How To Paint A Ceramic Pitcher Quick And Easy

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how to paint a ceramic water pitcher

Have you ever wondered if you could paint ceramic vases or those vintage water pitchers? You most certainly can! No reason not to paint them in my opinion. This one is not my style and it’s getting a new and modern update. More of a Farmhouse Glam look. I can’t wait to show you how I did it.

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How To Paint Ceramic Vases Quick And Easy

How to update and paint ceramic vases quick and easy.

Supply List: What You’ll Need To Paint Ceramic

Prep Before Painting Ceramic

Alway apply a bonding primer to a slick surface before painting. This will allow the paint to adhere to the ceramic properly.

Let’s get started! First, you will need to clean your ceramic vase/pitcher well. Use a mild soap and water and rinse well. Next, apply a bonding primer to the slick surface. This will allow the paint to adhere to the ceramic properly. 1 coat of the primer/bonder will do the trick.

I did not paint the complete inside of the vase/pitcher. Only just inside enough that the paint line could not be seen from outside. This will also allow the vase/pitcher to hold water for fresh flowers if you chose. 

Painting Ceramic

Apply your favorite color of chalk mineral paint to the ceramic vase/bowl after using the bonding primer.

Next, chose a color you love. I used chalk mineral paint for ease of use and I’ll be showing you a cool trick that involved a drippy modern look. Chalk Mineral Paint can be used in many ways to create unique and stylish looks on your home decor. Apply 1-2 coats depending on the color you choose. Lighter colors may need two coats. Allow drying completely before this next step.

Creating A Design On The Vase/Pitcher

How to create a modern design on a painted ceramic pitcher.

For this design, chose a lighter complimentary chalk mineral paint color that you love for the painted ceramic project. Paint around the base of the vase/pitcher about 1/3 from the bottom. It doesn’t have to be full coverage. Just get it on there.

Mist over the painted ceramic pitcher with water to create a drippy effect. This is fun!

Next, while the paint is still wet, use a spray mist bottle with water and spray directly over the wet paint on the painted ceramic and watch the magic happen! This is very messy so make sure you have a good surface and plenty of paper towels on hand.

I used a metallic gold paint to create this look on this painted ceramic pitcher.

Next, repeat that step with another chalk mineral paint color. I chose Metallic Gold for this one. OMG! I’m in LOVE.

Sealing The Painted Ceramic Vase/Pitcher

After painting the ceramic pitcher, I sealed it with white wax. What a cool look!

Allow the painted design you created on the ceramic vase/pitcher dry completely overnight. Next, apply wax over the whole project and buff off with a soft cloth to seal and protect your newly painted ceramic vase.

The End Results

This turned out so well! From Grandma's style to a more modern and update look on this painted ceramic pitcher.
I'm pretty sure I'll never pass up another vintage ceramic pitcher when painting the cermaic turns out this well.

And… the bowl can be used separately for displaying florals or other items of home decor. BONUS! This will be a great addition to my staging decor items for my furniture makeovers too. So, whatcha think? I’d love to hear your opinion on painting ceramic vases.

I know some don’t always agree with paint, but I believe it’s better to salvage than filling up our landfills and who doesn’t love a good home decor hack. Here’s another home decor project with an old picture frame. It’s a great way to layer your home decor on your walls.

Until the next project… xo, Do

How To Paint A Ceramic Pitcher Quick And Easy



  1. All that I can say is WOW!! The vintage water pitcher turned out amazing! I am a fairly new subscriber to your blog and I am so happy to have found you. I love reading your blog and you have given me so many ideas for projects that I would like to try for my own home, when I can find the time. You work is simply beautiful!!

  2. Hi Do! It definitely looks more modern now. I love that you added the gold metallic. You really know how to think outside the box.

  3. Hi Do , I just recently found your inspiring blog! I have an old vase gifted to me by my aunt because my mother had given it to her as a wedding gift. It’s beautiful and has such an interesting shape, but out/dated! Now I know what to do with this piece to keep it in the family, but with a more updated look! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jeanne! I’m so glad you found me. It’s a great way to update those old vases. Endless possibilities. I’ll be sharing even more fun DIY ideas in 2022. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚ xo

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