DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vases
How to create three pretty vases inspired by pottery barn using thrift store finds!
A few weeks back I was shopping online for some home decor items.
Nothing special. Nothing fancy. Just a few inexpensive(hopefully) pieces for our living room.
Pottery Barn is one of my favorite places to find inspiration, and I can often find some really good deals in their sales items.
Unfortunately, that day I wasn’t having any luck and I was just about to close out of the site when these caught my eye!
Aren’t they just gorgeous? Oh my, sweet friends! I have to tell you I fell in love at first sight!
I swear I almost clicked “Add to Cart” so fast your head would have spun right around!
But then I paused and it was just long enough for my budget-conscious side of my brain to kick in and say, “Hey wait a minute! You don’t need to buy those vases because you can make something just as pretty and for WAY less money!”
Gosh darn, I hate it sometimes when that side of my brain takes over.
I mean it would have been so much easier to just click add to cart. But I didn’t.
Instead, I began to search for similar vases in hopes that I could somehow re-create those lovelies.
Unfortunately, finding matches for those vases wasn’t as easy as I thought. I literally scoured every thrift store I could find but either the size was off or the shape.
I had almost given up and then it hit me. The vases don’t HAVE to be exact!
So the first vase I purchased was this Home and Garden Bud vase. It’s pretty close to the medium size vase and it only cost $1!
The second vase much smaller but I couldn’t find anything with the shape so I chose shape over size. This vase was also $1!
I found a lot of pottery type vases that matched the largest vase perfectly but they were all too pretty and of course, cost more money. At long last, I finally gave in and just used one of my own vases that were similar in shape and height. That’s $0!
Once I had all the vases cleaned and ready to go, it was time to re-create those masterpieces!!!
Here’s what you will need!
3 vases (duh)
Spray Paint (Grey or the base- White for the pattern)
Lace (whatever pattern you wish)
The first step was to give each of the vases a light coat of the grey paint. TIP: Be careful to hold the can at the recommended distance and again do a LIGHT coat to prevent dripping! Once that coat dried I gave each vase another coat and allowed to dry overnight.
***For those of you who have a keen eye you might notice that the “after” smaller vase is a bit different than the “before” photo. You’re right!
I painted the vases outside and since it was a nice evening I left them to dry overnight. Unfortunately, the wind (or something) knocked that vase over and it fell off the table and smashed! 🙁 Since I wanted to get this project done in time I just grabbed another similar vase at our local thrift store the next day and forgot to photograph it before painting. Oops!
Anyhoo-back to the vases. It took a total of 3 light coats of paint to cover.
Next came the design on the vases. Believe it or not, I didn’t have ANY lace in my stash of fabric so I bought a small roll of it from the Dollar Store and about a half a yard from the scrap bin at a local fabric store. Both were floral patterns.
I taped strips of lace from the roll for the medium-sized vase vertically and wrapped the other two vases with the lace I picked up at the fabric store. TIP: It is MUCH easier to just wrap the vases with one piece of lace then to do it in strips!
Once the lace was tight the vases were ready for the white paint.
***This step took a bit longer than I had originally planned. Mostly because you do still have to spray at the recommended distance and also spray lightly to avoid drippage. This means you will have to remove the lace to check the coverage after the first coat, and then reapply it and paint again until you have the results you want.
Update: After three light coats of the white paint, I seriously thought I was done and was ready to wrap things up. But then I kept looking at the vases and I finally decided they needed to be a bit lighter. That’s the great thing about creating. You can keep on doing it until you get the results you want!
TIP: You can reapply your lace as many times as you like, just make sure the lace is dry and allow each coat to dry for at least an hour before reapplying.
TIP: To avoid smudges let the paint set up before removing the lace.
The vases are obviously not EXACT matches to the inspiration ones but that wasn’t the challenge. And mine still have imperfections even after the second and third applications but again, I’m okay with that. Because…well, our home, like me and these vases are not perfect!
But what is perfect is taking the challenge and re-creating inexpensive thrift store junk into something pretty to use in our home!
And saving money too! The total cost for the vases was $2.50. (Because I had to replace the one that broke). The cost for the lace was $3. Since I already had the paint and clear coat the total investment in my DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vases is a whopping $5.50.
That’s a savings of $154!!!
So yes my wallet is happy I didn’t click “Add to Cart” but more importantly, I’m happy I had the chance to be creative!
It’s what makes me OVER THE MOON happy and this kind of happy is so much better than retail therapy happy.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t be shopping at Pottery Barn or a few of my other favorite decor stores in the near future.
I’m happy. I’m not crazy! LOL!
I hope this post inspires you to keep challenging yourself and to never give up creating!
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Wishing you all a FABULOUS weekend!