Elevate a plain-Jane glass vase, serving bowl, or mirror from your local thrift shop with the projects in Sonia Lucano's Glass Engraving (Potter Craft). All you'll need is a stencil (or an artistic hand and, instead of an engraving tool, try glass-etching cream ($8.50 for three ounces; etchworld.com).
Not crafty? Artisan Nina Invorm updates vintage ceramics with whimsical illustrations—say, a peacock superimposed over floral china (pieces start at $18; ninainvorm.etsy.com).
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