Have you guys seen the trend where people are taking sad old vases and repainting them? You just add baking soda to any water based paint to get a textured clay look. Or a terra cotta finish. It’s really pretty! So I decided to try it with my own look while replicating an expensive Anthropologie vase. Here’s my DIY baking soda painted vase.
DIY Baking Soda Painted Vase
Here’s the truth, I saw tons of bloggers try this and thought “it’s been done!” Then someone asked me to try it and I got excited- lol! I LIKE trying new things. I like taking a thrifted item and making it over. This is the perfect project to take a thrifted vase and upcycle it. So I’m putting my own spin on it.
I thought I’d combine the baking soda trend with a thrift flip AND an Anthropologie dup to make over two thrifted vases. The Anthro vases cost $86 for both and I spent $2 in supplies since I had the paint on hand. If I were to buy craft paint for this, it still would have been under $15. Not too shabby!
- Baking Soda
- Water Based Paint. I used Ultra Pure White, Shy Smile, Coral Fountain, Lamplit, Mirador, and Balboa. I used sample pots in an eggshell finish
- Thrifted Vase
- Paint Brushes
Start by cleaning the vase well inside and out.
The white paint I used was just latex paint in a satin finish. It worked great! Craft paints would be perfect for this as well. Use 1 Tablespoon of baking soda for 1 cup of paint. Start by mixing that well. FYI- 1 cup of paint was way too much for two vases. 1/4 cup would have been better.
Paint the mixture of paint and baking soda on the vases. At first I only used 1 teaspoon of baking soda and it wasn’t enough. Honestly, more baking soda is better because it puffs up and gives a really nice textured look.
You’ll know you have the right combination if you can see a thick texture where the brush strokes show and bubbles begin to form.
Next, give the vase a second coat of paint. As an FYI, this paint is SLOW to dry. It took an hour between coats. Putting it under a fan helped greatly. Even after two coats, there were still some thin spots. Since I added flowers, I wasn’t worried. But to get the matte terra cotta textured look, you might need 3-4 coats.
Another thing to know is that because the paint is so thick, it’s prone to drips. So watch for those and clean them up if a run happens in the paint.
FYI- you can be done with this step. The vase on it’s own is beautiful! And you can do them in any color you want. A whole rainbow of these would be beautiful in my humble opinion.
I pulled up the picture of the vase on my computer and had a really good time painting my vases to loosely look like the Anthro ones. Since I’m not selling these, I feel fine making a dupe. Plus since they’re hand painted, they definitely don’t look the same as the store bought ones.
Let the vase dry completely.
The texture really is good on these! I personally really love that I can use paints that match the rest of the rainbow colors in my house so they coordinate without being too matchy matchy. Anyway, I’m obviously a fan. Do you like them? Would you try adding baking soda to paint?
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