Hi friends! Today I’m sharing how to create your own aged stone vase or vessel with spray paint and mud. The finished product looks like stone or cement! Have you been following the DIY found pot trend on Instagram? I had to try it for myself, and wanted to share my experience. The earthy, weathered texture adds character to your decor and helps create the designer look on a budget. You can also use this “mud vase” method on planters, lamps, bowls, etc to achieve an organic modern look. Let’s get started!
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Vintage Stone Vase Inspiration
Aged ceramics are a pretty big trend in design right now. I love the texture and interest that these pieces add to a space! Here are a few inspirational photos from designers I love: Studio McGee / Amber Interiors
The originator of the DIY found pot was Jaci.Daily on Instagram. She came up with the idea, I’m just trying it out and sharing my experience! Jaci has highlights saved and so many of beautiful photos as well, so be sure to check out her feed. Since then, I have loved watching friends try out this tutorial on vases, jars, lamps, and planters. So, I just had to try it too!
Before: Inexpensive Ceramic Vase
Here is a look back at where my vase began. It was a Homegoods find, and I styled it for my simple summer tablescape last year.
More recently, you saw this vase dressed up with a few coats of matte black spray paint in our spring home tour. It was getting closer to the look I wanted, but still needed a little love.
After: Designer Dupe Aged Stone Vase
Here she is in all of her aged, weathered glory! Will we look back at this trend one day and think, that was weird? Probably. But right now, I love it. Especially since our home is a new build, I am always working to add pieces with character and texture. I love the earthy, vintage look of the vase and how it contrasts with all of the clean lines here.
How to DIY an Aged Stone Vase or Vessel
- Select your vase, pot, or lamp base. If you do not have one already, thrift stores are a great place to look! My vase is ceramic, but I have seen this technique used on glass as well. Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
- Spray with primer. The one I used is technically a combination of primer and paint. Spray in a well ventilated area and follow the directions on the can. You may need a few coats. Allow to dry.
- Spray with a textured spray paint. This is my secret step! If your vase is smooth, and you would prefer a rough, aged look, use a textured spray paint. Spray in a well ventilated area and follow the directions on the can. This creates a speckled, textured surface. You may need a few coats. Allow to dry.
- Next, make some mud! Go out in your yard with a disposable plastic cup or bowl and collect a handful of dirt/clay/mud. In my yard, all we have is clay. Water it down if necessary and squish it around until you have a muddy liquid. Wear gloves if you would like 😉
- Coat your vase with mud. Using a gloved hand or a paintbrush, rub the mud mixture all over your vase. Don’t worry if it looks uneven, because it’s supposed to look old and dirty! Allow to dry.
- Using a dry cloth or paper towel, rub off excess mud. You can also use a damp cloth to smooth it here and there. It is up to you how much dirty and weathered you would like it to look.
- Style with greenery and enjoy your new stone vase! And the extra cash in your pocket since you saved a lot using this DIY!
A Few Spray Paint Options
Don’t Want to DIY?
If you love the look but not the process, here are some pretty options:
Black Vases and Planters
Cream Vases and Planters
Ceramic and Cement Lamps
Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! What do you think of the aged stone vase trend? Will you try this tutorial?
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