DIY How To Fake Enamelware

One of the things I love about a Farmhouse American French Style is decorating with enamelware especially in the colors of white enamel and black. I’m excited to share a quick and easy DIY how to fake with paint and sharpie. If you love enamel as much as I do, then you are going to love this simple idea to achieve the look of enamelware with two easy steps.
Three ways to fake enamel on a pitcher, watering can and planter using spray paint, sharpie and embellished with black and white material
Pitcher Makeover to Look like Enamelware
First I removed the material
sprayed pitcher with Gloss Protective Enamel
Using fine point black Sharpie to outline rims and fill in handle
measured and cut a piece of black and white buffalo checked material from a tablecloth I had on hand, wrapped and tied around the pitcher.

Suggested materials:

  • Galvanized metal pitcher  (Craft Store)
  • Gloss Enamel paint  (Hardware Store)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 7 questions
  • Jennie Lee
    on Aug 20, 2016

    Do you not get that annoying metallic "bronzing" effect on the Sharpie ink? If you do, did you get rid of it, somehow? Thanks.

  • Eroque022810
    on Sep 10, 2016

    OK so I have a true enamel pot not super large 3 qts at most and I was going to donate it this weekend but now I want to keep it but for what I don't know. It's 27 yrs old in perfect condition because it has not been used. Wedding gift. What are some suggestions other than as a plant pot? The lid is also very cool and I could hang that on a wall as art. So please someone answer because of you I'm keeping it a while longer,no pressure! 😄

    • Sally
      on Sep 15, 2018

      Oh . . . just LOOKED at the photos and saw that this is exactly what the original poster had done. LOL. Looks great!

  • Sal10916929
    on Oct 1, 2016

    Does it have to be enamel ware? Or can you do just glass ware?

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  • MM
    on Oct 5, 2016


  • Pj
    on Apr 30, 2019

    Easier to "enamal" if you use a foam brush. You have more control than trying to hold a sharpie to the edge of pan/pitcher, etc. This is how I do it.

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