Learn how to make a white farmhouse pitcher for a fraction of the cost using a tacky thrift store find! If you love the farmhouse style, you’re going to love this DIY farmhouse pitcher tutorial.
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The only thing I requested this year for Christmas was this shelving unit that I literally have been eyeing for over a year. I never had a good spot for one, but we recently completely changed the furniture arrangement in our living room and BOOM! There was a huge open spot that was dying for some shelves. My wish was finally going to come true. Some cute shelves to decorate to my heart’s content.
If you’re stuck on how to decorate shelves, be sure to check out this post with tons of shelf styling tips and tricks!
One thing I knew I wanted on my new shelves was a white farmhouse pitcher or two. But they range from $15-$30 to buy new….I had to do better.
And then I came across these two beauties at the thrift store…. and when I say beauties I really mean….super tacky and dying to be upcycled pitchers.
I knew they would be perfect for this thrift store challenge with some of my favorite blogging friends! I’m going to show you how to turn tacky thrift store pitchers, like these, into farmhouse pitchers that you’ll have so much fun decorating with!
1. Lightly sand pitcher.
First you want to VERY lightly sand the pitcher with a fine grit sandpaper. You could even probably use steel wool as an alternative. All you really want to do is create a slightly rougher surface for the paint to stick to.
2. Clean pitcher.
Next, grab a cotton round and some rubbing alcohol and clean the pitchers well. This will clean off any dust created from sanding or also remove any dirt, grime or oils from your hands.
3. Prime & paint pitcher.
Even though the spray paint I was using had primer in it, I decided to also use a flat white primer first. This just helped with coverage so I didn’t have to do as many coats of the white spray paint. The photo above shows the pitcher after 2 coats of primer. You can very slightly see the old design in the background.
After the 2 coats of primer, I moved right on to spraying the farmhouse pitcher with this white spray paint. I chose a high gloss spray paint so that the finished product would look more realistic….because a white farmhouse pitcher usually has some shine to it!
4. Decorate with your white farmhouse pitcher.
Now you can literally take your finished pitcher and decorate to your heart’s content! I love the extra farmhouse charm they added to my shelves!
The two pitchers that are sitting together on the 2nd shelf are the ones I painted. The other smaller pitcher is one that I purchased new….can’t really even tell the difference, right?!
Because I know someone will probably ask, I’ve gotta just provide a little warning…these spray painted pitchers are for DECORATIVE USE only. Spray paint is not food safe, so don’t start serving iced tea from your painted pitcher or anything 🙂
I love that I was able to create a budget friendly alternative to the pricey pitcher with just simple spray paint!
Spray painting thrift store items is one of the BEST crafting projects if you are a beginner. They rarely cost much (I paid $7 total for both pitchers) and spray paint is also very affordable (usually about $3-4 a can).
So there is no pressure…if you make a mistake, no problem! Once you get more confident with painting, you can also try fun things like painting with chalk paint (like this vintage bread box or barstools) or a dry brush technique like I did on this outdoor bench.
You’ve gotta check out the other ladies thrift store upcycle projects too:
- DIY Lumbar Pillow from Love Create Celebrate
- DIY Lampshade Upcycled Sweater from Amber Oliver
- Stoneware Jug Makeover from A Crafted Passion
- File Cabinet Makeover from Love and Renovations
- White Farmhouse Pitcher from Making Manzanita (that’s me!)
- Sled Makeover with Dark Wax from Green with Decor
- Painting Furniture With Chalk Paint from Small Stuff Counts
- DIY Picture Frames from Home Beautifully
Where would you put a farmhouse pitcher in your house?
Let me know in the comments below!!
Further Reading – Looking for more farmhouse style thrift store upcycle projects??
- Vintage Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover
- How to Upcycle A Bar Stool Into A Narrow Bedside Table
- Add A Vintage Medicine Cabinet for Farmhouse Bathroom Charm
- DIY Farmhouse Sign with Pallet Wood and Repurposed Lug Wrench
- How To Chalk Paint Bar Stools
- Pitcher from thrift store
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton round
- Flat white primer
- White high gloss spray paint
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Lightly sand pitcher with fine grit sandpaper.
- Clean pitcher with cotton round and rubbing alcohol.
- Prime and paint pitcher. (2 coats of primer and 2-3 coats of spray paint)
- Decorate with your white farmhouse pitcher.