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~


  1. Kathy A says:

    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

  4. Hi Kathleen. Yes I’m pretty happy how this one came out. You’ll be seeing it around a bunch! xo- maryjo

  5. Simona says:

    Hello, your urns are looking so gut. And the spring arrangement it`s great. Have a nica day! Simona

  6. Great makeover and gorgeous vignette MaryJo! I love urns and tulips! Thanks for sharing at TFT!

  7. Thank you so much Simona! I appreciate your sweet comment. xo- maryjo

  8. Hi Amber. Thanks so much sweet friend. Means so much coming from you. xo- MaryJo.

  9. Great makeover! Thanks so much for linking up with me at A Themed Linkup 48 for Crafts and DIY. Pinned!

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