I had this glass vase in my basement for what seemed like an eternity. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away because its silhouette was just too pretty. I knew one day, some how, I would find a use for it. Well, I am happy to report that day has come. Turns out all I needed was a little bit of paint, some dirt, and this vase was ready for a glow up.



Step 1

Clean the vase.





Step 2

Apply the chalk paint. I used Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White using a chip brush. This adhered so well to the glass I was actually blown away. I thought for sure it would chip right off once I scratched at it but nope, it was on there good. I wanted to add as much texture to the vase as possible so I applied the paint in all different directions and styles. I believe I did three full coats.

faux found antique pottery vase

faux found antique pottery vase




Step 3

Once the paint was totally dry and I was happy with the look I started to apply the dirt. I grabbed a Tupperware container, some dirt from the backyard, and added a bit of water. You want to add enough that its wet but not watery. Clear as mud? ;)

I first attempted to apply it just using my hand. It ended up being too thick and got the chalk paint too wet that it did actually take off the paint when I attempted to wipe it off ( you can see where I tested it on the bottom and the paint came off). I found the best way to do it was to take a paint brush, dip it in the mud mixture, and then gently brush it over the vase. This way, you can make it more "old" or less "old" looking as you would like.


faux found antique pottery vase

faux found antique pottery vase
(this is one pass with brushing the dirt on)



And that's it! Just three easy steps. It is such a quick and easy DIY that makes a plain, boring vase into something beautiful!

faux found antique pottery vase dirt

faux found antique pottery vase dirt

faux found antique pottery vase dirt





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  1. Can you wash the vase? Would you recommend sealing it?

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    1. Hi there! I wouldn't wash the vase if you use the paint I did. It came off easily if the mud was too wet so I assume it would do the same with water. Sealing might work though, but I haven't tried it.

      -Leah

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  2. Hello, couldn't you use brown paint instead of dirt, then seal it?

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    1. Hi! You definitely could use brown paint. I used dirt to add a bit more texture and visually it looked more "found". I didn't use sealant so I can't speak to how well that would work but I'm sure a spray sealant would be OK.

      -Leah

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