DIY Crock or Pottery from Thrift Store Canister + Video

Today I’m sharing how to take some old thrift store canisters and make them look like nice crocks or pottery.

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister - So Much Better With Age

I love crocks! I have them everywhere in my house and have always loved their muted putty color. They can be used for all sorts of things like utensil holders in the kitchen and plant pots. Today I’m sharing how you can take some old thrift store canisters and update them to look like a crock or cool pottery. I also have a video that shows how to create it at the end of this post.

(You might remember my Crock-Mas tree, crock and wheat printable and other DIY crock post)

I’m also participating in the Back to the Basics DIY blog hop where you can see a bunch of easy DIYs from some great friends (the last Back to Basics tour was when I gave this settee a makeover). If you are coming over here from April from House by Hoff, welcome! Didn’t you love her charcuterie boards? Be sure to visit the other DIYs at the end of this post.

If you don’t know what a crock is, you can see one in the photo below.

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/Medalta crock - So Much Better With Age

And this one that I made below!

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/kitchen utensil holder - So Much Better With Age

And this is what they looked like before. I’m sure we’ve all seen (or had) canisters like these ones, right?

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/before old canisters - So Much Better With Age

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So now let me show you how to make your own crock or pottery. Here is what you’ll need:



1. Find and/or mix paint colors together that match up to a crock.

2. Paint or spray the primer all over the canister. Let dry.

3. Paint two coats of the putty coloured paint all over the canister with a roller making sure to get in the inside rim as well (and the lids if you want them. Let dry in between coats. A roller is key so you’re not left with brush marks.

4. Once fully dry, spray with a polyurethane spray lightly all over to give it a bit of a shine.

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/supplies and directions for DIY - So Much Better With Age

I love how it turned out! It’s such a great way to upcycle those old canisters!

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/kitchen utensil holder pottery - So Much Better With Age

They also make great plant pots.

Crock (or Pottery) from Thrift Store Canister/plant pot - So Much Better With Age


Be sure to watch my YouTube video below!

Now be sure to check out how Laura from The Turquoise Home made a beautiful wood planter.

Make sure to pin it for later!

DIY Crock/Pottery from Thrift Store Canisters - So Much Better With Age

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  1. Brilliant – see them all the time – what a great gift idea too – fill with plant or flowers – voila.
    Mother’s Day right around the corner!
    Love this DIY!

  2. Never in a million years would I have thought of this.
    Great inspiration and the how to instructional is perfect.
    Thanks, Jamie

  3. This is so great! I really never thought about painting a canister. Now I need to go junkin to find some!

  4. Hi Jamie,
    I thought your video came out really well. You could understand everything you said, you did not speak too fast and provided good pictures of the process. Thanks for sharing. I might try this on a pitcher because I haven’t been able to find an off white one at a reasonable price. Great job!

  5. This is a brilliant idea and one I can complete next week. This week I’m decoupaging Easter eggs. Retirement is tough! We are in the throes of painting our kitchen cabinets white (almost done!). Now, my husband doesn’t quite understand why I now need to have a white crock, butter dish, etc…but he didn’t complain much when I did buy a new white utensil holder. Now, I have the “old’ blue one and instead of donating it, I’m going to follow your painting directions. I might even try painting the butter dish!
    I’m a new follower and can’t wait to hear more of your great ideas.
    Thank you very much.

    1. Retirement sounds tough, Kathy! lol I’m so glad I inspired you. You’ll have to show me a photo of your kitchen when it’s done!
      Hugs, Jamie

  6. I Love this. I am doing it this week. Only thing I didn’t catch was if there was any special cleaning prior to prime/painting? Guessing it’s just a good cleaning with dish soap? I got some rub on decals to make mine perfect. I am also going to do an old milk can that I bought many, many years ago that is covered in blue flowers. Going to update it with this method and a nice big rub on decal. Thanks for the great video.

    1. Hi Peggi,
      Thank you! Yes, just a good cleaning before you get into painting it. When you do your old milk paint, my favorite primer will also cover up any rust really well! (Zinsser 1-2-3)
      Hugs, Jamie

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