DIY Faux “Ceramic” Paint

Hola Brujas!

On Wednesday Kyle came home with this amazing haul of fresh produce from the Wyck Garden which is just a 10 minute walk from our apartment. 

Look at this bounty!

The Wyck Garden and Historical House is the oldest rose garden in the country dating back to the 1820’s! Out back they have this cute little farm where you can volunteer in exchange for some amazing veggies. 

He just started volunteering there and spent the afternoon in the dirt weeding an herb garden in the late summer sun. But for this much free produce, it was well worth the (his) effort. 

I sautéed the greens and eggplant in olive oil, garlic and sea salt, gave the white beans a little mustard sauce, grilled some salmon and it was one of the best dinners we’d had in a long time. Like restaurant quality good (big brag but not a lie). We didn’t even bother snapping a pic before it was all gone. 

After dinner I was deep into relaxation mode with a G&T in a YouTube hole watching videos for the next day’s DIY inspo. 

I kept coming across this Faux Ceramic Paint DIY over and over again. I knew I had to try it. It just looked super easy and fun and I had all the right materials already so I thought why not!

The goal of this project is to texture basic latex house paint with baking soda giving the paint a gritty sandy feel in order to create a ceramic look on the objects painted. 

We had recently been gifted this amazing weird looking palm(ish) tree after a visit to Kyle’s parents place in Connecticut. The tree is awesome and has all these sprouted “heads” on it like a hydra. While we love the plant, the pot that it’s in isn’t exactly our style. Kyle’s parents live right on the ocean so they have more of a beachy vibe to their house. It worked there but not so much in our more modern styled space. 

Planter Before Ceramic Paint

Initially I just planned on buying a new planter for it. But big plant pots are expensive and I didn’t feel like dishing out the cash. So when I saw the ceramic paint tutorial my mind immediately went to the Hydra plant (that’s not its technical term but I’m not sure what kind of plant this is. If you know, comment below and gimmie that info!). 

I definitely needed to test this out first so I wouldn’t ruin the big pot and end up having to buy a new one anyway. So I grabbed these two glass pieces I already had in the apartment as my test subjects. A yellow cylindrical vase that’s from Target that I found at a thrift store for $1 and a brown glass jug I think we also got thrifting but I don’t remember exactly where. I do remember it was real cheap. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

•  A glass vase of your style (or any kind of glass piece you want to upscale) I suggest going to a thrift store to grab some cheap glass pieces. 

•  Baking Soda. A lot of it 

•  Leftover matte latex house paint or you can grab paint samples for cheap, in the color of your choice. 

•  Small paintbrush 

•  Containers to mix the paint in & Painters tape

And that’s about it! 

Here’s what I did: 

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I wanted a two toned element to my pieces, basically more color blocking. I really liked the idea of the glass still being part of the finished look. 

I used some painters tape to mask off the area of the vase and jug that I wanted to keep unpainted. 

Starting with the yellow vase. I poured some yellow paint into the mixing container. I’d say just pour a small amount so you can gauge how much baking soda you’ll need and just mix it until the baking soda is completely incorporated. Make sure to break up any little chunks. 

Then I scooped up some baking soda and added it in. 

And I scooped, and I scooped, and I scooped some more.

This isn’t an exact science. I just kind of eyeballed it until it looked right. 

I DEFINITELY went a little too heavy handed with the baking soda in the yellow paint (understatement) because my mixture was VERY thick, like not as thick as cookie dough but thicker than waffle batter. I mean I used it anyway but it was basically plaster. I globbed it onto the vase and at first I was super neat with it. Then I started to like all the texture it had if it was a little less delicately applied leaving the paint strokes visible. 

This didn’t exactly work out the way I intended. Firstly the yellow was VERY yellow. It’s the same color I used on my walls but it somehow seemed even brighter on the glass. Secondly, because the paint was so thick and I basically scraped it on like plaster, it ended up looking super chunky after it dried. 

I was not convinced about this technique yet.

But I persisted. 

For the brown Jug I went with a terra-cotta color called Moroccan sky by Behr Paint. Learning my lesson with the yellow vase, I mixed in just enough baking soda to make the paint grainy but not so much that it became joint compound. I’d say a 2:1 ratio paint to baking soda. 

This went way better. 

2 coats later and it looked awesome. Honestly if I hadn’t seen it before it was painted I would have thought it was a ceramic jug. 

I think color plays a big role in the effect you want to achieve. More muted earthy tones worked way better than the bright yellow. 

The jug looks expensive. Like I got it at Crate & Barrel and it’s giving me life. 

It was very Que Lindo.

To test this muted color theory hypothesis, I painted an ugly planter that was in our bedroom which currently housed a rubber tree plant. 

I went with a gray tone and it looked beautiful once it dried.

After the jug and planter I felt confident enough in what I was doing to tackle the big blue planter with the hydra plant. 

The stems of the plant were going all over the place and the roots were showing a bit. So I grabbed some twine and propped it up stabilizing the little tree. 

Then I wiped down the planter and got rid of any calcium buildup and soil that was crusted onto it. 

I decided to use a grey blue color I had stashed under the kitchen sink. 

I went slow with it and applied a thin layer of paint to the entire planter and the saucer underneath. 

Because I wasn’t taking the plant out of the pot ( avoiding mess) I carefully painted the inner rim getting as close to the soil as I could without getting my brush dirty. 

After coat 2 was applied I went for a walk with Kyle and Wynona and let it dry. When I came back I played some Animal Crossing while it dried (I love this game, DIY and cute critters are my jam). 

After a while I paused the game and went to check in on the big planter and it had already dried! 

It was immediately impressive. This glossy deep sea blue planter now has this sandy matte texture to it that was entirely one color and I love it. The saucer is plastic and you would never know with this technique. It even feels like stone when you touch it! 

Que Lindo!!

I was skeptical after the yellow vase trial run but truly this looks amazing. It’s definitely more modern and I love the feel of it. The light muted gray also really makes the colors of the plant pop! 

To finish up I added some more soil to cover the roots and to hide the uneven line of the inner rim and you’d never know it wasn’t painted all the way on the inside. 

This was so much fun.

I really enjoyed this project and I think it’s something anyone can do. It was Que Lindo times 100. I think if you already have some paint and baking soda laying around the house grab some thrift store glassware and get to painting! This project could cost you less than $5 which is wild since the final product looks so expensive.  

This is a DIY to try for sure Brujas. 

Thanks for reading. And as always hit me up if you have any questions or need any tips. 

Catch you next week Brujas. Happy Crafting.

Richie Wilde Lopez 

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