Why spend a fortune on new high-end vases when you can get the look for less? Head to your local thrift store, Hobby Lobby or even Walmart to grab some inexpensive glass vases and you can easily transform them from plain to expensive looking decor.
- Chalk Spray Paint
- Latex Paint
- Stone finish spray paint
- Baking Soda
- Adhesive Pearl Stickers
- Wooden Dowels
- Various Vases
- Painters Tape
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint Brushes
Faux Clay Vase
I’m sure you’ve seen this hack before, but it’s still worth mentioning! Mixing baking soda and any spare latex paint you have lying around yields a beautiful textured faux clay looking vase.
First you will mix your baking soda into your paint in a close to 1:1 ratio. I put slightly less baking soda than paint in, but you want the mixture to be thick and foamy for the best texture. It will go on thick and then you can decide which direction to put your brush strokes. You can choose to go all in the same direction, but I prefer to mix up the direction to get the closest to a faux clay look.
Matte Chalk Finish Vases
This one is the easiest! All you need to do is grab some chalk finish spray paint, clean your vases and spray in a few light and even coats! Easy Peasy!
Two-Tone Stone Bottom Vases
Now, if you want to take your chalk painted vases to the next level, all you have to do is grab some painters tape, tape off the bottom of those painted vases and then grab some texture stone finish spray and spray the bottom! Then before it is completely dry, peel the paint and you have some beautiful two tone vases. Grab a smaller vase and spray the entire vase in the stone spray and you will have a gorgeous vignette of three vases perfect for any space.
For this vase, simply grab one of your chalk painted vases and simply cut a piece of cane to the same height as the vase and then cut the length to the circumference of the vase. Then simply hot glue the cane onto the outside of the vase and you are done!
Faux Stone Vase
This one takes two steps but it is still so easy. Simply spray your vase with a chalk spray base, wait for it to dry and then do several thin layers of your stone spray. The stone spray is not opaque, so that is why you will want to paint a base on the vase as the first layer.
Textured Dowel Vase
Head to your local Dollar store or Walmart and grab a bunch of packs of wooden dowels. If you don’t want to have to cut them down to a specific size, Hobby Lobby sells 12″ tall vases (wait for them to be 50% off!) so you won’t have to cut them! Just make sure the first dowel is straight up and down and then get to gluing! Glue them all the way around the vase. You can leave the vase with the natural color of the dowels, or you can paint it! I chose to paint it with my black chalk spray paint to get a chic textured vase.
Faux Hobnail Vase
For this vase you will need adhesive pearl stickers. The adhesive that came on the pearls did not seem like they would hold so I also used Gorilla Glue to adhere them to the vase. Hot glue would also work! After the glue is dry you can paint the vase with a spray paint, but I chose to use a chalk paint that I applied with a brush.
These are just some of the ways you can upcycle a vase, but I’m sure there are a ton more! Let me know in the comments which is your favorite! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest!