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Easy DIY Faux Earthenware Vessel: Pottery Barn Dupe

Do you like shopping at Pottery Barn? I was recently browsing, and a Pottery Earthenware Vessel caught my eye. I’m always looking because I get so many good Pottery Barn Dupe ideas. So instead of ordering one, I began searching for a vessel of similar proportions that could be transformed. Here are the steps to make an Easy DIY Faux Earthenware Vessel from a thrift store find.

Faux Earthenware Pottery Barn dupe.

This is my inspiration piece. I love the size and texture, but I couldn’t justify the purchase price.

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How To Make A Earthenware Vessel Pottery Barn Dupe

If you want to make a Pottery Earthenware Vessel, begin by choosing a few styles and take a screenshot. You may also want to jot down the size and dimensions of the vase you like.

Next, go on the hunt.

Step 1 – Find a Similar Vessel

You will find that most thrift stores have a good selection of vases and containers. All you need is to find a similar shape and size vessel. It doesn’t matter what the finish looks like.

I found this cute little ceramic vessel for only $4.00 at a thrift store within a few days of searching.

Step 2 – Prepare The Vessel

Once you find your vessel, be sure to clean it with soap and water. In addition, wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any greasy film.

Thrift Store vase used to make a pottery barn dupe vessel.

Although I thought this piece was nice as it is, I had something different in mind.

Step 3 – Add Texture to Create a Pottery Earthenware Look

In order to add texture to your vessel, you will need Light Weight Spackling. I recommend adding chalk paint to the spackling to give it color. In addition, it will adhere to almost any surface and you can use any color you choose.

Next, mix the paint and Spackle together. Stir until you have a smooth mayonnaise consistency. You only need enough to coat the vase once.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen for my base color.

Sparkle and paint to use on pottery barn dupe.

Step 4: Faux Earthenware Finish

Now using a paintbrush, apply the mixture over the entire surface of the vessel. Work in a circular direction around the vase and allow your brush strokes to remain visible. Let the spackling mixture create ridges for more texture.

Also, you will want to add some of the texture mixture to the inside of the rim.

Once you have the desired coverage, allow the mixture to dry for several hours.

Vessel for faux earthenware hack coated in spackle and paint.

Step 5 – Add DIY Color

Once the vessel is completely dry, color can be added to any area you desire. This vessel had a raised leaf design, so I highlighted the raised area with a dry brush of burnt sienna craft paint.

Acrylic paint used to highlight center of faux pottery barn dupe vessel.

In addition, I used dark wax to add color around the bottom and top of the vessel to achieve an aged pottery earthenware style.

Begin by applying a small amount on a rag or paper towel and rub off any excess as you go.

Dark wax applied to faux finish on pottery barn dupe.

Continue to work with the color until you are happy with the finish.

This may include adding more of the texture mixture or other colors of craft paint.

Finishing coloring used to finish faux pottery vase.

Step 6 – Seal to Protect Vessel

This step is optional, but if you plan to use your vessel outside, you may want to apply a sealer.

To seal, mist the entire surface with a Matte Clear Spray.

Sealer applied to faux earthenware pottery barn dupe.

Pottery Barn Dupe Pottery Earthenware Vessel

Here is a close-up view of the texture that was added to the ceramic vessel. Although the shape of the vessel is different from the inspiration piece, the texture, and style are what I wanted.

Completed earthenware vessel dupe with flowers.
Pottery barn faux pottery finish decorated with flowers.

How To Use Earthenware Vessel

The earthenware vessel has a rustic appearance which works well with any farmhouse and country-style home.

The vessel looks beautiful, filled with floral arrangements, or as a decorative piece in a bookcase, entry table, or coffee table. I love using the Pottery Barn Dupe to decorate the outdoor kitchen.

The size makes a great centerpiece for almost any tablescape or entry table.

After transforming this vase, I applied this faux finish to achieve a Pottery Earthenware appearance to a thrift store lamp. Click here for the final results.

Repurposed lamp using faux pottery barn vessel technique.

More Thrifted Upcycled Transformations

Here are a few other thrift store transformations.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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DIY Pottery Barn Dupe with a thrift store vase.
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Monday 17th of July 2023

So pretty! I love it.


Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Renae, Thank you for stopping by.

Heather Krout

Monday 17th of July 2023

I love it Rachel! It turned out great!! Especially love the color and texture! Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring posts!


Monday 17th of July 2023

Heather, I really appreciate this. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

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Margie Clements

Friday 10th of September 2021

Love that idea! Thanks for sharing Rachel 🙂

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

Margie, Thanks so much for your kind encouragement.


Thursday 9th of September 2021

What a cool diy! I’m sure I have something laying around that I can use for this one.

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Thursday 9th of September 2021

Stacy, Thanks so much.