Painted Ceramic Vases

3 Materials
1 Hour

Have you heard of "Trash to Terracotta"? Geneva Vanderzeil from Collective Gen created a paint and baking powder recipe to transform old vases into textured ceramic beauties. I've seen people try either baking powder or baking soda (it's understandably easy to confuse the two) as this technique gained popularity on Instagram. I stayed true to the original recipe and used baking powder, but use whichever works for you!

I started with 7 pieces then started grabbing everything in sight once I saw how well they turned out!

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Mix paint with baking powder

I mixed several interior matte paint we had leftover from previous projects. Stir in the baking powder until mousse consistency. Don't be afraid to add more if you'd like more texture!

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Paint the old pieces

I did 2+ layers on each vase. You can add as many layers as you'd like. Make sure to add more baking powder if you want a thicker consistency!

The Final Product

I love how they turned out! Would you give this a try?

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2 questions
  • Diane
    on Sep 29, 2020

    Why use baking powder? Could achieve the same result with paint alone. Aren’t you afraid the baking powder will grow mold or attract insets?

    • Home by Heena
      Home by Heena
      on Sep 30, 2020

      The baking powder creates the textured, ceramic-like finish! And no, I am not concerned about microorganisms or pests growing on my vases 😊

  • Luna
    on Sep 29, 2020

    Nice, but why baking powder specifically? Seems unnecessarily expensive when baking soda, gypsum or chalk would do, as this seems like a version of homemade chalk paint.

    • Luna
      on Oct 1, 2020

      Sure, but I was wondering about the differences and/or (dis)advantages of each mixture. Maybe someone who has tried different methods can share the results.

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  • OTY
    on Sep 30, 2020

    You did a beautiful job of upcycling and your display is really chic. Very clever and cheap.

  • Tonya
    5 days ago

    So pretty! Imma try this soon?! tfs

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