Okay - so I know my last DIY was a vase transformation. Am I sorry? Uh, N.O.
This vase transformation was definitely in my head for MANY months now as this particular project was trending for awhile last year (baking soda paint transformations, anyone?)
HOWEVER - another fellow DIYer here in NL approached me to participate in a DIY baking soda paint vase transformation duo challenge AND I COULD NOT SAY NO. I mean, it's seriously one of the cheapest & easiest vase DIYs I've tried so far - and the results speak for themselves! (Literally cost me LESS than $5!)
A huge shoutout to Heather at www.newfoundexplorer.com for including me in this DIY challenge! Head to her site/Instagram (@newfoundexplorer) for some more amazing DIYs & inspiration!
What you'll need
Firstly, you'll need to gather the following items:
A thrifted or dollar-store glass/ceramic vase
Black & white craft paints (I got mine at the dollar store!) P.S. avoid any oil based paints and stick with acrylic/water-based!
Old plastic container
Steps to complete
Add your white & black paints to your container. To make a lighter grey shade (such as concrete) be sure not to add too much black to your white paint.
2. Mix until you get the desired shade
3. Add equal parts baking soda and mix through.
Note: I did NOT measure my baking soda - I simply eyeballed it and made sure the consistency was that of wet sand. It shouldn't look clumpy, but instead thick & grainy looking.
4. Start painting! Be sure to lay down some newspaper (as it will get messy!).
5. Once your first coat is complete, allow to dry before finishing a second. I do recommend a second coat as for a concrete look, you want it to appear rough & textured. Also, if your vase is glass and see-through, you'll want to be sure to cover up any areas where you can still see through it.
6. Apply your second coat once the first is fully dry.
Note: My first coat did not take very long to dry (perhaps 1 hour, IF that!)
Once all the coats are finally dry - it's time to show off your beautiful new "Hey look, I actually painted this myself even though it looks like I bought it on Pottery Barn" vase!
('Cause seriously - if you can manage to make your decor look like ya paid $79.99 for it at Pottery Barn... then girl, bravo)
If you've completed this awesome DIY - I want you to let me know! Send me a DM on Instagram (@thisismemerisalee) and show me how yours turned out!
There are also variations of this project that you can complete to make your vase look like terracotta (using oranges & red colours rather than the grey concrete look) - so I think next time, imma try that instead!
ALSO - this ain't my first rodeo, or, should I say, vase transformation! Be sure to check out my DIY "aged" stone vase tutorial as well!
Until next time guys, happy DIYing!