How to paint decorative ceramic objects, DIY makeover with spray paint tutorial

painting ceramic

Did you know you can paint decorative ceramic items? Well, you can!

I'm one of those people that will paint pretty much anything.
to name a few, so I didn't bat an eyelash over the thought of painting over 
a pair of of ceramic vases I had.

before and after diy painting ceramic vases
This is what I was starting with.
I love these handmade vases that I bought years ago at a fancy shop.
They are large and heavy with hand applied ceramic petal pieces.

Although beautiful, this beige color just wasn't jiving in my new home 
so I decided to change them up rather than get rid of them.

how to paint ceramic pieces with spray paint
I started by spraying them with light blue satin spray paint that had
built in primer. This part can be a little scary because they 
look horrible at this point, but keep going!

spray painted decor idea
Next up, I dry brushed a warmer aqua color on top.
The before is on the left, after the aqua is on the right.

***Important...You must spray with a clear satin sealer at 
this point and let dry before going to the next step.
If you haven't sealed and start applying watery paint in the
next step, you will remove your previous paint layer.
Make sure to use satin finish. If it is too glossy, the brown
wash in the next step will not adhere at all.

add brown paint wash to painted finish
After they were sealed and dry, I brushed on watered down brown
acrylic paint over the petals. I turned them upside down so the
paint could seep into all the nooks and crannies.

ceramic vase makeover
While the paint is still wet, quickly...and patiently in this case with
all the petals!...wipe away the excess brown paint with soft rags.

"Before" the brown wash is shown on the left and "after" on the right.

diy how to paint ceramic decor
The brown adds a lovely toned down look with lots of color 
variation.

Rustoleum clear laquer spray sealer
Seal with several coats of Rustoleum clear laquer, it gives a great high gloss finish.

I almost exclusively use Rustoleum spray paints (unless I can't find
a certain color) because they are just wonderful... and they didn't pay me to say that.

how to paint decorative ceramic pieces
I didn't show this step but before I sealed with the laquer, I 
dry brushed a little gold metallic paint on the edges of the petals.
Metallics are so hard for me to capture in a photo but you can see 
glimpses of it in this photo.

Dazzling metallics in glorious gold is my go-to gold paint.

ceramic vase makeover diy painting ceramic
The "new" vases fit much better in our color scheme.

decorative ceramic orb makeover
While I was at it I had a large cut work ceramic orb in bright 
white that didn't really go with our decor either, so I applied 
the same technique.

diy ceramic orb makeover
I used the same color paints as the vases. After completing all the 
steps above, I used Rustoleum Bright Coat in gold and sprayed it very heavily at the
top of the ball until it puddled and let it drip down randomly around the ball.
I coated with with the high glass laquer for the final coat.

It looks much more shiny and metallic than this photo shows!

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