Aging Terra Cotta Pots

Aging Terra Cotta Pots

You know those time worn pots that have that perfect patina with the white and green powdery finish?

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

You can wait for twenty or so years to get that look.  Or you can “speed up the process” with a few layers of paint.

Since I would qualify as an impatient decorator I take the latter route.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

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I will show you how to quickly achieve this look by “aging” terra cotta pots.

Supplies

Tutorial

Takes approximately 45 mins.

Spray paint a layer of gold on the pot and let dry.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

Brush on a messy layer of white milk paint and let dry.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

Brush on a messy layer of green milk paint and let dry.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

Distress the paint with 220 grit sand paper and get the four (including the terra cotta) different colors to show through in different places.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

Apply hemp oil over all the painted areas.

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

Here is a pot of mine (the one with the flowers) that has aged naturally over the last two decades.

The small one next to it, took me 45 minutes.

Most of which was drying time!

With a quick 5 step process you can give terra cotta pots that vintage, time worn patina!

“My garden of pots is like some living diary, a collection of occasions, memories, places and friendships.

Flowers exchanged, a fig tree given, campanula from a country-garden, seeds from far-off places, morning glory from a neighbor, your own geranium cuttings, and a clematis for a special day.”

~Sarah Midda

My favorite go to greenery for pots are lavender, ivy,  grass and boxwood.

So subtle and vintage!

And if you were eyeing those wicker basket planters, you can find them here.

When not holding my plants, they are in my kitchen holding apples, potatoes, etc like a tiny farmers market.

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13 Comments

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 29, 2017 / 2:25 PM

      I am so pleased that you are inspired!! xoxo

  1. May 29, 2017 / 1:50 PM

    I was just gardening this morning. This tutorial is just in time. I have some rosemary to plant. Thanks

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 29, 2017 / 2:27 PM

      Oh fun!! I love the timing, have fun!!

  2. Brenda
    May 29, 2017 / 6:35 PM

    You are such an artist! I love the crusty old surfaces and how much fun to create them.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 30, 2017 / 6:58 AM

      Awww, you give me a lot of credit. This project is hard to mess up, the more imperfect the better!

      • Suzanne Brodie
        May 30, 2017 / 9:26 PM

        Hi, just love this look, thank you. What does the hemp oil do and are there any alternatives, perhaps an oil that is more on hand? Many thanks.

        • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
          May 31, 2017 / 8:27 AM

          Suzanne, the hemp oil deepens all the colors and makes the piece looks aged. I bet you coud try olive oil or the like, though. You won’t ruin anything. That is such a great question!

  3. Tanya Hulbert
    June 4, 2017 / 10:10 PM

    Boy, I love how these pots turned out! I’d love to try this myself! I need to make a trip to IKEA soon. I also love the rimless pots.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 6, 2017 / 4:35 PM

      You would be great at this little project. xoxo

  4. Tonya
    June 10, 2017 / 3:29 PM

    I’ve been waiting for this post since I spotted that sweet little green pot on your piano! I have several old pots in need of a makeover. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:15 PM

      Oh good, you are such a faithful reader. I hope your pots turn out just how you want!

  5. June 25, 2017 / 6:44 AM

    Hi, Sarah. This is an amazing tutorial, the process looks so easy to do. A garden wouldn’t be complete without terra cotta pots and a worn out looking pot definitely adds charm to it.

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