How to Modernize Dated Pottery and Vases with Matte Clear Spray Paint

Are you tired of your old 80s pottery but don’t want to part with sentimental pieces or spend a fortune on replacements? Modernize old or dated pottery into modern décor with our guide to using matte clear spray paint for a refresh.

We’ll show you how to breathe new life into your old pottery with a simple and affordable solution: matte clear spray paint. With just a few easy steps, you can transform your outdated pottery into stylish and modern décor pieces that will complement any home style.

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I recently thrifted this vase with my husband on a fun antiquing day trip we took. I loved the color, but was looking for something that didn’t have such a high gloss. It felt a little too dated with the color/finish combo. Here’s how I changed it up very easily!

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Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, gather all the necessary supplies for this project. You’ll need:

  • Outdated 80s pottery or any vase that has a high gloss shine
  • Matte clear spray paint
  • Newspaper or a drop cloth
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Respirator mask (for safety)
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Prepare Your Workspace

Set up a well-ventilated workspace outdoors. Lay down newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your work surface from overspray. Wear gloves and a respirator mask to protect yourself from fumes and paint particles.

Clean Your Pottery

Start by thoroughly cleaning your pottery to remove any dust, dirt, or grime. Use mild soap and water to wash the pottery, and allow it to dry completely before proceeding. This will ensure that the spray paint adheres properly and creates a smooth finish.

Apply the Spray Paint

Once your pottery is clean and dry, it’s time to apply the matte clear spray paint. Shake the can of spray paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and then hold it 6-8 inches away from the pottery. Apply a thin, even coat of spray paint to the surface of the pottery, making sure to cover it completely. Avoid spraying too heavily, as this can lead to drips and uneven coverage.

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Let It Dry

Allow the spray paint to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may take a few hours, so be patient and avoid touching the pottery until it’s fully dry. Once the first coat is dry, you can apply additional coats if desired to achieve your desired level of coverage and finish.

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Enjoy Your Modernized Pottery

Once the spray paint is dry, your old or dated 80s pottery has been transformed into stylish and modern décor pieces that you can proudly display in your home. Arrange them on shelves, mantels, or tabletops to add a contemporary touch to any room. The matte finish of the spray paint will give your pottery a sleek and sophisticated look that complements any décor style.

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I love how this turned out! It’s still the pretty muted blue color that I was drawn to, but the finish is matte now making it more of a transitional piece. It is perfect here in our kitchen banquette area.

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With just a can of matte clear spray paint and a few simple steps, transform old or dated pottery into modern décor using matte clear spray paint for a fresh new look that fits seamlessly into your home. So dig out those old pieces from the back of your cupboard and give them a second life with this easy and affordable DIY project. Your revamped pottery will be sure to impress friends and family and add a touch of style to your décor.

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  1. Some may prefer the high gloss, modern look but it looks great this way too! I never even knew you could change it. Thanks for sharing the idea, it opens many doors. lol.

    1. Yes, I agree too! I would have been happy to keep it glossy if I had to because it was pretty, but thought it was fun to be able to change it if possible =). Thank you and glad you enjoyed!

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