How to spray paint ceramic. This is one of the easiest thrift store transformations ever. All you need is a white pitcher and spray paint.
Does anyone know what happened to the semi-colon?
The punctuation mark that looks like this ;
It’s one of my favorite punctuation marks on the planet. It’s not the STOP of the period. Or the barely imperceptible blip of the comma. Instead? It’s like you are telling your sentence to wait a minute. To press pause. To hold on for just a second.
Because good things are just around the corner.
It used to be everywhere. You could see it hanging out with however and joining two independent clauses together and making the world a generally better punctuation place. But now? Everyone is in too much of a hurry to use an Oxford comma, let alone a semi-colon.
Or for that matter—punctuation altogether.
And so today. Here on Thistlewood, we are celebrating the semi-colon in all its glory with a thrift store transformation. It’s the kind of project that makes you do a double take. It makes you press pause. It makes you think. It makes you smile.
Because a good DIY project is just around the corner.
Here’s how to spray paint ceramic.
Here’s where we started.
These are the pitchers that I found at the thrift store.
The grand total for the two pitchers? $2.50.
The thrift store was having a half-price sale on everything Easter. I guess they didn’t want this pitcher hanging around until next year.
I had been looking for some pitchers for the bathroom and I couldn’t find any that were reasonably affordable and the right size. And then? I discovered these pitchers at the thrift store.
Bathroom counter compatibility? Check.
Bunny? Umm. Not so much.
I stood in the thrift store holding the bunny pitcher wondering if you could paint ceramic?
Was it even possible?
Was it a thing?
So I googled it and found this article.
For $2.50 I thought I could take a chance and the pitchers came home with me to see if spray painting actually worked.
Yes, yes it did.
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE SAME PITCHERS?
Let’s take a look at the before one more time.
And the best part?
It was so easy.
Here’s are my best tips and hints and information on how to spray paint a thrift store pitcher.
What type of prep work do you need to do before you spray paint ceramic?
Before you spray paint ceramic of any kind, you want to make sure the pieces are cleaned thoroughly. You can run them through the dishwasher to make sure all the dirt and grime is off the surface before you paint. You don’t want to paint years of someone else’s grime (or your own) into a pitcher. I used Dawn dish detergent and a scrub brush to get rid of all the dirt inside and out. Also, check for stickers or anything sticky on the surface and make sure to remove that before you spray it. I scrubbed off the thrift store stickers; however, you could also use a sticker remover like Goo Gone to make sure you have a smooth surface.
Do you need to prime your pieces before spray painting?
I prime everything, so I primed the pitchers before I painted them. Here’s my best priming tip. Choose a good quality primer and then spray SUPER light coats on the piece. It’s so hard when you are spray painting because you want to be in a hurry; however, if you rush you will regret it. Stand about three feet away from your piece (too close and you will get drips) and wave the primer back and forth in an even coat. Let that coat dry thoroughly before adding the next coat.
What type of spray paint works best when painting ceramics?
Choose a spray paint specifically designed to cover ceramics. The instructions will list it as one of the surfaces the paint covers. Most spray paint comes in high gloss, semi-gloss, satin and flat. I was tempted to go with the high gloss to mimic the look of ceramic. Don’t. Learn from my mistakes. When I tried the high gloss, it highlighted any imperfections in the ceramic and didn’t look real. Sometimes on your design, you might have a raised image; however you try and spray the gloss will highlight that. Instead? Choose a semi-gloss or a satin. These pitchers in these pictures were painted with semi-gloss.
How can you prevent drips when you are spray painting?
Drips. YIKES. There is nothing worse than spray painting something and you see a drip. The best thing to do is prevent drips before they start. The two causes of drips are spraying too close to the piece and spray painting when the weather isn’t optimal. You want to stand back about three feet and spray paint the piece in LIGHT even coats. Light coats are your friend. Too much spray paint in one area will cause a drip. You want to spray paint between 50 and 90 degrees to make sure your paint adheres properly. Do NOT spray paint in humid weather or direct sunlight. It can affect how the paint dries and it causes glumps. If you do get a paint drip my best tip is to blot it with a q-tip. I keep a stack of q-tips when I’m spray painting and if I see a drip, I blot it and wipe it smooth and then let the paint settle. Don’t paint a second coat until it’s dry.
(total aside: is glumping even a spray paint term?)
How long was your drying time?
I like to have at least three to four hours between coats. Truth? Sometimes I forget about the project and spray paint another coat the next day; you just want to make sure that your first coat is dry before you re-apply another coat of spray paint.
How did you paint the bottom of the pitchers?
I use a paper towel holder for projects like this. I start by painting the bottom of the pitcher. I put it on the paper towel holder upside down so the bottom of the pitcher is easier to paint. I applied the primer first and then the paint, letting each coat dry. Once the bottom of the pitcher was dry, I flipped it right side up and painted the rest. When working on a project like this, I try to choose pitchers that don’t need the inside painted. It can get a little tricky trying to spray paint inside the pitcher. I only painted the outside of the pitchers you see in this post.
This was one of the easiest thrift store transformations ever.
It makes you look at everything with new decorating eyes.
You probably have something around your house right now that needs spray painting.
And remember the semi-colon when you do.
The perfect punction mark.
It’s not overwhelming like the STOP of the period. Or flippant like the barely imperceptible blip of the comma. Or the hardness of the colon. It’s so much more. It’s like you are telling your sentence to wait a minute.
To press pause.
To hold on for just a second.
Because good things (and good projects) are just around the corner.