DIY Plaster Vase Makeover | Brand New To Old World Style

2 Materials
30 Minutes

Joint compound takes the center stage to turn this vase from looking brand new to century’s old, with a unique old chippy plaster texture. Let me show you how I did it!I found this vase at Homegoods. I loved the shape, but didn't love the finish. At least - it didn't fit in with my European Farmhouse Kitchen Design.

Since we live in an unfinished pole barn home, we built ourselves, there are plenty of construction materials to pull from! I grabbed a box of our joint compound, and began playing with a new finish.


I just used some latex gloves and my hands to wipe it all over the vase. You are seeing my first layer here, but I did end up adding one more heavy layer, in more of a slapped on and glooby texture. I knew I would be sanding it down but wanted a whole lot of texture!


Once the joint compound was very dry, I took it outside and sanded it down until it was as smooth as I wanted, and with enough remaining texture that I wanted.


I used a mixture of 3 colors of acrylic craft paint.I used a dark brown acrylic paint to cover the entire surface. I knew this wasn’t my desired finished color, but I wanted to be able to sand it down and have some dark show through.


With no rhyme or reason, I just dabbed on the other paint colors. The final step is to sand and distress, until you get your desired "old world" results.

I opted to bring it down to the plaster at the base, to make it feel like it has been weathered in water for some time. There is heavier distressing up at the rim as well, where it might have been handled more.

Perfect touch for our European Farmhouse Kitchen!

You might also like to see our new European Farmhouse Kitchen Home Tour.

And read more about our Pole Barn Home.

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2 questions
  • Kim hart
    Kim hart
    on May 4, 2020

    Can u wash this vase.?

  • Margo
    on May 6, 2020

    will it work on a glass vase? any idea?

    • Jean
      on May 16, 2020

      You could try covering the glass vase with tissue paper or paper towels glued to it with a mixture of white glue and a little water. When it is dry you can put on the joint compound.

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  • Charise.
    on Sep 13, 2020

    All I can say is: What an amazing use of corbels over your stove! Beautifully functional.

  • Iris
    on Dec 2, 2020

    Lovely technique and gorgeous kitchen! but - I mean this kindly - maybe the dustpan belongs below the apron, not above it? and, you have clearly worked hard and thought carefully about this kitchen, with great result. Just a thought - if you wipe the fry pan with a coat of oil to preserve it, the oil will eventually drip out and land on anything below it. could seep into the wall paint or the cutting board. thank you for the wonderful ideas and kitchen eye candy pic! be well. cheers.

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