Looking for an easy thrift flip with a big impact? This is just the project for you!
I found this adorable ceramic teapot at my local Goodwill a few weeks ago. I was immediately in love with the shape and look of it. What I didn’t love were the old earl gray stains down one side of it.
This teapot had clearly had a full past life… Items like this are my favorite kind of find to give second life to! I decided immediately that it was going to need a quick coat of paint and my first thought was, the obvious, white refresh. Normally, that is SO my go to, but in the few shorts weeks it took up residence on my bookshelf, I started to envision it differently. I instead decided it needed to be some sort of unexpected color, like maybe a bright, high gloss teal or a matte black. Then I remembered just how much I wanted to use my Matte Slate Grey paint again. For those of you who missed it, I recently gave second life to a tired old red basket with this color and was just obsessed with the final result.
Didn’t it come out great? It looks so high end now!
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Once the decision was made, it was quick work getting it painted. I washed it thoroughly with soap and water and let it dry fully and it was ready to go. I decided not to sand it before painting as it has so many nooks and crannies that it would be tricky to get to them all. Also, the Rusotleum paint claimed that it would paint/prime any surface. So, I took a chance….
I didn’t want to get any paint inside the teapot, so I taped off the opening with masking tape prior to the first coat of paint. This actually had nothing to do with my intended future use of the teapot, since I certainly don’t plant to use it a beverage vessel. I will mostly use it as a unique piece of decor and possibly sometimes a vase for real or faux flowers or greenery. But, none the less, I wanted it to have a clean and crisp look, so taping off the inside was a must.
Now, onto the paint transformation. Here it is after the first coat:
And after the second coat:
I actually ended up doing 4 coats in all, leaving generous dry time between each coat. Here’s the final result.
Not bad for a $2.99 thrift store find!
I have to say, I’m so in love with how this came out that I just might branch out and go bold more often…
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11 thoughts on “Easy DIY Thrift Flip: Ceramic Teapot Refresh”
Great idea! I’d have never thought to go with a slate gray color, but I love how it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.
Niky @ The House on Silverado
Thanks Niky! I’m so glad you like it. 🙂
This color is great! Must go buy some immediately. I’m so glad you decided to not go white; everyone has done white everything until it is getting a little boring to me.
Yes, it was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I’m loving the final result and I can’t get enough of this color!! I wonder what I paint with it next…? And you definitely should get some. If you’re looking locally, check Walmart before Lowe’s or Home Depot. Our Walmart has it but not our Lowe’s and I haven’t check our Home Depot yet. Can’t wait to see what you paint!
I love how modern it turned out, isn’t it amazing with a coat of paint can do? Great hopping with you, happy October 🙂
Yes, a coat of paint changes EVERYTHING!! Great hopping with you too 🙂
I love this look! You’d never guess that you spent $2.99 on it! It really does look high end. Great job!
Niki from Life as a LEO Wife
Thanks Niki! I’m so glad you like it 🙂
Love, love, love it! It’s gorgeous now! The bold color was a perfect choice, and it works so well with your decor. I love how transformational paint can be. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by to check it out today. I’m so glad you like the final result as much as I do 🙂
Hi, were there any drip marks from the spray paint? I’m surprised how shiny it looks considering you used a matte finish. Looks great! How did you paint the herb basket?