refreshing urn transformation part deux

I want to share a quick upcycle project I recently completed just in time to add some spring touches inside. This urn transformation was super easy with a bit of paint.

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

Although it cost more than I really wanted to spend, I did love the tall profile. The graceful arms and all the design details just called to me.  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}.

Urn transformation

Urn transformation paint techniques

The last time I refreshed my terra cotta urn here {refreshing urn transformation}, 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.

refreshing urn transformation

I plan to sometimes use them together like in this vignette. Other times I will also use them in different spaces and rooms in the house.

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

Urn Transformation

The urn actually had a bit of a defect on the base, which I did not notice when I bought it. It’s a perfect touch once it’s covered with the paint. The chip makes it look aged and worn with stories to tell.

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

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

Urn transformation

“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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