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Ironstone Pitcher Look-A-Like

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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! 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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  • Reply
    Tina Hurley
    at 3:44 PM

    Did you spray paint the inside of the pitcher?

    • Reply
      at 3:53 PM

      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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