DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vases

3 Materials
$6
2 Days
Easy

Re-purpose not so pretty thrift store vases into designer home decor!

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

I'm all about getting a little "retail therapy" from time to time. But sometimes I really enjoy some "create therapy".


Especially when I can challenge myself to re-create an inspiration piece that I find at my favorite decor store!

Source: Pottery Barn
Source: Pottery Barn

I absolutely loved these gorgeous vases I found online at Pottery Barn recently! Unfortunately the price for all three was a bit out of my budget. So I decided to try and re-create them by picking out three thrift store vases that were similar in size and look.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

That wasn't as easy as it sounds but after searching several thrift stores I finally found this bud vase that was pretty close to the mid size vase.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

And I already had this glass vase so all I needed was the small size vase.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

This one wasn't even close but I wanted to get started on the project and it was only $1 so I bought it. I guess it wasn't meant to be because shortly after I completed the first step in the project this vase had an unfortunate accident and broke so I rushed out and grabbed the first small vase I could find. **Apologies I didn't get a photo of it but here it is painted!

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

Which is the first step in re-creating these thrift store vases. Paint. I used Rust-Oleum spray primer in grey. This is how they looked after the first coat. It actually took two more light coats(drying time in between) before they were covered completely.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

Next was creating the design on the vases. To do this I picked up a small roll of lace at the Dollar Store, along with some I found in the scrap bin at our local fabric store. I cut the roll of lace into strips and taped each piece into the inside of the mouth of the medium vase and then the bottom. I simply wrapped the other two vases with the scrap lace. It didn't even require any glue or tape to hold.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

Once the lace is on it's time to spray the top coat. I used Rust-Oleum white spray paint for this step. You really need to be careful at this stage and make sure you hold the can at the recommended distance and spray lightly to avoid drips. I also recommend NOT removing the lace right away as it will smudge the paint. (See top of small vase). Thankfully, after several applications (dry time in between) I was finally able to get the look I wanted.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

Once I had the design the way I wanted and the vases were completely dry I gave them two coats of clear coat.

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds

This project was a little more time consuming then I has originally planned but in the end it was well worth it. And since I already had the clear coat and paint the total cost for the vases and lace was $5.50. That's about a $154 savings from the inspiration pieces cost!


You can find the complete tutorial over on my blog!

diy pottery barn inspired vases made from thrift store finds
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3 of 4 questions
  • Renee Lynne
    on Oct 3, 2019

    I want to try this! How did you get the lace to stay on the rounded parts of vase? I know you tape inside the vase and tape the bottom, but do the sides of the lace stick out?

    • CD's CountryLiving
      on Oct 3, 2019

      Good question, Renee!! First the lace I bought for the tall as well as small vase was cut into pieces that basically just laid over the entire front of the vase of the vase. No glue or tape required. Then when that was dry enough I removed the lace and laid it over the back side and repeated. I hope that helps!!🥰

  • Julie Foss Mora
    on Oct 10, 2019

    Wow!! Impressive !! I have several different size vases sitting a shelf in my storage room... I’m definitely going to give this a shot! I may try some different colors. Gray with purple or lavender perhaps? For my bedroom maybe!

    • CD's CountryLiving
      on Oct 11, 2019

      Thank you, Julie!! Get those vases out and have fun!!😉 The colors you’re planning sound perfect!!

  • Judy Sherley Fodor
    on Oct 13, 2019

    How did you get the lace up against the vase for spraying ?

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  • Tiffani
    on Oct 11, 2019

    I would love to try this on the babys wall around the top of the wall meeting the ceiling!! Great idea!!

  • Charise.
    on Oct 17, 2019

    I don't shop at Pottery Barn or Home Goods (...or any other store with highly priced items that look like a total DIY project...lol!), but I do love most of their pieces. The PB vases that you pictured are nice, but I'm not too partial to pieces, with images that look to "perfect". So, while I wasn't overly excited about your project, I just had to see HOW you'd emulate these vases. Boy, am I thankful that you did not succeed! In fact, you surpassed the beauty of the PB vases! I am IN LOVE WITH how abstract your vases turned out. I was worried that the lace would leave you with annoyingly perfect flowers, but creating perfect images from a lace stencil, on a rounded object, can be challenging. I am sorry, if you really wanted to achieve those exact vases, but your "Flowers in the Fog" vases are incredible and would sell out anywhere. Amazing job, ma'am!

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