DIY Terracotta Paint Hack – How you can Upcycle Outdated Vases


For those who requested me six months in the past the place my DIY challenge inspiration got here from, the reply could be fairly apparent: Pinterest, YouTube, and DIYers I comply with on Instagram. Now, with the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic, an sudden chunk of time at residence, and a need for escapism, I’m huge into TikTok. Like, actually huge.

I’ve discovered a ton of ingenious concepts on the app. Whereas my roommate or teenage brother possible have a very completely different trying feed, mine is loaded with residence decor suggestions, cleansing hacks, and all issues group. It’s, in fact, additionally how I discovered the magical little equipment that’s the Bissell Little Green Upholstery Cleaner.

My new favourite discovery? A nifty little trick to show mismatched glass, plastic, and ceramic gadgets into textural “terracotta” pieces that seem like they’re plucked proper off the window show of your favourite residence retailer. What’s even higher? The method couldn’t be easier—and the payoff is big.

Assorted containers seeking a brand new life.

Picture by Caroline Mullen

…And now utterly unrecognizable.

Picture by Caroline Mullen

What you will want:

  • (Roughly) 220 grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint (I used this terracotta color, this off-white, and a mixture of the 2)
  • Baking soda
  • Cups to combine in
  • Paint brushes
  • Assorted ceramic, plastic, metallic, or glass objects

What you will do:

  • For those who’re working with plastic, or something that already has a end, you’re going to need to tough the floor up a bit with sandpaper to make sure the paint sticks. This isn’t an actual technique, simply do your greatest to offer the merchandise a scratched-up texture.

  • Combine your paint to the colour (or many) you need. I went with three: a traditional burnt orange, off white, and a mixture of the 2.

  • Add baking soda to your paint—I used a 1:1 proportion, however the consistency is basically as much as you—and stir till the combination is totally integrated and a bit bit fluffy (science!).

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  • Give every of your items a primary coat and allow them to dry utterly. This drying step is much more essential than typical, as a result of the moist paint and baking soda combination lifts off very simply if it’s nonetheless moist. You’ll comprehend it’s utterly dry when it’s matte and a lighter hue than once you started.

  • Add a second coat, and a 3rd in case you want it. The items I labored on solely wanted two coats, because the combination was thick and fairly high-coverage.

Picture by Caroline Mullen

Keep in mind: Be mild together with your completed items. I discovered that they chip comparatively simply, however the ease of this challenge (and subsequently any touch-ups) made it completely price it. It’s additionally price noting that this isn’t a food-safe challenge, so any painted gadgets ought to be used for ornamental functions solely.

Are you a TikTok DIY fanatic? What initiatives have you ever been tinkering with? Inform us within the feedback beneath!


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