Spray Painting Ceramic

I decided to try spray painting a couple of ceramic pieces. I had never done this before and wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. So I made sure I tried this on some very frugal finds of mine.

The first step is to use spray primer on your piece. I used gray primer, this way when I sprayed on the cream paint, I could make sure I had even coverage. I then sprayed on several light coats of cream semi gloss spray paint. Next I tried using some antiquing glaze, but I was not happy with the results. The surface was so slick that when I went to wipe the glaze off, almost all of it came off. So instead I highlighted areas just using plain ol', brown, craft paint.

I love the look of this pot, it has that French Azure style, that I love. I bought a bunch when a local nursery maked them down, but I've never liked the mustard yellow color.

So here it is after I painted it. I think I went a little over board on aging it, but I was working in the garage at night so the lighting wasn't ideal.

Here's a little close up of the detail on the pot.

I got this pear on clearence at Kirkland Home several years ago. I do like the color, but it just wasn't working with anything in my house. The beauty of spray paint is you can unify odd items in your house by using the same color on them.

I taped off the leaf and stem because I liked the existing color. I attempted to add some shading at the bottom so it wasn't too boring being all the same color.

I bought this little urn at the thrift store for 99 cents. I loved the shape and color, but not the gold band around the top. I also needed the top to be solid so I could put a cloche on top. I glued a piece of heavy cardboard to the top using epoxy and painted the whole thing out.

I'm really happy with the way this turned out! Urn 99 cents, cloche $1.00, mercury glass bird about $1.25. So cute for under $4.00!!

This little birdie was 25 cents.

Isn't she sweet painted white?

At home in her nest.

So here are all my beauties together! My advice:  DO NOT spray paint anything where you will be devastated if it doesn't turn out. Spray painting ceramics is good for items from;  garage sales, hand me downs, old pieces you are ready to throw out, and thrift store items. Not great for the treasured antique grandma passed down to you! To review: prime first, spray on a light coat, allow to dry completly, repeat until you have even coverage.

Funky Junk rocks y'all!


  1. I would have been worried that the paint wouldn't adhere {or stay adhered}. I think all the pieces turned out great and I love the urn turned cloche pedestal you did.

  2. Wow!!! THAT. IS. BEAUTIFUL!! You always inspire me - so I gave you mad props. check it out and thank you for your creative inspiration.


  3. everything looks a lot better. The first one, the pot, it's not the color I don't like, but how shiny it was. I love the new look of all of it.

  4. Thanks. I have the paint and more courage now.

  5. They all look awesome! You put together a great little vignette of whites and textures. I miss spraypainting! Hoping spring will come soon so I can get back at it :)

  6. I think these turned out beautiful. You should do more. ;) Great job!

  7. so much lighter & fresher - wonderful - I'm so gonna have my eyes open for ceramics I can freshen with a soft white now!

  8. They all look great!
    What would we do without spray paint?!

  9. LOVE! The bird cloche is to die for! I really like your enhanced touch on the pieces, it's perfect!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  10. Amazing transformations! Love the urn turned upside down cloche - adorable! Have a great weekend - thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks so much for all the tips - I've been tempted to paint ceramic, too. Now, I'll know what I'm doing. Your arrangement is so v-e-r-y cute!

  12. I have been wondering if I could paint some of my ceramic pieces, but also thought is would just wipe right off. I am so glad you posted this and it worked! What primer and spray paint did you use?


  13. I would add one additional, but very important step for initial preperation. Take some 220 grit sand paper and sand your glossy pot by hand. Afterwards, clean-wash the pot to remove all dust. Now you're ready to prime. And I suggest prime with two coats allowing to dry thoroughly between each coat. Now you're ready for the artistic side to take over.

    Christopher-Atlanta, GA