Pottery Barn Inspired Ceramic Vase Makeover

Who doesn’t like a good knock-off project? I know I do, because: 1. There is no satisfaction like having the dreamy decor item you want, but without having to spend a lot of money for it. 2. It is way more satisfying than just going and buying the real deal, as there is a challenge in trying to DIY it. And oh boy…do I love challenges like that! This is exactly why I was so excited when I came across Pottery Barn’s Lilian Vase the other day: it is beautiful and comes with a matching price tag! The vase has a Mediterranean feel to it which I love, and it silently screams for a knock-off challenge…which I readily accepted!
As usual, I went to our famous junk mall (aka basement) to see if I had something suitable. After a bit of rummaging, I discovered this ceramic vase I got from the Second Chance shop (our local thrift store) a long time ago. According to its price tag, I paid a dollar for it :-) What a bargain, right? Well… maybe with its scribble-ish pattern, it wasn’t that much of a bargain. But at least it helped me not to have second thoughts about the makeover – even if I messed it up, it couldn’t look worse than it already was…hahahaha :-)
The Lilian vase had a taupish-grayish color block around the bottom, so to achieve a similar color, I mixed some chalk paint I had on hand. Then, I painted the vase with 2 thin coats of that taupish-grayish mixture I prepared.
Next, I taped a thick band around the bottom of the vase and painted the rest of the vase with 3 thin coats of my homemade chalk paint in old white (custom matched) color. Click here to get my homemade chalk paint recipe.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I prepared my stencils. I converted two damask pattern pictures into stencils.


Next, it was time to deal with the bottom of the vase, as it was in terrible shape. If I left it as is, it would scratch any furniture it would be placed on. Therefore, I cut a circle from a piece of gray felt I had on hand and spread some glue on the felt.

Then, I glued it to the bottom of the vase.
And with that, my Pottery Barn inspired ceramic vase makeover was complete. Ladies and gentlemen!..(drum roll)… I present to you my version of the Lilian vase! :-)
What do you think? Not bad at all, is it? I have to say I was worried about messing up during stenciling, but all went so nice and smooth.
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Thanks for reading!
Handan, xo

Handan & Greg @ The Navage Patch
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