Coffee Antiqued Urn

What a pretty urn….
This is how it all started:
I went to our local TJ Maxx the other day and saw this poor beat up pot.
The asking price was $19.99 – not bad.
I got up to the counter and asked if this could be marked down because of it’s condition.
(I used to be so embarrassed to do that but ….I got over it)
Even more off than I expected…. Thank you very much!
I had some plans for this small size urn.
You can do this too.
Spray Paint the whole thing white with 2X cover spray paint in a flat finish.
Scrape various places on the pot for a naturally worn or chipped look while the paint is still sticky.
Let it dry….
Pull out your used coffee grounds from this morning.
(if you don’t drink coffee – Starbucks would be happy to let you have some of theirs)
Rub the coffee grains all over the white painted area.
I let the grounds sit like that while we had dinner.
(the grounds are actually a great exfoliating scrub – my hands were so soft afterwards)
Wipe all the coffee off that you can with paper towels.
 I picked the urn up and rinsed the rest of the little grains off in the sink.
That’s it… a beautiful Coffee Antiqued Urn.

Urns are beautiful indoors and out.  I’m hoping this will chip even more this summer when I use it outside.  The patina is beautiful and it all cost me only $15.99 total including the spray paint.a9c22-coffeestainurn047-1

While shopping in your favorite stores look for damaged items or in the clearance section and visualize the cheapest thing you see in a distressed white…you’ll want to buy it all.


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Thanks for stopping by.

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52 Replies to “Coffee Antiqued Urn”

  1. What a great idea! You'd never know it was damaged – and the coffee treatment looks great! Clever girl. :)-Revi

  2. Do these ideas just pop into your head? I think you are a reincarnate of some cave woman. You probably invented the wheel in your past life.~Bliss~

  3. What an awesome idea!! I didn't realize coffee grounds could do such a great distressing job!! This seriously looks awesome!!

  4. Hi Holly, what a beautiful job you did on the urn and good for you being brave enough to ask for a \”deal\”. Hey, the worst they can say is \”no\”. I love what you did with it and thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  5. You did a great job on that urn! I love how it looks now. I never would've thought to use coffee grounds like that. Isn't spray paint wonderful?

  6. Hi WOW I just discovered your blog…The urn TJmaxs….What a deal love what you did to it…I just started my own blog hope you can check it out…Blessings Lori

  7. never would have thought of coffee as an antiquing tool. turned out great!speaking of tools, what is the tool you used to scrape it? looks very interesting.blessingsbarbara jean

  8. Oh this is gorgeous. I never thought of using coffee to stain – my \”secret\” (haha0 stain is tea.. I make up a very strong batch of tea and paint over the surface I want to stain and wipe off after about 15 mins. But I'm def using the coffee next time. Im your newest follower xx Nat

  9. Amazing! Found you thru Colleen above! I always know about using coffee and tea to stain fabric but never thought of using them on a painted project! Just love finding new ways to achieve different looks with paint! I am your newest follower, your blog is just divine! Love to have you stop by and say Hi sometime, if you can! Kim

  10. I love this urn. It looks amazing! Just curious, do you know if you could use the coffee grounds trick on wooden items as well? I have an old picture frame that sorely needs a makeover and was wondering if this, or a similar technique, would work on that.RedRchl

  11. will this work outside – thinking about doing it to a un functioning fountain thank u – actually the base of the fountain is dark so might work if the coffee wears off – input would be so too thankyou

  12. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand.It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.I'm looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get the hang of it!

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