Who doesn’t like a good knock-off project? I know I do, because:
- There is no satisfaction like having the dreamy decor item you want, but without having to spend a lot of money for it.
- 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. I really can’t remember how much of what I put in, but I used these three colors in that mixture: Maudi Sand, Castle and Java.
Using my favorite brush, I first painted the vase with 2 thin coats of that taupish-grayish mixture I prepared.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I prepared my stencils. I converted two damask pattern pictures (which I’ll be sharing with you at the end of the post) into stencils. Then, using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut them on repositionable vinyl.
I placed my first stencil on the vase with the help of transfer paper and started to prepare the paint I was going to stencil with. As I can’t ever distinguish dark navy blue from black, I wasn’t sure what color the pattern was on the Lilian vase. But Greg told me it looked like a very dark navy blue, so I mixed some blue and black chalk paint to end up with a very dark navy blue color.
As you can see from the picture above, I couldn’t get the stencil placed perfectly because the surface was spherical. With such a poorly placed stencil if I used a brush the paint could have bled, therefore, I used a sponge and dabbed only a little bit of paint at a time. I also made sure that I wouldn’t dab the sponge at an angle, but just straight on as shown in the picture below.
Right after I finished dabbing the paint, I quickly removed the stencil. Then I waited for the paint to dry before moving on to the second one.
One-by-one, I stenciled the same pattern three times with equal distance to each other. Once that was finished, I moved on to the second pattern I wanted to use.
Again, I stenciled the pattern with a slightly loaded sponge and by dabbing. As soon as I finished dabbing the paint, I removed the stencil and waited for the paint to dry before moving onto the next one.
Once I finished stenciling, I grabbed a can of Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Glaze and sprayed 6 very thin coats – to give you a better idea, those 6 thin coats would be equivalent to 2-3 normal coats (shown in the picture below). When spraying glaze or any type of protective coat, I prefer building up slowly with thin coats rather than spraying thick coats which could lead to running and dripping.
While spraying the vase with Triple Thick Glaze, I forgot to tape the bottom part (the taupish-grayish color block) and of course some glaze went on it and made it shiny. So once the glaze dried entirely, I gave one last thin coat of taupish-grayish paint to the bottom part of the vase.
Now that I was finished with the main work, 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 E6000 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.
Seeing the amount of beauty shots, I bet you can tell how happy I am with this one, hahahaha 😀 Only 3 more left, I promise! 😉
As promised here are the stencil patterns that I used in this ceramic vase makeover project. If you have a die-cut machine, such as Silhouette or Cricut, you can convert these pictures to stencils and use them on your projects.
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