I have seen so many DIY chalk paint projects, and I figured I was finally ready to take one on…I had an old glazed ceramic vase that I knew would be perfect for the project, but I couldn’t find any chalk paint tutorials for ceramics. Furniture, glass, silver, cabinets, sure! But can you use chalk paint on ceramics?
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Yes, You Can Use Chalk Paint on ceramics
This project worked out great, and I am so pleased with the results.
Best of all, it was super easy and cheap to put together. In fact, other than the flowers (which I got 50% off at Michael’s, hooray!) I put it together using things I already had lying around the house.
What you need:
Here is what you need:
- A vase (glazed or unglazed)
- Chalk paint (mine was Annie Sloan in Old White…this project pot would be more than enough)
- A large paintbrush
- Newspapers or cloth to cover the work area
- Painter’s tape – if there are parts you want to leave unpainted
- Sandpaper – if you want to distress any parts (I used 100 grit)
Upcycle an Old Vase with Chalk Paint
I had a gorgeous red cube vase leftover from the baby shower that my fabulous neighbors threw me in Chicago…it was a dragon-themed baby shower, since my husband and I got the Year of the Dragon baby that we had been hoping for!
I wanted to paint this cube vase with white chalk paint and give it a new, fresh look for spring! So I assembled my tools and got to work.
How to paint ceramics with chalk paint
Here are all the steps to painting your ceramic piece with chalk paint.
1. Clean ceramics before you paint them
You don’t want any greasy residue or dust to prevent the paint from sticking. I used my usual vinegar and water spray and wiped the vase down with a clean microfiber cloth.
2. Tape off any part of the ceramic vase you don’t want painted
I didn’t want to paint the inside at all, so I put painter’s tape around the interior corner to prevent that. It worked perfectly.
3. Paint your first layer
Use the broad paintbrush to apply the chalk paint to your surface.
*BE CAREFUL AROUND THE CORNERS!
At the corners, the paintbrush has a tendency to catch and “flick” paint to the side. I found vertical strokes to be better.
Ask me how I know this 😉
4. Allow drying
Once the first coat is down, leave it for about an hour to dry. My vase was completely dry in about 45 minutes. It may look a little streaky…don’t worry! It will start looking a lot better with the next coat.
I used this tip from The Thinking Closet and stored my wet paintbrush in a Ziplock bag in the fridge in between coats to keep it wet and ready. Genius!
5. Add more coats of paint
Reapply more coats of paint until you are happy with the finished look, letting it dry for 1 hour in between coats.
I used 3 coats total on my ceramic vase.
6. Optional: distress your paint.
I wanted to distress the edges and corners so that the sandy color that was there previously peeked through a little.
BEWARE! Keep your vase on a newspaper or something else…distressing generates a lot of paint dust!
I was planning on taking more of the paint off, but I actually liked the slim and incomplete distressed effect! Don’t forget to remove the painter’s tape from the inside once you are done.
Hold the stems of your chosen flowers against the vase to get an idea of how long they need to be. Cut the stems of your flowers so that they will fit inside the vase.
Take off some leaves as well, if you like! I thought it looked nicer with some greenery mixed in with the flowers.
I found that the flowers didn’t stay so well in the empty vase. Some gemstones left over from several of my other projects was my solution, but you could also use styrofoam, rocks, etc.
Add your flowers
Now you are ready to put your flowers in. Stick those suckers in there! Make sure they are wedged in nice and tight!
Finally, your vase is ready for display.
I just love how this project turned out!
This is such a perfect little minimalist vase for the spring, and I can see myself switching the peonies out in the future for some succulents or maybe bamboo!
Thoughts or questions?
Let me know if you have painted any vases with chalk paint yourself and how those turned out in the comment section below!