Before we jump into how amazing this technique is, let me prefact by saying I that when I saw this "faux ceramic" technique on a few blogs on Pinterest, I was super skeptical of it. It seemed too good to be true that something so simple and easy would leave such beautiful results.
I decided to test it out for you guys and holy. moly. I'm now regretting every single ugly vase I've thrown or given away because this is the perfect solution. All you need is some paint and baking powder and voila! you have a new vase that is mantle-worthy. I honestly don't know why this works. The baking powder must have some sort of voodoo magic, but it took my dollar store and Goodwill vases and made them look so high-end!
Here are the supplies you need:
Vases - if you have any old vases, then use those! If you are buying some, try Goodwill or Dollar Store.
Paint - I just picked up sample sizes of paint at Home Depot!
STEP 1: Add 1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder to every 1 cup of paint. You can always add more if you would like more texture. Note: The paint will get bubbly and puff up (it's that baking powder voodoo magic working). I just made sure I stirred it a bit before painting.
STEP 2: Paint your vases! I painted one whole coat and then waited for it to dry completely before I did a second coat. After the second coat dried, I went through and did any touch ups.
THAT'S IT. Seriously. It was the simplest of projects and left me with vases that look so high-end and worlds better. The baking powder/paint mixture gives it a texture and a more matte finish which mimics the look of a ceramic piece. One of my biggest worries was the paint rubbing right off since I put it directly onto the glass, but it sticks! It hasn't rubbed off at all!
Now go out and give some ugly vases a makeover and a new life! I can't wait to see what you do!