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DIY Art Pottery

March 27, 2012 by admin

So recently I was asked to restyle the Marilyn Denis set on a budget.  I needed to stretch each dollar and try to bring a bit more freshness and colour to the set for spring.  For colour, I shopped affordable sources like West Elm, HomeSense and Urban Barn (and some DIY art).  For freshness I wanted to add some crisp white by using a lacquered white credenza on the stage, some furry white cushions and some DIY art pottery.

Here’s where the pottery started – Value Village clear vases and ceramic ones too.

And here’s where they ended – on national TV with Diane Keaton no less!

That’s them in the back on the credenza.  The orange lacquered tray is from West Elm and looks great with the vases.  To do this yourself…


1) Visit your local thrift shop and pick a selection of vases (glass and pottery) focusing on shape and scale.  Look for some tall, some squat, and curves are good.

2) Pick up some flat white spray paint.  One can will do 4 or 5 vases.

3) Get spray painting!  I used a clementine wooden crate as a little riser to make it easier to get the spray paint right down to the bottom of each vase.  Working outside is a good idea.

4) Group vases together in a tray, on a book shelf with books or on a mantle.  Enjoy!

Oh and remember the DIY art?  It looks great next to Diane too!


  1. janisnicolay says:

    That’s fantastic! I hope Diane appreciated it 😉
    I feel like making a dash to Value Village right now!

  2. You SHOULD Janis!!! Go for it!


  3. beatrice lawson says:

    Michael, could you do this with a glossy color instead? I am honestly getting a bit tired of everyone doing white vase groupings… and I love color. Did you need to prime??

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