How to Easily Update a Thrift Store Vase

Today, we’re excited to share how to easily update a thrift store vase.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared various projects we’ve recently completed from my childhood home, Loblolly Manor. Some of my favorites have been the bookcase my dad built from two columns, the progress we’ve made on the master bedroom, the progress we’ve made on the entry and of course all of the updates we’ve made so far to the laundry room for the One Room Challenge.

As you guys know, things have been a bit busy for us lately as we continue our work from Loblolly which is a few hours from our primary home.   In fact, we’ve been building, painting and moving so many different pieces of furniture around, I told Team Crowned Goat we needed to give ourselves a break and do something easy for a change.

I picked up this vase back in December while we were at the cabin on vacation. It had pretty lines we all loved and I paid around $2.00 for the vase. Of course, the color was not ideal. In fact, someone I will not mention who said, “CoCo, why are you bringing home someone else’s bad DIY?” he he! What can I say, you guys, I see possibilities everywhere.

We’ve chosen to use shades of whites, creams, grays, camels and pops of black throughout Loblolly so I knew this vase would have to fit that color palette. I was really close to painting it in French Linen or Pure White but I realized sometimes it makes more sense to save the chalk paint (which is not inexpensive but worth the price) on projects where the paint can make a bigger impact. So, in the end I decided to use Valspar’s Color Radiance spray paint in Riviera Dune.

This spray paint is simple to use because it has both paint and primer in one can, the spray is even, doesn’t easily run and dries quickly.

As always, when using spray paint like this you need to make sure you’re painting in a well-ventilated area and are using proper caution and care.

In an effort to get good coverage, I made sure to spray all sides of the thrifted vase, from top to bottom, turning the vase, upside and down.

You’ll want to make sure you allow plenty of time to dry between coats. In total, I used three full coats of spray paint.

In an effort to bring out and play up all the pretty details, I used a wax brush to lightly apply dark wax to all the raised embellishments.

My only caution for this step is to make sure you use a light touch as there were times when the dark wax flaked off onto the vase. You can read all about how to clean your wax brush here.

We haven’t decided where exactly we’re going to use this thrifted vase but while I was working at Loblolly the new shower curtain arrived so we decided to stage the vase in the master bathroom for now.

Can you guys believe this $2 thrifted vase started out brown? Me either!

I know I say this all the time but I swear the power of paint never ceases to amaze me.

If you find yourself too busy to complete big projects like painting furniture or creating a room refresh, make sure to look for something like this at your local thrift store, yard sale or charity shop.

Thrifted vases like these are relatively inexpensive and can be easily updated with just a few coats of spray paint.

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share how we repurposed a broken mirror into a menu & message board at Loblolly. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I remember seeing that brown vase in one of your Friday posts being surprised you brought it home too. It’s really pretty now. The transformation is beautiful.

    1. I appreciate that, Sarah, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  2. CoCo, the vase looks awesome! You are so right, the paint totally changed the look.

    1. Thank you bunches, Melva! We’re really excited about the way the vase came together because it was such an inexpensive change which are always fun. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  3. Laura Harrie says:

    Wow, you really proved your point with the power of paint with the vase transformation! Well done!

    1. I appreciate your sweet words, Laura, thank you so much! Hope your day was a fun one, CoCo

  4. Dear CoCo – We aren’t quite sure who gave you the bad advice 🙂 to not buy the vase – but so glad that you persevered! Great transformation and update!

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