I gave it a try on a garage sale planter and here are my results.
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I recently watched another DIYer, XO Macenna, try out various household products as a paint thickener. I was so intrigued! Particularly by the baking soda, which I had a box of that recently expired. Does baking soda actually expire or it is a suggested date?
Martina did a similar idea for her table lamps on our last Thrifty Thursday, but she used flour! You can check out her table lamp post to see how they turned out.
I picked up a few items at a garage sale and knew I needed to do something with them right away or I’d forget them. The mini greenhouse, the pink planter vase, and the Christmas Cactus came from the same place, along with a few baskets and other items.
Even though the pink planter didn’t suit my color scheme, the size was perfect for my new-to-me Christmas cactus. Nothing a little paint can’t fix right?
But why stop there when I could really experiment with the paint and try out the textured paint concept myself. So here it is Darling, my diy baking soda painted vase experiement. And tutorial including the ratios I used.
Supplies For DIY Painted Planter
1 box Baking Soda
1 quart Latex Paint
1 Plastic Cup to Mix In
1 Stir Stick
Mix Ratio for Baking Soda Paint
The ratio of baking soda to paint will depend on how textured you want your paint to be. I wanted lots of texture so I did a 50/50 mix in my fancy plastic container (clean yogurt cup). If you want a rough feel but not as bumpy of a texture, start by adding 1 tbsp to a 1/2 cup of paint and see how that looks when you start painting it on.
Make sure to stir your baking soda paint really good with a stir stick after you add the baking soda. An even mix will paint on so much nicer.
I found that using a sponge paintbrush worked great to apply the textured paint to the glossy vase. It stayed in place wherever I painted it. I did one full coat and let it dry. Then I went back over any areas that didn’t have enough texture with a second coat. But you can apply as many coats as you want to get the texture you desire. Make sure you’re letting the paint fully dry in between coats. This will help it to fully cure sooner. Let your vase sit for a few days to cure before doing anything else with it.
Add Some Life
Once the baking soda painted planter is fully dry and cured then you can go ahead and add your soil and plant. This little plant was in good shape and the perfect size. It really needed a new pot though. So it was a no brainer to stick him into my new vase planter. And he looks so cute in it!
Paint All The Objects!
This was seriously my thought after I finished painting this vase turned planter. It’s so easy and it turned out fabulous! I’m going to play around with some earthy tones too on different objects. Even my husband agrees this is cool! And I think this would work on a variety of surfaces too: ceramic, plastic, glass, etc.
Thanks for checking out my post. Are you going to try this Baking Soda Paint trend? Let me know if you are and what you plan to paint it on! It doesn’t have to be for a vase or planter. This little trick would completely transform dollar store decor too! It’s going to be hard not to have all my next projects be about me finding new things to paint with baking soda paint.
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