Transforming a Modern Canister into a Vintage Stoneware Crock

Transforming a Modern Canister into a Vintage Stoneware Crock

This project, my friends, was a complete and utter experiment…and I decided that no matter the outcome, I would post the final results. That’s not an easy promise for me to make- the idea of posting a failure would is extremely nerve-wracking and heart-wrenching. Thankfully, though, my crazy idea turned out just fine…and what, pray tell, was that crazy idea of mine? To transform a modern ceramic canister into a vintage-style stoneware crock!

I don’t know why, but I have a hard time passing up these ceramic canisters with the wooden lids when I see them at the thrift. I bought one earlier this year for a cabin-style project, and when this second one crossed my path, I put it in my cart without a specific plan in mind.

Plain white ceramic canister with wood top at the thrift store to be upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Nothing special about it now…

I brought it home, hand-washed it in the sink, and set it on my counter to dry…right next to the vintage crock that holds my wooden kitchen utensils. THAT’S the moment I knew what I’d do (or rather, attempt to do) with my canister. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Trying to upcycle and transform a modern white ceramic canister into a vintage stoneware crock with paint by Sadie Seasongoods /

My inspiration, and my project piece…

After mulling over paint options and painting techniques, I settled on my favorite style- spray paint. First, though, I had to get rid of the shiny white surface- and gave the canister a quick (i.e., imperfect) coat of gray primer.

Using gray primer on a shiny white ceramic canister before transforming it into an antique stoneware crock by Sadie Seasongoods /

First step- give paint something to stick to.

Next, I settled on a multi-colored spray paint that I found on Amazon (there is a different, more-coarse version in hardware and home improvement stores). And yes, it’s textured (unlike an authentic stoneware crock), but the color combo was pretty decent. So, I gave it a whirl with 2-3 thin coats.

Upcycling a thrift store canister into a DIY vintage stoneware crock with spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ok…let’s see how this stuff does.

And while it certainly wasn’t a perfect match (only decades and use will do that anyway!), I was pleased with the mottled color.

Looks interesting…

Looks even more promising next to the original…

Now, neither of my crocks have stamps, seals, or any type of lettering on them- but I thought it would be a nice touch on my DIY version. So, I selected a DecoArt stencil (specifically for the No. 7 part) and two shades of DecoArt craft paint (this and this) to mix in order to get a faded indigo/denim blue.

Using blue paint and a stencil to give my upcycled canister stoneware crock a vintage looking stamp by Sadie Seasongoods /

Time to add another vintage-y touch…

Because I hadn’t sealed the textured paint yet, I was worried about fixing the stencil to my crock with painter’s tape! So…I stopped biting my nails in worry long enough to hold the stencil on my crock, stipple on the paint with my favorite brush, and be done with it. Whew…

But…my crock still needed something. I studied my real crock…noticing it had random speckles of dark brown. Like freckles. Crock freckles.


Yep, I made that word up and now I’m going to use it ALL THE TIME. But anyway…my crock needed crockles. Dark brown DecoArt paint and the pointy end of a bamboo skewer to the rescue!

Adding dark brown spots to my repurposed DIY stoneware crock with craft paint and a bamboo skewer by Sadie Seasongoods /

You are forever changed knowing the word “crockles”!

To finish off my DIY stoneware crock, I needed to give it a glossy sheen, just like the real deal. I added a few coats of clear enamel and then it was done!

The Big Reveal: A DIY Stoneware Crock!

Using clear enamel spray to give my DIY stoneware crock from an upcycled ceramic canister a glossy shine by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ta-da! My DIY version of a stoneware crock.

And I won’t pretend that it is an exact (or even close) replica of a real antique stoneware crock. Don’t get me wrong!

But…what a great alternative if you want to use a crock as a planter…or perhaps on your porch as part of vignette. If it breaks or something else happens to it…so be it. Grandma’s heirloom stoneware crock is still safe in your house. I just love the idea of having a DIY stoneware crock version to use in my décor!

How to upcycle and transform a modern ceramic canister into a vintage antique stoneware crock by Sadie Seasongoods /

I think this will do nicely…

I have all kinds of farmhouse style plans for my DIY crock with his cute little DIY crockles. And if farmhouse style is your thing, check out my other rustic DIY ideas here!

Craft on!


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  1. “Crockles”: I love it when creating something gives you new terms. Crockles, crockles, crockles!!! What a fun and useful word!!!

  2. I love everything that you do! This was a great way to update that crock–now I know what to go with all of mine because I can’t resist them either!

  3. Very nice, it looks like an old crock! What a great way to update an old canister set. Kudos to you, another creative home run.

  4. Sarah, I often wondered whether the textured paints were difficult to work with, but it appears that is not the case. Your crock looks great with the added stencil design too, well done!!!

  5. So clever,that looks great!!

  6. Ronna Conrardy says

    What another great idea! I’m so glad I found you, keep the crockles coming!!

  7. I love it, as usual! Great tutorial! Applying crockles one by one had to be tedious–but spatter painting with a toothbrush would probably be too much. I LOVE neologisms (new words). A schizophrenic I worked with was describing a problem he was having with his project. Carogonal. I was totally lost and asked him to explain. First he said it louder, several times; well, that didn’t help. He said, “you know, a crack that’s on the diagonal.” Made perfectly good sense then. Another one is “flustrated”; a cross between flustered and frustrated.

  8. looks authentic to me… crockles, haha!! I love your projects, great inspiration.

  9. “Crockles ” haha, good one! Love how it turned out. It looks pretty darn close!
    I have a crock from the 70’s or ? With a decal on it. Been trying to decide what to do with it (no, I don’t like the decal). I don’t want to paint the whole thing so maybe I can just cover that up. I’m going to use your technique as a starting point! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. LOL, that’s the best word ever Sarah. Crockles 😀 So perfect

  11. I love the transformation, Sarah. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  12. Very nice upcycle!

  13. This is so neat! I’ve been wanting a crock but seriously am not going to pay an arm and a leg for one. I’ll be trying this out!

  14. Amanda Jones says

    I need to make a crock similar to this for a musical prop. It can’t be breakable. Do you think this method could work on a plastic container?


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