If you love the look of a high-end vase but don’t love the price tag, then girl! — I’ve got the DIY for you! Transform literally any vase, pitcher, lamp, framed picture — you name it! — with this fool-proof technique. I was strolling thru Goodwill when I saw it…. The most hideous fuchsia vase with the perfect shape. It was thrift store gold! Keep reading to see how I transformed it into a DIY Stoneware Vase.

What You’ll Need:

How To:

Step 1: Clean up your vase. You’ll want a nice, clean surface for your joint compound to adhere to.

Step 2: Lay down a large trash bag over your work surface and get on your rubber gloves.

Step 3: Time for the fun part — Using your hands, slather on that joint compound. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just get in there! I tried to apply it pretty messy to give it more texture. Let it completely dry (I waited overnight), then repeat with a second layer.

Step 4: Sand any sharp bits. I actually went over most of the vase lightly with sandpaper, but leave as much texture as you want. Now, time to paint!

Step 5: I used a sample of Sherwin-Williams paint in the color Caviar for my base. Any paint will do! The joint compound will cause the paint to ‘bubble’ a little — At first, I used my paint brush to push the paint down into the little bubble cavities, but then I decided I liked the look it gave. Totally up to you.

Step 6: I wanted to add more warmth and dimension, so I dabbed some brown paint on with a paper towel (super sophisticated technique). I also sprinkled/rubbed on some flour for a more ‘aged’ look. You should have seen me in my kitchen in my rubber gloves dabbin’ and throwing flour like a mad scientist, lol.

BUT I think it came out pretty good for my first time using joint compound. Whatya think? Would you try this?

**See a timelapse reel of this project here.

I love how this DIY Stoneware Vase turned out and how fun it was. Quite the transformation for $6! Definitely trying again. Let me know if you try this, and give me a follow on Instagram + Pinterest for more projects like these.

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