How to make your own oversized matte white vase using thrift store finds! I just love how this one turned out. 🙂
This project was another example of what happens when I find myself looking for something specific, but unable to find it. Or unable to find it from a company that is either located in Canada, or ships to Canada for a reasonable rate. I was chatting with a local designer that we do photos for about some styling ideas for an upcoming shoot and one of the inspiration photos that she shared had a big, beautiful, simple white vessel full of greenery sitting on an island. I was determined to find one, but after a fairly long search, I just wasn’t able to get one in the time-frame that we needed. I couldn’t get the idea of that vase out of my mind though and I started to really want one for myself. Then I saw the perfect find one day at Value Village and all my of Oversized Matte White Vase Dreams started to come true. 🙂
Materials Needed for the Oversized Matte White Vase
First, you’ll need to find your vessel. The one I found at Value Village (which is a big thrift store here in Canada) was actually a ceramic bathroom garbage can. It was merchandised with the other vases, so that probably helped me envision it a bit better, but definitely look in the bathroom accessory section of your local thrift store if you’re looking for something similar.
The only other thing you’ll need is a good matte spray paint. This is the one I used.
The finish on this paint is absolutely beautiful. I think I would describe is as more of an absolute matte finish, rather than a chalky finish. I find I like this matte finish much better than other spray paints that are listed as matte, but aren’t really.
That’s all you need!
Painting Your New Matte White Vase
You’ll first need to clean your vase to make sure that the paint has a good surface to stick to. Dry it well and then you’re ready to paint!
Because painting white over a color can be difficult, I ended up needing to apply three thin coats of paint over my vase, but you may need less if your vase is glass or already a lighter color.
Apply two coats with the vase facing up, allowing at least 10 minutes for the vase to dry between coats. Because it was near freezing when I was doing this, I sprayed my vase outside on a board, then used the board to transport it into our mudroom to dry in between coats.
You can see that I did have some dripping due to the fact that it was super cold outside and the paint wasn’t setting exactly as it should have. Thankfully once I finished all the coats, those drips weren’t visible. Score another point for this spray paint!
For the final coat, turn your vase over before you begin spraying to make sure the you get every angle and curve completely covered.
Fill your vase with greenery or flowers and enjoy! If you’re using an unconventional vessel for this like I am and you aren’t sure of its watertightness, just use a smaller glass vase liner inside to hold your water.
What do you think of all the matte ceramics that have been so popular lately?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.