How to Get a Ceramic Terracotta Look on a Thrifted Vase

by April
3 Materials
20 Minutes

You can see the trend in the DIY world to paint with soda to create a terracotta effect on nearly anything. You didn’t have to ask me twice to jump on this wagon. I tried painting vases with DIY chalk paint (baking soda and acrylic paint) and going to share with you my experience of what happened.

You can find a tutorial for this DIY book art installation on my blog as well ;)

Doesn't it look gorgeous??:))
Choose a vase

The best place to find jars for this transformation would be Goodwill or some sort of thrift store where for a couple of bucks you could find some really amazing shapes of vases.

So here are the main criteria for the jar you’ll be working with – the shape. Don’t sweat too much about the color – you can transform any ugly vase with this craft.

Note* I already painted this vase on the photo for my spring mantel

Add baking soda to the paint

Stir it very well so there are no bubbles. Add more baking soda if you want more texture

It will start to bubble. You are going for a thick consistency.

Paint your soul away

Make simple strokes horizontally. I found that when you also make vertical brushstrokes it adds more of a ceramic look.

Mix different colors

I had so much fun mixing different paint colors, you can find more details about exact colors that I used on my blog.

my gorgeous bohemian mantel :)
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  • Betty Betty on Sep 29, 2021

    Can this be used in walls?

  • Angie Angie on Sep 29, 2021

    What did the baking soda do to the paint?

  • Amber Mcmillen Amber Mcmillen on Jan 16, 2022

    What colors did you mix together for that perfect terracotta color?

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  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Oct 10, 2021

    I love what you have created , those fall colors are calling to my soul as fall is my favorite season. Thank you - i'm going today to get what I need to paint my vases. Have a blessed day.

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Sep 07, 2023

    Absolutely love the colors