Faux Clay Vases: Create Stunning Black Accent Home Decor
swoon-worthy black accents using this faux clay method on any vase, canister, or lamp
Is there anything better than adding stunning decor to your home for free?
I mean unlimited ice-cream maybe, but other than that…
When the seasons change I like to subtly adjust my home decor also, but who can afford to purchase new pieces every time, not me.
So when my sister gave me a few white canisters that she no longer wanted, my wheels started spinning.
I have been swooning over Pottery Barns clay collection but my heart & wallet were not on the same page.
So naturally I pulled out some spray paint to see what I could do!
This is what my free little soon to be vases/canisters looked like before:
Faux Clay Vases
- Rub N Buff Antique Gold
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Plaster of Paris
- 120/80 Grit Sandpaper
- Plastic Knife
First I wiped down each canister with rubbing alcohol & a rag.
This is necessary to remove all the oils & will help the primer stick better.
Next, I sprayed each canister with Rust-Oleum 2x White Primer.
Just from past experience I know the less glossy the surface is the better any other material will bond to it.
After the primer dried I got to work mixing together plaster & water until the mix was thick like pancake batter.
I simply used a plastic knife (professional I know 😉) to spread my mix all over the canisters.
The plaster dries super quick so work in small batches or you will be scraping out dried chunks like I did….
I let the plaster cure overnight & then sanded down all the rough & uneven edges with 120 grit sandpaper.
Next, I spay painted them in flat black.
I let was excited to work with them so I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
Something about them I wasn’t quite loving though, they looked like my toddler made them in a pottery class blindfolded…
So I sanded them one more time this time with 80 grit sandpaper.
They were already much better & after another two coats of spray paint, they were exactly the texture I wanted!
On two of the vases I used Rub’N Buff antique gold to highlight the texture, the other two I left plain black.
They are super cute & add a hint of drama to my dining room decor!
The texture is just subtle enough & makes the pieces look high end.
I don’t think anyone would ever guess they were free farmhouse canisters originally!
But they probably wouldn’t guess that painting is actually a shower curtain, you can find that DIY trick here.
Let me know what y’all think, do you like the brushed on gold or plain black best?