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Making Textured Vases With A Baking Soda Paint Mixture

Textured vases seem to be trending now. I’m not going to pay an arm and a leg for new vases so I made my own. You guys know that any type of chalk finish is flat, with no shine at all. Well, I glossed up my vases! Take a look and tell me which finish you like the best.

thrift store vases

I had no vases in my junk stash. Can you believe that?? Then at the thrift store, I really didn’t find what I was looking for but I was ready to try this texture technique. I settled for the three vases in the photo above. Three is a good number for a display and I chose vases of different heights that would work well together.

Baking soda and chalk finish paint mixture to make rustic textured vases

The textured paint mixture is a combination of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk, color Maui Sand (gray), and baking soda. The ratio is 2 parts paint and 1 part baking soda. I mixed a half cup of paint and 1/4th cup of baking soda and that was plenty of paint to cover the vases. The paint mixture goes a long way.

how to paint textured vases

I brushed on a thick coat of paint and then went back over the paint mushing more of the mixture onto the vases.

how to make rustic textured vases with a shiny or gloss finish

The photo above shows how the vases looked before the paint dried. I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the amount of texture. The paint seemed to flatten out some when it dried. When I think texture I think TEXTURE!

how to make textured vases using baking soda paint mixture and then finish with a clear gloss sealer
How to make textured vases using baking soda paint mixture and then finish with a clear gloss sealer

I took photos of the vases with the flat finish and wasn’t sure I liked the look.

how to make trendy rustc looking textured vases with paint and baking soda

Then I cut some greenery from one of my neighbor’s bushes ( this will be our little secret) to fill the vases. I think I’ll shine the vases up a bit.

Minwax gloss sealer for vases 

I applied one coat of MinWax Polycrylic to the vases using a sponge brush. The sealer dried in about an hour.

diy glossy or shiny textured vases

And I have to tell you I can’t decide which finish I like the best. The flat look and the glossy look are certainly different. I guess the type of room and decor would dictate the finish.

diy rustic textured vases

Pin the textured vase project for later.

What do you think of the textured vases with the baking soda/paint finish? Are you for the flat finish or the glossy finish? Leave a note if you have time. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. These look amazing, definitely going to try this. Love the color, very sophisticated!

  2. I love what are doing with these vases. I prefer the matte, but I am finding myself strangely drawn to your shiney vases. You must be a witch who hath cast her “all thing shiney” spell upon me.

    Really they are truly beautiful.

  3. I like both finishes. I agree that the decor in the room and what you put in the vases would determine which finish would be better. Doesn’t Krylon make a textured spray paint? Just curious – although this method would certainly be more cost effective than purchasing speciality spray paint and wouldn’t require ventilation to accomplish! Another great post. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  4. Love these! You’re right— they’re definitely on trend. The fact that I can use what I already have in my house is a real bonus. I think I prefer the matte finish. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Love it!!! I think I have some dollar store vases to try this out on! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I can see why you can’t decide which you like best. They both look great. Going to give this a try. Thanks Kathy.

  7. I actually liked the flat finish, then you showed the glossy. I like the glossy best, but they both look good. love the ideas you throw at us, things I just would not have thought of.