DIY Pottery Barn Vase – Easy Decor Update

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Hello creative friends! I may be a little late to the party, but I just discovered Pottery Barn. I know, but I live in the country, so I don’t go to the big city very often. This is why I L-O-V-E being able to recreate some of the trendy décor styles. Today I’m going to show you how to recreate a DIY Pottery Barn vase from thrift store finds. I think you’re going to love this technique!

STEP 1: To get the texture and paint to adhere to glass and or slick surfaces, you'll need a bonding primer to get the results you want. I use a product called SLICK STICK, and it hasn't failed me yet. Apply the first coat and allow to dry for 2-3 hours at room temperature. Apply the second coat, and dry allow it to dry overnight.

STEP 2: Applying Texture To The DIY Pottery Barn Vase

Mix the Plaster of Paris and water in a disposable bowl using a 2:1 ratio. Two parts plaster and 1 part water, or until you get it to the consistency you want. Stir the mixture well until smooth. Next, you’re going to have to work fast because the plaster mixture dries fairly quickly, and it becomes harder to work with as you go, especially when you start applying it to the vase. I applied the texture with the craft stick but, you can also use a putty knife for a smoother finish. I suggest you research the patterns before starting your project to get the look you want. Get creative with your patterns.

STEP 3: Your DIY Pottery Barn Vase Is Now Taking Shape

Once you have the texture applied in the design you like, allow the Plaster of Paris to dry thoroughly. This can take anywhere from overnight to 24 hours. It depends on the environment you’re working in and how much of the mixture you applied. A controlled room temperature is best. This is important!

Now that your DIY Pottery Barn vases are taking shape, it’s time to start thinking about paint colors.

STEP 4: Adding Color To Your DIY Pottery Barn Vases

I used Cotton (white chalk mineral paint) for the paint, and then I added colors on top by layering and dry brushing to creating the Pottery Barn look.

The Final Results

DIY Artisan Hand Painted Earthenware Vases that cost a fraction compared to Pottery Barn Vases. The “real deal” will cost you anywhere from $79 -$139 per vase, depending on the style. I paid $1 each + supplies for my trio. THIS is what happens when you add texture and paint to thrift store vases. L-O-V-E

But this DIY Pottery Barn Vase is my favorite of the three. ❤ I love how the texture wraps around the vase.

On second thought, maybe I love all three together. And can I have a moment of silence for the greenery I picked up at Hobby Lobby??? It’s been so cold here lately, and I’ve been longing for Spring green… for now, this will have to suffice.

Which vase is your favorite? I’d love to hear your feedback on this DIY home décor project in the comment section below. Or say, “HEY!” I always love hearing from my readers. Follow me for more DIY home decor projects at

Until the next project… xo, Do

To see how to create your own DIY Pottery Barn inspired vases, watch the video tutorial here!

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  • D D on Feb 08, 2021

    Can you explain more about the dry brushing technique? Do you have any pics showing that process? Thanks.

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  • Kimberly Kimberly on Feb 06, 2023

    I love to see people replicate items for a fraction of the cost! I'm a thrift store junky and have to keep myself from going because I always can find more than I need or have room to store. lol

    Lovely job on the vases!