Pottery Barn Dupe Vase

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One of my favorite things to do…and luckily my readers agree… is to knock-off styles I’ve found from high-end retailers. Today I’m going to show you how I made a Pottery Barn dupe vase out of a thrift store find!

Do you like going thrift shopping? I’ve found some great finds at my local thrift stores over the years. Sometimes there are a few gems hidden in there!!

I had a great haul last year and left with a cart full of goodies. One of the things was a kinda ugly planter..it was only a couple of bucks and I figured I could always use another pot.

Fast forward a year and it’s been collecting dust in my basement…

After taking a closer look at the planter I realized 1.) it had a great shape and 2.) I could totally cut off the ugly-rattan-whatever that was wrapped around the pot!

The pot is really heavy and well made…it just needed a little love!!

Painting the Planter

After I cut off the rattan there were markings left behind. I liked the bronze color of the vase but wanted to cover up the weird light pattern.

Using dark brown chalk paint, I coated the entire pot. Then I took a paper towel and lightly wiped off most of it.

I did that technique twice. Painted, waited a couple of minutes, then wiped off the excess. This worked to cover the bricklike pattern of the vessel.

For the next step of this project, I added an antique copper acrylic paint to the vase.

The way I did this was by first pouring a small amount of the copper paint onto a paper towel, dipping the top of a straight-edged chip brush into the paint, tapping most of the paint off before sweeping my paintbrush over the vase.

This technique is called dry brushing and will let the different tones of the vase show through.

It’s my favorite method for building detail and it gives my thrift store planter a high-end look.

Next, it was time to make a floral arrangement!

Making a Fall Floral Arrangement

I wanted to make a neutral colored floral arrangement for my dupe vase.

This arrangement uses 3 different florals: cream eucalyptus, brown filler flowers, and dried seed pods.

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, GO!! They have bunches of dried seed pods for $2.99 a bunch!! Seriously, they are 3 times as much at the craft stores!!

For this arrangement, I used 2 stems of the eucalyptus, 2 stems of the small brown flowers, and a package each of the 2 pods.

The floral stems are from Michael’s but I can’t find them on the site so perhaps they are sold out.

To finish styling my entryway table, I added a couple of vintage books tied together with a length of jute twine. On top I added a pine cone pumpkin and hammered metal candle. Also, one of my fav photos of my youngest son and myself.

On the bottom shelf I added a pretty fantasy pumpkin from Trader Joe’s ($6.99!) and a couple of vintage baskets.

You can see how I made that Fall Harvest Wreath out of the remaining flowers from my garden.

Check out my YouTube video to see me make this project!

I love Seasonal decorating! Please stop over to my site to check out all the ideas I have for Fall!

-- Jennifer

Suggested materials:

  • Thrift Store Pot
  • Brown Chalk Paint
  • Copper Acrylic Paint
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Jennifer Howard| Cottage On Bunker Hill
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  • Glenda Glenda on Oct 13, 2021

    I’m a little lost about the initial painting technique, before the copper paint. I understand you did it twice, but why exactly did you do twice?


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  • Jennyg Jennyg on Oct 13, 2021

    Love the vase and the transformation is very high-end looking. Can't wait to try this myself! Thank you 😊

  • Pat Pat 7 days ago