second coat, and dry allow it to dry overnight.

Before you can DIY Pottery Barn inspired vases, you'll need to apply a bonding primer to the slick surface. This will allow the texture and paint to adhere.

STEP 2: Applying Texture To The DIY Pottery Barn Vase

Mix the Plaster of Paris and water in a disposable bowl using a 2:1 ratio. Two parts plaster and 1 part water, or until you get it to the consistency you want. Stir the mixture well until smooth. Next, you’re going to have to work fast because the plaster mixture dries fairly quickly, and it becomes harder to work with as you go, especially when you start applying it to the vase. I applied the texture with the craft stick but, you can also use a putty knife for a smoother finish. I suggest you research the patterns before starting your project to get the look you want. Get creative with your patterns.

Mix together water and Plaster of Paris for the texture on your DIY Pottery Barn inspired vases.
Add the Plaster of Paris mixture to the vases using a craft stick. This will create that beautiful Pottery Barn Inspired look.

STEP 3: Your DIY Pottery Barn Vase Is Now Taking Shape

Once the texture is applied to the design you like, allow the Plaster of Paris to dry thoroughly. This can take anywhere from overnight to 24 hours. It depends on the environment you’re working in and how much of the mixture you applied. A controlled room temperature is best. This is important!

Now that you’re DIY Pottery Barn vases are taking shape, it’s time to start thinking about paint colors.

Adding texture to these thrift store décor finds was easy! Now, it's time to add paint to these DIY pottery Barn inspired vases.

STEP 4: Adding Color To Your DIY Pottery Barn Vases

I used Cotton (white chalk mineral paint) for the paint, and then I added colors on top by layering and dry brushing to creating the Pottery Barn look.

I layered 3 paint colors over my DIY Pottery Barn Vases. The color trio consists of cotton, pine cone and coffee bean chalk mineral paint.

Watch The Full Video Tutorial HERE

The Final Results

DIY Artisan Hand Painted Earthenware Vases that cost a fraction compared to Pottery Barn Vases. Depending on the style, the “real deal” will cost you anywhere from $79 -$139 per vase. I paid $1 each + supplies for my trio. THIS is what happens when you add texture and paint to thrift store vases. L-O-V-E

But this DIY Pottery Barn Vase is my favorite of the three. ❤ I love how the texture wraps around the vase.

On second thought, maybe I love all three together. And can I have a moment of silence for the greenery I picked up at Hobby Lobby??? It’s been so cold here lately, and I’ve been longing for Spring green… for now, this will have to suffice.

Which vase is your favorite? I’d love to hear your feedback on this DIY home décor project in the comment section below. Or say, “HEY!” I always love hearing from my readers.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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26 Comments

  • I love it Do! I am 100% trying this I have tons of vases from the thrift store!

  • Ha, ha! Judith, you’re going to love this one! πŸ™‚

  • Hey!! Love this idea and something I can probably manage! They turned looking very high end!! Thanks for sharing, Do!

  • Beautiful!!! I did this on a vase last year and added some shells made from molds and it turned out really good Think I’ll make some like yours next time.

  • Spectacular! I love the look! I’ll definitely give this a try with my stash of vases.

  • Love this look, I cant believe P.B.’s prices. I just packed a box of vases for the thrift store. Not going there now, well maybe some will. I see lots of earthy colors happening, Arizonia sunsets, green foilage shades, ocean blues, so many choices. Great project for chasing away the winter blues , oh some in creams and whites with light shades of blue highlights. Can’t wait to get started. One question, do you extend the textured finish down into the inside of the vase? Thank you for this great easy project. Keep them coming.

  • Isn’t that the truth?! That’s exactly why I tried this technique out. I didn’t extend the texture beyond the lip of the vase. The only reason I would have done that is if the vase were a different color. Clear vases work the best.

    Have fun! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Great, Leslie! Let me know how it turns out. Have fun. πŸ™‚

  • I’m so glad you liked it, Karolyn. It’s not hard at all, and I think you will be surprised by the results. Keep me posted. πŸ™‚

  • Really really like the transformed vases. Gotta try that. I see great gifts. Thanks for the tutorial

  • Yes! They would make fantastic gifts. I’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Oh those were ugly vases before you turned them into something beautiful ! Love the transformation

  • Thanks, Harjith! It gives me great pleasure to repurpose. πŸ™‚

  • Hi, Do! Very fun idea! I have been looking for a pretty vase. I just happen to have several vases in my workroom. Yesterday, I was cleaning and dusting, and really thought about throwing them away, but instead, I just dusted them, thinking I might need them “one day.” I’m so glad I did. Now I know how to make my own vase! You have inspired me! Thank you so much!
    Marilyn

  • Wow what a terrific idea! I did two vases, so easy and fun. I’m going to make a few more and experiment with texture and colors. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I am seriously addicted to your site.

  • Oh, yay! I’m so glad you found pleasure in creating them. It’s a feel-good project for sure. xo πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, Marilyn! It sounds like you have the same disease I have. “I might need them one day” πŸ™‚ I’m a hoarder of good junk that I can use later. Let me know how your vases turn out. xo

  • Love these PB vessels especially the colors. What is the dark color you used? It goes great with my style.

  • I’m so glad you liked this tutorial. I’m pretty much a neutral gal myself… with a pop of color. πŸ™‚ The colors are listed in the products list in the post. You may have just missed it.

  • What a great idea. I love Pottery Barn but hate their prices so if I can find a way to recreate a look for a third of the price it makes me happy. I can’t wait to try this on some of my vases that are piling up. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this project, Kimberly. It really is simple, and I think you’ll love the results. Happy painting! πŸ™‚ xo

  • I think this is the easiest tutorial for transforming the 80’s vases to modern looking beauties!!!!
    I need to give it a try;)

  • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Maria! I’m into easy everything. I think you’ll have fun with this one and make some beautiful vases too. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ xo

  • I tweaked your idea and used DAP compound. It’s easy to mold to fingers and then I let dry, and glued shells on it and then spray painted in a teal. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • DAP is a great option! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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