Get Pottery Barn Vibes on a Budget with This Thrift Store Makeover!
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Instead of paying over $100 per vessel, paint pottery with spray paint and dirt as a thrift store makeover for an expensive “old-world” look.
Does anyone here love an easy thrift store makeover like me?!
If so, I’ve got a fun DIY project idea anyone can easily do at home! A couple of years ago, I turned $12 worth of mismatched ceramic pottery pieces from Goodwill into a high-end-looking centerpiece for my dining room table! I totally enjoyed doing this simple project and am STILL in love with how it turned out.
I get so many compliments to this day about how beautiful these pieces are everyone is surprised to learn they are from a thrift store! 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!
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.
Get this same beautiful Pottery Barn-inspired look, but use thrift store pieces to save money and recycle.
This type of old-world-looking vessel is super popular and trendy right now in home decor but can be pricey. As an example, I found this similar-looking black vase from PotteryBarn.com that costs over $100 per vase! I love my thrift store makeover just as much.
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 would be perfect for this project in most thrift stores. Mine were priced at $5 or less for each, so I invested around $12 for these pieces altogether.
Before shopping, take a look around your home to see if you already have some pieces in need of a makeover. This DIY is a wonderful opportunity to give them new life!
Tips for pulling off this pottery thrift store makeover:
- Look for pieces that have interesting shapes and textures. I think large and medium pottery-type vessels work perfectly. Also, consider lamps! You can definitely makeover an old outdated pottery lamp very easily with this method. If you don’t have space in your home, you could use this idea for outdoor pottery as well.
- This DIY project is not limited to the color black. Pick a color that matches your style and decor. I think white or beige would be great neutrals to consider as well.
- Spray paint makes this project quick and easy, but you can experiment with other craft or house paint you have on hand. I prefer using matte finish paint for this project.
Spray paint and then rub with dirt for a worn finish.
This process could not be easier and more forgiving. After all, the point of it is to not have it look perfect. I first spray painted all of my pottery pieces using black matte spray paint, then went over them using dirt. Rubbing wet dirt on the pottery before it dries will give it a more rustic-worn look.
DIY Matte Spray Paint Vase MakeoverPrint
- pottery vases or pitches
- matte spray paint (I used black)
- wet dirt
I still love 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 still have these vases years later! I think my arrangement looks pretty fancy and yet it’s from the thrift store — woohoo! I love frugal and easy to accomplish makeovers like this, don’t you?!