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The Best Way To Whitewash Upcycled Vases (DIY Chalk Paint!)

DIY Projects Feb 5, 2020


When I recently published my tutorial for doing upcycled terracotta vases, there was a) such enthusiasm for upcycled vases that my heart pretty much burst with happiness and b) a resounding call from you guys about doing it in a white version.

‘Does this come in white?‘ hit my DMs and inbox so many times that it felt wrong not to find out for you. The brand that sells the liquid terracotta doesn’t really sell a basic white version, although they sell another product that I wanted to try. All in all I thought it would be a great experiment to test out a bunch of different products on the market and work out which ones were better suited to various projects (i.e. small vases vs big pots).


Because the perfect product didn’t stand out to me, I instead chose to try out a few different ideas and give you the low down!

The products I chose were:

Plus I made a little DIY option that I’ll share with you tomorrow!

I started by checking their texture on some cardboard so I could get a feel for them. Straight away I noticed the differences, the Mega Treat was quite sandy, whilst the Rust-Oleum was really nice and silky, and the Crommelin was somewhere in the middle. In terms of colour, the Rust-Oleum was was a bright white, whilst the other two were a warmer more yellow tone.

I then did a section of a concrete the planter like this, so I could see what they would look like when dry. I liked putting them together like this!

I really liked testing these different products and I think I will definitely do more of this, even if it was a little bit of an investment to buy them and test them all.. Luckily I feel like I will definitely be able to use all the them! Here are my thoughts:

Mega Treat Sydney White This had the most sandy texture, and I have to say I was surprised when I opened up the container! That’s because this is sandstone rather than being paint. After I applied it I noticed it had a great texture, and would look great if you put another coat of white over the top. I think it would really suit updating outdoor planters, layering this then some white.

Crommelin Limestone This one had a slightly sandy texture, and a yellow tone to it. This could be good if you would like a warmer tone for your vases or planters.

Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalk Paint  I loved the texture of the chalk paint, it was so smooth and silky. I also know that you can sand it after it has dried for a more lived in look. A lot of you guys also recommended the same product but in the spray paint form, which I think would work so well  if you want a whitewash with a smoother finish.

My DIY Textured Chalk Paint

On a whim, I looked around for options to create my own textured paint, not so much chalk paint but one that would give a really textured feel and change a basic vase into a more bespoke, hand made feel. I had on hand some baking powder and thought it could be a good option. So I added a table spoon of that. The initial reaction was crazy! The paint bubbled up and basically turned into mousse, which was kind of surprising. I mean, yes I know that’s what baking powder does when you bake a cake but there wasn’t any heat involved in this so I was surprised. BUT when I painted it on the vase, I noticed it was the most amazing ceramic style texture, with the power to transform a basic glossy thrifted vase into a seemingly hand crafted vessel. Here’s the recipe!


  • 250ml of paint (around one cup)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • small container
  • a spoon or small stick for mixing
  • a thrifted vase
  • brush (foam or one with bristles)

For this project I used Dulux wall paint, in Vivid White. I think most white wall paint would work, but I didn’t try it on other paint types like acrylic. The ratio is basically 1 tablespoon of baking soda per 250ml of paint (a cup) , so if you have more paint you should adjust the amount of baking powder accordingly. For the brush you use for this, a foam brush will give a less textured feel, but a brush with bristles will give a more organic feel. Personally I think you want more texture with this!

How to:

  1. Put your paint into the small container and add in your baking soda.
  2. Use your spoon or brush to mix up the paint, mixing well until the baking powder is all mixed in.
  3. You should see some bubbles start to form and a mousse texture become apparent.
  4. Prep your vase by washing it then wiping it clean.
  5. Take your brush and do a first coat on your vase with the paint. This will go on quite watery and transparent but don’t worry.
  6. Let your vase dry for half an hour or so (until it’s touch dry) then do another coat. Continue this until you think it is thick enough. I did 3 or 4 coats. For darker or patterned vases you will need to do more coats.
  7. Finally, let this dry overnight and harden completely. I noticed it took a bit longer to dry than the previous terracotta version.






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