I’m a huge fan of ironstone. It’s easy to decorate with and looks pretty mixed with lots of different decor styles. The problem is, I’m rarely able to find it. And when I do manage to find it, it’s usually more expensive than I want to pay. I’m not above faking a cheaper version of the real deal, and I thought I’d throw together a quick and easy post for this month’s Monthly DIY Challenge to show you how I did it.
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Before we go any further, if you’re not sure what ironstone is, you can check out a few pictures on Pinterest here.
I stopped by our local thrift store a couple days ago and hit the motherload of easy to flip decor items. Among the things we found were these random ceramic containers. I thought they’d be perfect faux ironstone candidates.
I recently got a HomeRight Small Spray Shelter and have to say I love this thing. It makes it so much easier to spray paint items in my backyard without worrying about getting paint on everything else. Prior to getting the shelter I was using a cardboard box to contain overspray so this thing was a much needed upgrade. You still need to use it in a well ventilated area, and I did notice that it doesn’t contain 100% of the overspray, but overall it’s a huge improvement from my cardboard box days. Bonus: it started sprinkling a bit while the paint was still drying and the tent kept the rain off my project.
The shelter is extremely lightweight and comes in a little carrying case. It pops up in a matter of seconds and folds up easily when you’re done.
I put a couple bricks inside the tent just because I was worried a gust of wind might take off with it.
I experimented with three different spray paints: Rustoleum Universal “Gloss White”, Rustoleum Painters Touch “White”, and Krylon Chalky Finish Spray “Classic White”. I don’t recommend the chalky finish paint if you’re going for an ironstone look. There was nothing wrong with the chalky finish paint itself, it just wasn’t the right paint for this project. If you’ve never used it, it has even more of a matte finish than brush-on chalk paint and had a slightly coarse and powdery texture. Both Rustoleum paints worked well. Whatever paint you go with, just choose one with more of a glossy sheen. Here’s how they looked after a couple coats.
Already so much better! This is such an easy way to marry mismatched pieces together. If you’re trying to fill a cabinet or hutch with similar pieces you can make your own for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them new.
Remember that HomeRight Small Spray Shelter I mentioned earlier? We’re giving away an entire HomeRight package that includes the small spray shelter, large spray shelter, a HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer, and the rapid clean tool. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below. Open to residents of the US and Canada.
When you’re done entering the giveaway don’t forget to scroll down just a bit more to see the rest of the Monthly DIY Challenge projects! If you see something you like just click on the photo to see the full tutorial.
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