Faux Painting a Stoneware Crock for a French Country Kitchen

Faux Painting a Stoneware Crock for a French Country Kitchen

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. And what, pray tell, was that crazy idea of mine? To transform a ceramic canister into a stoneware crock with faux painting, to give it the look of French country kitchen!

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.

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

Faux Painting a Ceramic Canister to Look Like a Stoneware Crock

After mulling over paint options and various faux 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.

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 a stoneware crock), but the color combo was pretty decent. So, I gave it a whirl with 2-3 thin coats.

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

Upcycling idea for ceramic canisters to transform them into farmhouse kitchen decor with faux painting by Sadie Seasongoods

A comparison of the vintage crock and the faux painting result, side by side:

French country kitchen decor with a ceramic canister that has been transformed into a stoneware crock by Sadie Seasongoods

Now, neither of my antique 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 craft paint (this one and this one) to mix in order to get a faded indigo/denim blue.

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


Faux Painting a Stoneware Crock for a French Country Kitchen

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 craft paint and the pointy end of a bamboo skewer to the rescue!

To finish off my 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!

French country kitchen or French farmhouse kitchen by faux painting a stoneware crock by Sadie Seasongoods

And I won’t pretend that it is an exact (or even close) replica of antique crocks. 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 decor. And it would be PERFECT if you’re going for the look of a French country kitchen or French farmhouse kitchen.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a French country kitchen, then you will LOVE my “Thrift the Look” post for French farmhouse decor!

French farmhouse decor for a farmhouse kitchen using upcycling ideas and thrift store pieces by Sadie Seasongoods

And if you’re interesting in more inspiration for faux painting, then this upcycling idea with terracotta spray paint might also be of interest to you!

Spray paint for glass or terracotta vase for painting glass to upcycle into southwestern decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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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?

  15. LOVE this! Saw it for the first time at Morning Cup! Would love for your to join us each week at Homestyle Gathering! We would be blessed!


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