Turn Thrift Store Finds into DIY Home Decor Using Spray Paint & Dirt!

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Goodwill Vases Spray Painted Black

Love easy thrift store makeovers?

Today I’m sharing a fun and simple DIY project on how I easily turned inexpensive thrift store finds into a high-end looking centerpiece for my dining room table! I’m hoping you’ll find some inspiration to do something similar in your home. It’s all thanks to a can of matte finish black spray paint and some wet dirt. Yep, I said dirt, but stick with me because it’ll make sense later!

black pottery vases on a table

By spray painting all of these pieces the same color, they look like they all belong together, and I now have a stylish focal point for my table. If you were to look for these at your local import store or home boutique they’d likely be so much more expensive.

As an example, I found these similar-looking black vase from WestElm.com that cost much more per vase!

goodwill pottery pieces in a shopping cart

First stop: Your Local Thrift Store!

I love thrifting in general and especially enjoy checking out the home goods area first for interesting shaped pieces to makeover. You’ll likely find lots of mismatched pottery pieces that’d be perfect for this project in most thrift stores. Mine were priced at $5 or under each, so I  invested around $12 for these pieces altogether.

You actually may already have some pieces like this floating around your home you’d like to give a makeover and that’d be a wonderful idea too!

Goodwill shelves with pottery pieces

Hip Tip: Look for pieces that have interesting shapes and textures. I think pottery type vessels work perfectly, but ceramic may be good too. Also lamps! You can definitely makeover an old outdated pottery lamp very easily with this method.

spray paint and dirt covered vases

Paint and just rub with dirt for a worn finish!

Then really all we are doing is spray painting the pieces the same color using matte spray paint. I chose black for a sleek look, but I’m sure other dark colors would look nice too.

rubbing vase with dirt

Rubbing wet dirt on the pottery before it dries will give it a more rustic worn look. I personally love the way that looks, but of course, this could be an optional step and you can stay with a simple matte finish from the paint.

dining table with black vases and greenery

DIY Matte Spray Paint Makeover


Supplies Needed



Clean each vessel well and let dry. Spray paint each piece using spray paint. You may have to do a couple coats.


Before the last coat dries all the way, grab some of the wet dirt and rub back and forth over the pottery. Rub over the details of your piece so you’ll get a nice textured look. Let piece completely dry overnight.


Once dry, come back and wipe off the excess dirt with a wet towel and clean the outside areas. Fill vases with any faux or real greenery stems. Style as desired on a table, mantel, or counter in your home.

black vases on a table with greenery

I’m so obsessed with how this project turned out!

I was initially inspired by a few posts on Instagram with before and afters of similar projects, and I’m so glad I took the time to try it for myself! I love frugal and easy to accomplish makeovers like this, don’t you?!

I think my arrangement looks pretty fancy and yet it’s from the thrift storewoohoo!

Hip Tip: Check out the faux silver dollar style eucalyptus, and faux olive leaf style eucalyptus I found via Amazon to fill my vases. I think it looks so pretty and realistic. Also, I bought this cream and black table runner from Amazon too!

vases spray painted black

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Comments 26

  1. JJ

    I LOVE this idea!!! Such a high end look!!! Thank you for these types of posts ♥️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks he stopping by! You’re welcome ❤️

  2. HBee

    Very nice! Looks great!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much!

  3. TJ

    I love it! Where did you get your greenery? Stems? Greens? What’s the word I’m looking for? 😂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Amazon – I linked them in the very bottom of post. Thanks so much!!

      • TJ

        Thanks Lina!!

  4. Michele B.

    Love! Wish I had some laying around.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Yes this was written before quarantine – so I hope you can find some afterwards!

  5. TiffMeow


    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much!

  6. thrift

    Beautiful, Lina. I’ve used sand and cream spray paint on terra cotta planters and cover plates for light switches. I just throw the sand on the wet paint. Let it dry and rub a little off. Want to try the dirt & black paint now! Thanks:)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh neat!! Yeah I bet lighter colors would be fun to experiment with!

  7. Kay

    I have a decorative box with a handle and snap. It’s unfinished cardboard. Any tips on painting it white?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Just remember to do a couple light coats and hold can further away to avoid dripping. Sounds like a fun project!

  8. jimk

    Beautiful! However if I did this I would be painted, the neighbors dog would be painted, somehow there would be paint in the bathtub.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Oh ha!

  9. acgold

    Lina, These look beautiful. I think after everyone being quarantined for so long and spring cleaning, there will be lots of home goods at Goodwill and other thrift shops!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much and YES! Great thinking- I can’t wait to go look when it’s safe. 🙂

  10. namaste

    i enjoyed making mine. i spray painted a champagne glass bottle after i removed the labels. then after i spray painted it pink, i rubbed the dirt onto it. the dirt stuck, and i did another layer of pink paint. it looks like glitter! its is now like a pinkish grey color , so vintage looking. i then taped these mini foam roses i bought off ebay to a pencil and walah ! all u see are mini roses in a pretty vintage pink vase….


    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow! That sounds super creative and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ang

    Lina I’m in love!!! I need to see ALL your projects. 😉You’re such an inspiration and love all your DIY projects. ❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks so much for stopping by with kind words Ang!

  12. Justine

    Those turned out great – you have a good eye for design!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks Justine!

  13. Leslie Ramey

    Once again, Lina, you are so talented! These are beautiful and creative! Do you have two lights over your dinner table? I’m ready to update the light over my table and looking for new ideas.

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