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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
Gather Your Supplies
- Thrift Store Vases
- SLICK STICK (bonding agent for slick surfaces)
- Synthetic Paint Brush
- Plaster of Paris (drywall compound)
- Craft Sticks
- Pine Cone
- Coffee Bean
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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