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.


To see more “aging” techniques CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

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Katie @ Wildwood Creek
February 5, 2012 1:21 am

Beautiful and love your creative way to distress!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek
February 5, 2012 1:21 am

Beautiful and love your creative way to distress!

February 5, 2012 1:31 am

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

February 5, 2012 1:33 am

A chipped piece no more and oh so lovely. Thanks for the hint on coffee grounds. I will try this.

Honey at 2805
February 5, 2012 1:36 am

Very pretty! Clever too!I adore your kitchen island in the previous post. Be still my heart!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)
February 5, 2012 1:39 am

Very pretty, Holly. I bet it smells nice too 😉

February 5, 2012 3:09 am

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~

Dusty McRae
February 5, 2012 3:14 am

Love your blog and all your fun tips you share. Thanks for sharing!!!Newest follower!!!!

February 5, 2012 6:12 am

Gosh, I love this idea and will certainly try it! Looks awesome.

February 5, 2012 6:20 am

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

February 5, 2012 7:56 am

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

February 5, 2012 12:36 pm

That looks fabulous!! Thank you for the great tips!Kathy

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic
February 5, 2012 2:55 pm

Absolutely gorgeous, I love it!~Shanon

February 5, 2012 3:27 pm

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?

Herballistic Garden
February 5, 2012 3:41 pm

That's a freakin' awesome idea! So smart! Thanks for sharing this! xo wendy

Herballistic Garden
February 5, 2012 3:41 pm

That's a freakin' awesome idea! So smart! Thanks for sharing this! xo wendy

February 5, 2012 6:04 pm

Love the way it looks and I didn't know about the coffee grounds. I'll have to try it.Laura

February 5, 2012 6:11 pm

Sooo pretty! Looks expensive!♥Linsey

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
February 5, 2012 11:17 pm

That looks great. I tried to age a painting with coffee grounds, but it didn't change it much.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas
February 6, 2012 3:37 am

Fabulous!!! I love it!Lou Cinda

Blue Velvet Chair
February 6, 2012 9:34 am

Love that you used coffee grinds.

Margaret Pereira
February 6, 2012 10:39 pm

What a great use for coffee grounds. The urn looks fabulous!

All Things Chic 2
February 6, 2012 11:39 pm

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

Amy Kinser
February 7, 2012 1:25 am

This is great! Girl, you are so creative. Love using the coffee grounds!!!!Love your projects!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
February 8, 2012 4:11 am

Please relink to wow. You had it linked incorrectly. You put in my url instead of yours in inlinkz. thanks

February 8, 2012 9:50 am

That's great idea!!! It is so Beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I'm in big impress!!!! best regards from Poland

February 8, 2012 3:40 pm


Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside
February 8, 2012 6:39 pm

Great idea! I love urns and will keep this technique in mind for future projects!

February 8, 2012 7:36 pm

Beautifully done! I am your newest follower.

February 9, 2012 2:13 am

what a great idea! Love the color the coffee adds…thanks for sharing!

February 9, 2012 4:23 am

That is fabulous Holly!! Thanx for partying chica!

Barbara Jean
February 9, 2012 4:27 am

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

February 9, 2012 11:00 am

Looks awesome!Greetings from Australia♥…visiting from Treasure Hunt Thursdays 🙂

Jen Lossing
February 9, 2012 8:54 pm

This is beautiful. I never knew you could do that with coffee grounds! I love coffee even more now! Great job!

Christina at I Gotta Create!
February 10, 2012 1:59 am

Just beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss and Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
February 10, 2012 3:58 am

I would have grabbed the urn too! Love the idea of using coffee to age this. It turned out beautiful.Thanks for linking to the open House party this week. Hugs, Sherry

February 11, 2012 3:36 am

Thanks for the follow! I LOVE how this urn turned out. Coffee? Go figure! I would love it if you would join in my new link party: to see you soon!

February 11, 2012 4:06 am

You`re a genius! Great job.Suexo

February 11, 2012 5:17 am

Oh, you clever girl! Nice!

February 11, 2012 9:06 am

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

Colleen Jorgensen
February 11, 2012 4:40 pm

What an awesome tip! I love the effect and can't wait to try this. Heaven knows I have plenty of coffee grounds :)Stopping by from Funky Junk.

February 12, 2012 11:07 am

great tutorial i would love for you to show this to my readers and link up at my linky party at xxx

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink
February 12, 2012 3:19 pm

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

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild
February 13, 2012 8:17 pm

Amazing stain technique! something to file for a future project.

February 16, 2012 5:57 am

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

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop
February 29, 2012 1:02 am

WOW…what a transformation…wonderful job!! Love your blog too! All the best,Chrissy

December 17, 2012 3:04 pm

Awesome and SOOOOO easy!! Thank-you!!

January 31, 2013 7:17 am

Beautiful urn !! Pet Urn

Thelma Brinkman
September 7, 2013 7:02 am

What is 2x spray paint? Love this Urn.

Elizabeth Hobbs
February 8, 2016 3:11 pm

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