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Black and White Abstract Bowl

By: Jennifer Rizzo
October 12, 2020

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Black and White Abstract Bowl
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Vintage and reclaimed wood bowls can take on an entirely new life with a little paint! Finding old bowls and painting them to use in different seasonal decorating is great way to add an interesting custom decor item without breaking the bank. I used Americana® Pearls™ to create an upcycled black and white abstract bowl for a fun boho look. Americana® Pearls™ adds a beautiful, soft shimmer effect without being too over the top.

Creating this gorgeous look was easy! We painted the outside in a two-tone on the sides, and then added fun boho-inspired arrows and dashes! The inside is painted with the beautiful Lamp Black Pearls to add depth and sheen. You just need a few supplies to recreate this project.

Items needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Black Tie
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Cotton Ball
  • Americana Pearls 2oz - Lamp Black
  • Americana Pearls 2oz - Snow White
  • A soft flat brush
  • A soft round brush
  • Wooden bowl


Clean the bowl and make sure it’s free of all grease and oil. If it seems like it’s been waxed, or has a  glossy finish, give it a quick sanding first for better paint adhesion. Once it’s painted, the bowl will be for decorative use only and no longer used for food.

Begin painting one side of the bowl to almost the middle, leaving the paint lines uneven with the Multi-Surface Satin™ paint in Black Tie.

Instruction #1 - Painting bowl in multisurface paint Jennifer Rizzo
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Once it dries repeat on the other side with the Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics in Cotton Ball.

Instruction #2 - Painting thrift store bowl with white paint Jennifer Rizzo
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Paint the top rim of the bowl (if it has one) with the black multi-surface paint.

Instruction #3 - Painting edge of wood bowl Decoart Pearls Jennifer Rizzo
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When both sides and the edge are dry, paint over them with black multi-surface paint and with Americana® Pearls in Lamp Black using long, even strokes. The color will brush on a little lighter, and will dry much darker and richer in appearance.

Instruction #4 - Painting bowl with Americana Pearls in Lamp Black Jennifer Rizzo
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Once the side of the wood bowl with the black paint is dry, repeat with the Snow White Pearls to create your black and white pattern. Add with long, even strokes and let it dry.

Instruction #5 - Using Snow White Decoart Pearls Jennifer Rizzo
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Use the Americana® Pearls in Lamp Black to paint the inside surface of the bowl, applying two coats if needed to deepen the color and effect.

Instruction #6 - DecoArt Americana Pearls Lamp Black Jennifer Rizzo
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Once the inside has dried, flip the bowl over to paint fun designs. We painted a black dash pattern over the white, and a fun white arrow pattern over the black. That’s the great part about boho style, you can be as creative as you like and try painting all kind of marks!

Instruction #7 - Painting Dashes on Boho Bowl Jennifer Rizzo
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Instruction #8 - Painting white arrows on boho bowl  with Pearls Jennifer Rizzo
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When it has dried for 24 hours, it’s ready to style!

Instruction #9 - Inside of boho bowls with pearls Jennifer Rizzo
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Black and white is such a classic combo, and abstracts and boho are so trendy; they are a great pairing! The light, pearlescent sheen of Americana® Pearls is the perfect backdrop to add some "wow" to this upcycled bowl project!

Instruction #10 - Thrift Store Bowl before upcycle Jennifer Rizzo
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Instruction #11 - Final Painted Boho Bowl19
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I'm thinking of using this project for a library program. I noticed that the bowls used in the demo pics were not meant for food use. How would I ensure that the bowl would be safe to eat from?

Gilbert Lopez

February 14, 2021

Hey Gilbert! Thanks for your question. There are lots of food-safe finishes out there you can use on top of wood pieces to ensure you can eat from them. We recommend googling around or going to your local craft/home improvement store where they should have some options for you to choose from.


February 25, 2021

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