Extreme Vase Makeover

By  Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil  for  Plaid Enterprises, Inc

For those on a tight budget, flea markets are the perfect place to locate items to spruce up one's décor. With just a bit of imagination, this boring vase went from old and dull to bright and dazzling!

  • Vase
  • Extreme Vase Makeover
  • Before Redoing
  • Closeup View of Bee


  • Flea market vase with a porous surface, like pottery
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Colors: Wicker White; Fresh Foliage; Azure Blue; Extreme Glitter: Peridot; Turquoise
  • Lasercut stickers: leaves; bees


  • Plaid FolkArt: Acrylic Colors in Wicker White, Fresh Foliage, Azure Blue; Extreme Glitter in Peridot, Turquoise
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Stir stick

Basic Supplies

  • newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Rough up surface of vase with sandpaper. Be sure to sand any raised or glossy areas. Wash and dry vase.
  • 2. Prime vase with coat of Wicker White paint. Paint inside mouth of vase where it will show. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed.
  • 3. When vase is dry, paint it with Fresh Foliage paint. Be sure to paint inside the vase mouth. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed.
  • 4. Stir Peridot glitter paint thoroughly. Using foam paintbrush, paint vase with coat of Peridot, leaving inside of mouth unglittered for contrast. Let dry one hour.
  • 5. Some stickers curl when wet, so test sticker by painting it with Extreme Glitter. Only use stickers that will not curl up. Arrange stickers on surface of vase to create all over pattern. Rub edges of stickers to keep paint from seeping under edges.
  • 6. Using foam paintbrush, paint vase Azure Blue. Use dabbing motion rather than brushing technique over stickers so edges do not pull up. Cover entire vase, including inside mouth. Be sure to get paint into all open areas of stickers. Let dry.
  • 7. Stir Turquoise glitter paint thoroughly. Using same dabbing technique as before, apply coat of Turquoise to vase. Do not paint glitter inside mouth. Let vase dry for one hour.
  • 8. Carefully peel stickers off vase to reveal your makeover magic!