Monday, May 27, 2019

MacKenzie Childs Inspired Dollar Store Vase

 I love MacKenzie-Childs decor! Most are done in what's called Courtly Check (black and white) and now, there's a new Royal Check (blue and white)! Both fabulous, but how about a purple and white check? I'd love to see that done!  After all, the color purple is associated with royalty and symbolizes nobility, luxury, power and ambition!  So, I'm venturing into making my own MC knock-off in my favorite color - I know, let's call it Luxe Check in purple and white! 

Here we go, Purple Hues and Me, Luxe Check: 

We have to keep it cheap, though, I mean, inexpensive! MC can be quite expensive, you know! But knockoffs, not so much! So, let's start with a dollar store vase and some dollar store paints - a perfect project for our Dollar Store Crafts Link Party! 

In addition, we'll need: 
  • sponge brush
  • flat edge small paint brush
  • painter's tape - 1"
  • pencil
  • decorative napkins
  • mod podge
  • Mr. Clean magic eraser sheet
  • marker
  • FolkArt gloss varnish

Begin by painting the vase white using a sponge brush. Apply a second coat and let dry.
*Since the purple/white checks are alternated, measure around the vase to see how many 1" squares are needed using painter's tape.  The tape wasn't exactly 1" wide, so I eyeballed my markings for the placement of squares on the vase, instead of trying to do the math! Lol!  

Just lay a strip of painter's tape along the center middle, vertically and tape down.  Draw lines along the edges of the tape. Remove the tape and place it next to the previous line. Continue moving the tape to draw on lines - moving it both vertical and 

 Next, choose a starting square and begin painting them purple, alternating squares .  .  .
 until all the alternating squares are painted. Let dry. Apply a second coat since the dollar store paint doesn't have a good first coverage.
 For a decorative effect, cut out a flower pattern from napkins, separating the printed layer and
 mod podge the flowers onto the .  .  .
 bottom area of the vase .  .  .
 smoothing out the wrinkles with fingers dipped in mod podge.
 For the next step, you won't believe what I used to move some of the color from the purple squares across the white areas for that MC look and to help remove some of the uneven lines - a damp piece of Mr. Clean's magic eraser sheet. I love that stuff!
And finally, paint on varnish for a glossy finish.
It's truly amazing what you can make with dollar store items - this MacKenzie Childs inspired dollar store vase!
I'm loving this look!

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Be sure to stop by our Dollar Store Crafts Link Party starting on Tuesday, May 28th to join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Crafting!


  1. The vase is beautiful. Maybe you have inspired Mackenzie Child’s to create a purple line. Love your chosen name. The vase is so pretty. Love how you think. Happy Memorial Day Gail.

  2. Wow you really pulled it off! That magic eraser is a wonderful tool!

  3. Precioso trabajo querida amiga y siempre es un placer leer y ver tus magnificos tutoriales.
    Un beso

  4. Your vase is lovely, Gail! I love the use of the flower from the napkin.

  5. I love purple and checks so I'm in love with this vase. This reminds me again how you can take quite a few items form the dollar store and make something amazing.

  6. Un jarrón precioso ,gracias por el tuto ,me gusta muchísimo !!!!!!

  7. Your luxe check MC inspired vase is beautiful Gail! The decoupaged flowers along the bottom is such a nice touch too. Pinned 🙂

  8. Love this sweet vase!! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! And thanks for your kind comments!

  9. This is the first time I've heard of MacKenzie Childs. Thanks for the intro, and I'm quite impressed by your knock off! So glad you linked up at Tuesday Turn About, Gail!

  10. This is beautiful Gail! I love Mackenzie Childs decor, so I'm really loving your version. I love the flowers you modge podged onto the vase. I really need to try modge podge. I have some, but I've never used it! Anyhoo, your vase is beautiful and such a clever idea! Great dollar store creation!

  11. No podía ser de otro color el jarrón, tiene que ser violeta, y con un precioso diseño.


  12. This is lovely. I painted glass jars last year with a gingham look which I love. It's a very country look though, your MC knock off is much more classy. I especially love the napkin flowers, they look so pretty with the classy simple check.

  13. Gail, you did a fabulous job on this vase! It is beautiful! I will be featuring your project at Celebrate Your Story, which goes lives tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. CST! Hope to see more of your work! Hugs!

  14. I LOVE this project. Good job Gail!

  15. This is just stunning!! I love how the purple pops! :)


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