Ready to turn that old vase into chic decor? By adding baking soda to paint, you can transform an old vase into boho-style pottery with a few easy steps. This baking soda and paint technique transforms any glass container into a ceramic boho masterpiece!
We all have those items in our home that we love the shape of, but it might not be the right style or color any more. Especially if you are strapped for cash, purchasing a ceramic piece you’ve been eyeing may not be practical, but this fancy trick allows you to decorate your home on the cheap!
Even if you don’t have any “trash to treasure” pieces lying around, you can certainly find one from a local thrift store for just a few dollars!
Here’s the one that I found at Goodwill for a couple buckets. The design was outdated, but the shape was perfect for what I needed on our picture ledge shelves.
Painting a Vase with Baking Soda and Paint Video Tutorial
This technique is all the rage on TikTok! In fact, I made our own version that you can watch below as a quick tutorial on the process.
What is trash to terra cotta?
This popular painting technique is called #trashtoterracotta. The first time I saw someone do it was Geneva from Collective Gen, here’s her tips that you should definitely check out.
Basically, you paint a vase by using a mixture of baking soda and acrylic paint to transform it from trash to terra cotta!
When you find a vase you love in a thrift store (or maybe one you already have!), chances are the colors and patterns aren’t exactly what you would choose. With this technique, you can paint over the outdated (or ugly) patterns to get the color you want with the shape you love.
I used a similar technique when I made vintage pottery from upcycled vases when I added both joint compound and dirt. Both options are great, cheap DIYs!
This tutorial is for a terra cotta look with a light brown clay color. It’s definitely got a boho vibe to it! If you are looking for something more traditional, you can also transform any old vase into a new bright white farmhouse-style masterpiece.
You can also skip the paint and warm up a glass vase with an old sweater.
What happens when you add baking soda to paint?
Adding baking soda to paint creates a ceramic look and texture, much like a terra cotta pot. Basically, it creates a chalk style paint that will easily adhere to just about any surface without a lot of preparation, like sanding or finishing.
How to Paint a Vase with Baking Soda and Paint
Supplies for making a baking soda painted vase:
- Old vase of your choice – I found one at the thrift store
- Acrylic craft paint – I mixed some Orange and Beige to get this color because I didn’t have what I wanted on hand
- Baking soda
- Rubbing Alcohol
Step 1: Clean the vase.
Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the vase using rubbing alcohol. Be sure to remove any price stickers, too.
If you have a particularly stubborn price sticker, the rubbing alcohol will take the stickiness right off!
Step 2: Mix the paint.
I didn’t have the perfect terra cotta color on hand, so I simply mixed some different colors together until I was happy. To get the terra cotta look, mix orange and beige paints in a cup.
Then, add about a teaspoon (or so) of baking soda to the paint and mix well. You don’t have to measure it… More baking soda, more texture.
You can darken the orange-clay color more or less by adding more white or more orange to the mixture. You could also experiment with different colors of acrylic paint to create a colorful, chalky look.
If you do not have acrylic paint, any leftover wall paint will work, too.
Step 3: Paint the vase.
Using a paint brush, apply the paint to the outside of the vase in a single motion. A few coats of paint may be necessary to completely cover the pattern.
If you want to uplevel your vase even more, try these tips:
- Move your paint brush in a circular motion to create more of a clay look.
- Add sand to the paint mixture for a concrete look.
- Add joint compound or plaster of paris for more texture, like I did in this vintage pottery tutorial.
- Try baking powder instead of baking soda.
- Add dirt to the vase after you’re all done for a vintage look like I did in this upcycled vase tutorial.