refreshing urn transformation part deux

I wanted to share a quick upcycle project I recently completed just in time to add some spring touches inside.

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I bought this urn thrifting awhile ago, knowing I wanted to paint it to lighten it up and french-ify it a bit.  I found its original color to be a bit dated, but nothing a coat of paint couldn’t remedy.

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And although it cost more than I really wanted to spend, I did love the tall profile with the arms and all the design details.  I knew all the detailed relief would shine with the proper paint job, adding depth and showing off all the details, so I splurged. {wink}

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The last time I refreshed my terra cotta urn here I used antique white paint with a tan & grayish wash on top.  This time around I used a gray paint with a white wash.  The urns compliment each other but are not matchy matchy.
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I plan to sometimes use them together like in this vignette, but other times I will also use them in different spaces and rooms in the house.

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The urn is made out of resin but with the gray paint job it now looks more like concrete | cement, which is the look I was going for.  The look of old garden statuary and antique relics always speaks to me.

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The urn actually had a bit of a defect on the base {which I did not notice when I bought it} but that’s a perfect touch once it’s covered with the paint because it just looks like it’s aged and worn with stories to tell.

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I love how these full of Spring tulips look in the urn and that’s actually what prompted me to get this project done.  I found these tulips during some regular grocery shopping the other day and I had to bring them home.  I wasn’t looking for them but they found me none the less.

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It has ignited my spring decorating around the house, which I will be sharing shortly.

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“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”  
~Frida Kahlo~

9 Comments

  1. Lovely! I have experimented with sponge painting and washes and never cease to be amazed at the different looks the same pieces can have. I especially like copper with the verdigris turquoise for metallic looks. Your cement finish makes this piece look tres expensive!

  2. Hi Kathy! Yes paint | color is amazing. I love the verdigris look as well. I remember a few years ago in a chalk paint class I took where they had us start with a layer of bright purplish color & in the back of my mind I’m thinking I’m not gonna dig this but a few layers of different paint colors later we had that awesome verdigris color. So amazing how the different layers of color interact. Thanks for stopping by. xo- mj

  3. I like transforming things like urns into more of an aged, patina’d finish just like you. These two look great together. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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