Ironstone Pitcher Look-A-Like

So, I recent­ly dis­cov­ered the word “Iron­stone” I have always had a love for old white, mis­matched chi­na. I nev­er knew what to call it until recent­ly when I stum­bled across some hutch stag­ing ideas on Pin­ter­est. It was like what I nev­er knew I always wanted!


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I had no idea that there was a name for the beau­ti­ful style of chi­na I was drawn too but there it was in black and white. Now that I have a face with a name it helps me to sift through the end­less shelves of for­got­ten plates at the Good­will. Oth­er than the fact that its white, beau­ti­ful, old and some­times expen­sive, I real­ly don’t know that much about iron­stone. (I might need to research that a bit.)

My dream of hav­ing a hutch over­flow­ing with beau­ti­ful, authen­tic iron­stone (I’m soo overus­ing that word now that I know it) came to a litttt­tle bit of a bump in the road when I real­ized that the authen­tic­i­ty can some­times come with a hefty price tag, espe­cial­ly when search­ing antique shops. So, I did what any good DIY’er would do…I did it myself! I start­ed with this hideous lit­tle pitch­er I found at a local thrift store for 50 cents. It was hefty and per­fect for what I want­ed to cre­ate with it. I real­ly want­ed to go for the more authen­tic feel of ironstone.

The next step in our iron­stone trans­for­ma­tion is the easy part. PAINT! I used a nice true white with a mat­te fin­ish. *Note — The fin­ish doesn’t real­ly mat­ter because you will apply the lac­quer after the paint has dried. I sim­ply chose mat­te because I knew I would have paint left for future projects. Apply enough coats, with time to dry in between to cov­er the old design on your piece. Once dry coat your peice with this high lus­ter lac­quer. The high lus­ter gives it that authen­tic iron­stone feel. I DO encour­age the use of the lac­quer rather than just a high gloss paint. There is a lit­tle some­thing “extra” about this method that I strong­ly feel like achieves the best results.

Allow your piece to dry com­plete­ly and bam! Just like that you have a beau­ti­ful addi­tion to your iron­stone collection! 


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Tina Hurley says:

Did you spray paint the inside of the pitcher?

roostandrestore says:

I did! I want­ed it to be pret­ty from all angles sim­ply because I may not always have some­thing in it! 

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