How to Make a Textured Vase with Baking Soda and Paint 

Looking to add a unique touch and some texture to your home decor? Making a textured vase using baking soda and paint is an easy, exciting and inexpensive DIY project. I’ve been seeing DIY textured vases all over Instagram and Pinterest lately, and I figured it was time I take a break from major renos to get back to doing something simple and fun! 

I used baking soda and some leftover paint to create a paste to add texture to this vase

I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere. I have a whole list of things I am dying to paint with it, but I decided to start simple with a vase that I grabbed at the thrift store for $2 and some paint samples I already had in my paint stash. Hard to go wrong with a $2 investment! I think this vase will make a beautiful addition to my coffee table decor. 

This post will guide you through my step-by-step process of creating a stunning textured vase that will become a focal point in any room.

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Materials You will need to Make a Textured Vase
  • Glass or ceramic vase
  • Baking soda
  • Acrylic or latex paint (Your choice of color. I used white paint!)
  • Paintbrush (Size will depend on the size of your vase.)
  • Small bowl
  • Gloves
  • Cardboard or old newspapers to protect your painting surface 

Step by Step Instructions to Make a Textured Vase

Step 1: Get ready

Start by making sure your work area is well-protected by placing old newspapers or a piece of cardboard over it. If you are going to have fun with this project, you can’t be worried about wrecking your countertop! Clean the vase thoroughly to remove any debris or residue that could interfere with the paint sticking to the surface. Put your gloves on to keep your hands clean, since you will be playing with paint from this point forward!

Step 2: Make your paint 

In your mixing bowl, combine baking soda and paint in a ratio of approximately 2 parts paint to 1 part baking soda. I used some indoor latex paint samples that I had lying around. Choose a color that complements your home decor, or a neutral shade for a more versatile look. Stir the mixture until it reaches a paste-like consistency that you are happy with. Just adjust the amounts of each component as needed to achieve your desired thickness. There are no hard and fast rules here! The thicker your paste, the more texture you will get. 

How to use baking soda and paint to add texture to a vase

Step 3: Apply the paint

Using your paintbrush, generously apply the baking soda and paint paste onto the surface of the vase. If you want, you can experiment with different brush sizes, strokes, and directions to create various textures and patterns. For example, you could use your brush end to stipple the surface, if you wanted. 

Allow the vase to dry completely, which may take a few hours or overnight, depending on the thickness of the baking soda layer. It dries faster than paint alone, because of the baking soda. I did two layers of paint paste on my vase to get the textured look I wanted, but you might be able to get away with one. It’s up to you!

Once it’s dry, you can go one step further and do a quick dry brush of another color over top of your base layer of paint, if you want a bit of added depth. You could apply this layer in random patterns or with deliberate strokes, or even splatter it for a really dramatic effect! I chose not to do this because I was pretty happy with the white textured look I got from just the one color. 

How to apply baking soda and paint mixture using a chip brush

Step 4: Finishing touches 

Once you’re satisfied with the paint layers, take a quick look and see if any additional touchups are needed. You can add more paint if you think the texture isn’t quite right. Or if you missed a spot, use a fine brush to add details or highlights. You can even apply a coat of clear sealant to protect the surface and enhance the colors.

There you go, a tutorial for transforming any ordinary glass or ceramic vase into a stunning textured masterpiece, using just a few simple materials! No expertise is required, which I love. I’m so happy with my finished white textured vase, and I can’t believe how easy it was to get such a high-end looking accent piece for almost no money or effort. Plus, it was fun! And I have plans to do more. I think so many decorative objects could be improved with this technique. 

You could paint a large vase to sit on your console table or mantel, or the base of a lamp for your living room end table. Especially if you use white as your color, this technique instantly adds a neutral natural element that is a great starting point for any vignette. 

Words of warning

Just a couple of things to keep in mind when DIYing your paint and baking soda project piece! 

Water doesn’t mix well with baking soda and paint paste, so just make sure if you are planning to paint a vase to hold water that you don’t paint the inside rim at all. If your painted vase gets wet, the paint mixture could break down and chip off. 

Make sure you cover your brush and paint mixture in between coats, as they will dry out very quickly otherwise!

I can’t wait to paint more things! Have you painted something in your house with paint and baking soda? Tag me @designingparkside, I would love to see your finished masterpieces! 

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