upcycled stripped vase

Urban Outfitters Inspired Vase {Knock Out Knock Offs}

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Yay, it’s time for another round of projects for Knock Out Knock-Offs! I recently teamed up with 5 amazing bloggers to bring you a fun series of knock off projects, and this month our inspiration comes from Urban Outfitters. You may recall my rustic stool with DIY hairpin legs last month that was inspired by Zara Home, or my West Elm inspired dining table from the month before that.

Today I am sharing my Urban Outfitters inspired vase. I actually came across this photo on Pinterest and was instantly inspired, not to mention excited because I already had a vase on hand with a very similar shape.


Urban Outfitters Inspired Vase

Here is a before photo of a vase I had picked up at a thrift shop a while back, I think it was the same trip that I found the pillar candle holders I painted gold and turquoise.



Paint { 2 colors}

Small Paintbrush

Clear Sealer

Optional: Old Starbucks Card {any plastic card will do}

The first thing I did was paint the vase white with some spray paint.


I then used some of the custom mixed navy paint I used on our dresser with copper pipe drawer pulls to paint on the design. I originally thought I would draw the outlines of where I wanted to paint, but then decided just to wing it instead.


Do you ever have a project in mind that you want to do and you are all excited, but afterward it feels like a big, fat fail?

Um yeah, that’s kinda how my vase turned out. It looked a bit more like camo and sorta blurry, and although it looked interesting, it wasn’t the look I was going for.

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Of course, that’s the beauty of DIY . . . and paint, you can always re-do it. I tried to fix it up a bit with some more paint, and although I’m not too sure how I feel about it, I still think it looks better.

I repainted the vase white and after it dried I decided to scrape away at the paint with an old, plastic Starbucks card to create more of a “lines” effect. By the way, I like to put down a large sheet of parchment paper while I work so it makes everything easy to clean up afterward.



I thought it looked interesting but wanted more blue to show up, so afterward I painted over the lines with some of the navy paint and a small paintbrush. I think this could have worked really well had I painted the whole vase blue, let it dry and then covered it in white paint, and started scraping away at the paint before it was fully dry.

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I like how it kind of reminds me of birch wood in a strange way. I haven’t sprayed on a sealer yet because I’m not sure if I will keep it this way, or tweak it a little more first. Sometimes it’s just a matter of trial and error to figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what you like. Either way, this project didn’t cost me anything since I already had the supplies on hand.

So don’t forget to shop your house and don’t be afraid to change items you have to create new pieces to decorate with.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Urban Outfitters inspired projects from my super creative blog friends!

Additional Urban Outfitters Inspired Projects:

1. Knock Off Wall Hanging – The Gathered Home

2. Knock Off Prisma Wall Decor – Delineate Your Dwelling

3. Umbrella Refresh – Bigger Than The Three Of Us

4. DIY Origami Ring Holder – Brave New Home

5. Knock Off Clothes Pins – Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body

Thanks for stopping by!


  • You are too hard on yourself! It’s no kitchen table, but it turned out really really cute! =)

    July 14, 2014
  • Awesome knock off, girly! Pinning!Love meeting you in person, you are so much fun:-) Xo

    July 14, 2014
  • Okay, seriously, I love how your vase turned out! I even loved the in-between stage where you scraped the paint off with the Starbucks card to reveal the original color of the vase… I’d never have thought of that technique, so this is really inspirational! Your thrift store vase is the perfect doppelganger for the UO one!

    July 14, 2014
  • I’m seriously going to try this! I have an old one that is super similar and I think the technique is cool. Pinning!

    July 14, 2014
  • Katie, I think your vase is fabulous! And I love the scraping with the Starbucks gift card technique!

    July 14, 2014
  • Haha, right before I read that you thought painting the vase navy, then white and scrape the white, I was thinking that exact thought. I think that would be a really close look to the inspiration vase. I love birch trees! And your vase looks good as is if you decide to add a gloss to make it permanent. 🙂

    July 15, 2014
  • Oh, Katie, so many of my projects go like this! I love the finished design and that you kept at it. Aren’t you glad you did? : ]

    July 17, 2014
  • What a great little tip for scraping away the paint! It turned out awesome Katie- your knock offs are always so close to the ‘real’ thing. Awesome meeting you at Haven!

    July 21, 2014
  • Wow! This turned out beautifully! I’d love it if you’d link up to my Look for Less Design Challenge. By linking up, you’re entered to win a $60 Target Giftcard too!

    July 23, 2014

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