Top
free discounts & updates

How to Paint Ceramic ~ A Goosey Makeover

Do you ever ask yourself why you get yourself into things? ahem. Yes, I’m a sucker for the down-trodden and those that are destined for the trash. It’s a blessing and a curse (in some ways) as it can get me into tricky trouble. You can see what I mean in this past post. Thankfully, this time I take on this seriously quirky churn and it leads me down a creative adventure I want to share with you. I’m also going to show you how to paint ceramic so that it sticks.

Vintage Ceramic Butter Churn with Geese | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Okay, let’s call a goose as we see it. Why are these geese always angry? If I was to caption this scene…

“Hey, dude, why you sniffin’ my feet?”

“They stank!”

“Knock it off buddy or I’m gonna peck your angry eye out.”

For real tho… I love geese, but let’s not allow decked out geese in bows to overrun our homes again, k? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” via George Santayana. Okay, so we’re not able to totally get rid of the geese in this instance. However, you can see this nail barrel makeover and this wall art makeover as well. Also, note that the dasher is covered with a fu-fu ribbon thing, and that the lid has been cracked at some point.

Cracked Churn Lid | prodigalpieces.com

No worries, however, as those are easy to remedy. Let’s talk about how to paint ceramic.

STEP 1

First, I wipe down the surface with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any residue and prep it for the next steps. However, before I go any farther, I want to add some details to make my churn look more legit. To do that, I go to my stash and pull out this…

Making Butter Churn Handles with Sculpey | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, it looks like something we won’t name, but…it has a higher purpose. I just love Sculpey for so many reasons. See my past creations in these posts HERE. This time, I’m making handles for the sides of the churn. I shape the piece and bake it according to instructions. Before I can adhere the handles, I scuff the ceramic with sandpaper to make for a better connection.

Sanding Ceramic Churn | How to Paint Ceramic | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I adhere with e6000 adhesive. Here they are sitting pretty.

Added Ceramic Butter Churn Handles | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 2

Next, I need to make the glazed ceramic ready for paint. To do that, I use Zinsser BIN primer to give it a single coat. This stuff is AWESOME. I use it to block stains, smoke, and so much more.

Priming Ceramic Butter Churn | prodigalpieces.com

STEP 3

It takes only 5 minutes to set up and then I can continue in showing you how to paint ceramic.

Painting Ceramic Churn | prodigalpieces.com | How to Paint Ceramic

After two coats of stoneware colored paint I have on hand, I add a cobalt blue-ish color to outline the geese. This time, I’m embracing the geese.

Painting Number Eight on Ceramic Crock | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STEP 4

Finally, I add time-worn wear and a glazing finish by using a polycrylic.

Applying Ceramic Crock Glazing | How to Paint Ceramic | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

After my DIY stent on how to paint ceramic, here is my goosey makeover ready for a new lease on life. Let’s embrace the geese in a new “old” way.

Vintage and Antique Butter Churns by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse

Cobalt Blue Ceramic Crock Butter Churn | How to Paint Ceramic by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #howto #crafts #farmhouse

Isn’t it soooo absolutely fun and soooo much better? Sorry if you liked the “before” (though I’m not really…haha). Not only are the geese now a happy crew, but also more classic in their new look.

Painted Geese Butter Churn by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #farmhouse

Back of Painted Ceramic Churn | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Buttern Churn Lid Renewed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Likewise, the lid has a sporty new dark brown, although, the lid is still cracked and holding strong. Much better, right? In addition, I have to go with a “8” because of my awesome crew.

Number 8 Vintage Buttern Churn by Laarissa of Prodigal Pieces | How to Paint Ceramic | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy

My vintage crock is tucked in between two antiques: (1) is a churn I found at a local thrift store and use a vintage ruler walking stick as a dasher. (2) the other is a find my mother purchased many moons ago and handed down to me.

Hand-Painted Cermaic Butter Churn by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #antique

Likewise, if you’d like to purchase this churn from my online shop, you can find it and much more for creating your home story.

  • White French Jewelry Sign available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #homedecor
    French Jewelry Store Sign ~ $75

SHARE

Additionally, share and pin to inspire others to learn how to paint ceramic to update their own finds and decor. Easy and fun!

Check out how to paint ceramic easily and with bit of DIY fun. Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #paint #farmhouse #home

Up next, I have a much-needed makeover of my paint cupboard and it includes a giveaway for you! Take a peek at it HERE.

Closet Mess Before Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!

blog signature

let's get socialMEWE | PINTEREST | GAB

Also more ways to update finds like my “how to paint ceramic” tutorial:

Jazz up your vintage items with this Reverse Painting on Glass DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #tutorial #diyFarmhouse Metal Art from Thrift Store Finds by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    I am constantly amazed by your creativity! I definitely would have thrown those geese in the trash. Thanks for helping me see things in a new light.

    • Larissa says

      I’m sure most would, but I’m a nut. haha! Thanks, Jennifer.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    That is an amazing transformation into “salt glazed” pottery!! This would complement any collection!!!! You are soooooo talented!!!!! 🥰

    • Larissa says

      You got what I was after…I love that era! 😀 Thanks so much for the love and smiles, Rebecca.

  3. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! That turned out so good. You always do such a great job.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you bunches, Cheryl. I sure have fun being challenged. woot!

  4. Fran Blunt says

    This is one of my favorite things you have done! Love the blue and the geese!

  5. Kimberly Dooley says

    I was thinking that no way she is going to make this look good. I was wrong. You are so talented!

    • Larissa says

      bwahaha…great minds think alike! 😀 I’m so glad you like it, Kimberly. Thanks!

  6. Amy says

    I honestly could not imagine how you could make that 80s-goose-laden crock look good, but you did! Amazing!

    • Larissa says

      haha! I had the same feeling, Amy! I literally was like…girl…you got this! 😀

  7. Marie B. says

    I have to admit Larissa that I had my doubts and as always you blew me away with your creativity. Wow, it looks so authentic!

    • Larissa says

      When my friend, Mandy, offered it to me…I was like…NO. Then, I was thought…bring it. haha! Thanks so much, Marie.

  8. Dee says

    I shouldn’t be amazed and shocked, but I am! I wasn’t sure how you would update this butter churn, but you did it! Wow it looks so much better, and the geese no longer look like they were prototypes for the “angry birds” game!🤣

    • Larissa says

      bwahahahaha!! Right?? I don’t understand as that almost all the geese I redo are angry. That says something. You are a hoot!

  9. Sue says

    I have been a long time collector of ornamental ducks but most of my misguided friends have given me those awful geese. I’ve since got rid of them but can I could have maybe worked with some of them

    • Larissa says

      aww…haha. That was me and Holstein cows. I don’t collect anything, but folks always find a way. 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Client Love

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

~ Laurel

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:34:13-04:00

~ Laurel

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

~ Stephanie

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:39:34-04:00

~ Stephanie

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

~ Mikki

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:43:16-04:00

~ Mikki

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

~ Sharon

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:45:37-04:00

~ Sharon

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!

~ Deanna

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:52:00-04:00

~ Deanna

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!
0
0
Prodigal Pieces