Antique Vase DIY: Paint & Baking Soda

diy vintage antique old world vase painting with baking soda

Give any vase that antique look

If you’ve been looking for pots with that old world, vintage, antique style look to them, you can stop looking. You can give any vase this an antique look with just a few simple supplies and about 25 minutes of your time.

Yes. This project is so quick and easy you have to give it a try. It took me less than 25 minutes to wash and paint this vase!

Makeover any vase, including the ugly ones you never want to use

Whether you have some ugly vases lying around the house that you never want to use or you stumble across a vase for flipping while you’re out thrifting, this DIY project is sure to give any vase a total makeover. Some of the ugliest vases get a second life with this style of painting applied to them.

I found a very funky shaped vase at a Goodwill for $5 and did not like the color. Loved the shape I just thought the color was weird but I knew it would be the perfect vase for this DIY project.

Any shape pot or vase will do. Round glass, glass tubes, ribbed glass, textured glass, you name it – just try it out. It doesn’t have to be glass either, it can be any material – clay, ceramic, or metal. Pots and vases with handles look so cool with this style of painting so no container is off limits. Just have fun!

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What you need

  1. A vase of any material (I used glass)
  2. Foam Brushes
  3. Paints for multi-surface use (more on this below)
  4. Baking Soda

You only need a few supplies (listed above) for this project. First find a vase. It can be glass, clay, or porcelain. It could even be metal.

Create a space in your home for this project with a flat surface, could be a table or the floor, and get some newspaper or a paper bag to protect your surface from paint.

Find a plate, it could be ceramic, paper, or plastic and add your paints. Roughly mix the paints together and sprinkle baking soda over them and dab and pull your brush through the baking soda to mix it in, roughly, with the paints.

Follow these Steps:

  1. Wash your vase and remove any sticky residue from stickers or labels.
  2. Dry your vase.
  3. Put down newspaper or a paper bag to protect your painting surface. I use painters tape to keep my paper in place.
  4. Add your paints to a plate and roughly dab them into each other. Sprinkle baking soda over the paint. Try to match the ratio of paint to baking soda so they are 1:1.
  5. Dab away! Make sure to get at least 1/4″ of paint on the inside of the vase – you can do even more if you want.
  6. Let your paint dry and then go back in with your brush to touch up any spots you missed and add more texture and color variation where you want it.
If you look right near my brush tip, you can see how the dabs are alternating directions. Be chaotic with your dabs and have fun!

Tip: Painting Technique

If you’re a novice painter or an experienced one, it doesn’t matter. Properly mixing your paints is not advised here, you want to just dab chaotically into your paints so you have uneven globs of color on your brush – this helps create the old world and vintage look.

Avoid making strokes with the brush to cover large areas – JUST DAB. Dab, dab, dab. Dab and change the direction of your brush tip to create random texture all around. Just make sure to keep your brush wet so you don’t accidentally pull paint away when the brush becomes too dry.


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Mondo Llama Paint

This is a non-toxic, multi-surface craft paint you can use on all sorts of different projects. I used the colors snow flurry, gooey marshmallow, and wooly alpaca for my vase.

Mondo Llama Foam Brush Pack

This pack will last you awhile! Make sure to clean your brushes as soon as you finish painting so you can avoid having to throw them out and use them for more projects in the future. I used the smallest brush in this pack for my vase.

Baking Soda

Just use regular baking soda. It doesn’t matter if it’s old or new, this is just to add texture to the vase.

diy vintage antique old world vase painting with baking soda

Give it a try and tag us on Instagram!

I’m super happy with the results and love that this DIY project is quick and easy. Give it a try and tag us on Instagram to share your vase! @livinglikelacasse

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