If you’re a fan of the way aging terra cotta pots look, you’re among good company here. Join me for this simple tutorial to get that beautiful worn patina in a fraction of the time!
You know those time worn pots that have that perfect patina with the white and green powdery finish?
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.
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I will show you how to quickly achieve this look by “aging” terra cotta pots.
- Terra cotta pot
- The dirtier the better!
- Simple, rimless pots look very vintage. Here are the ones I found at IKEA, I didn’t use the saucers.
- Gold Spray Paint
- White Milk Paint
- I like mix my milk paint with this milk frother.
- Green Milk Paint
- 220 Grit Sand Paper
- Hemp Oil
Takes approximately 45 mins.
Spray paint a layer of gold on the pot and let dry.
Brush on a messy layer of white milk paint and let dry.
Brush on a messy layer of green milk paint and let dry.
Distress the paint with 220 grit sand paper and get the four (including the terra cotta) different colors to show through in different places.
Apply hemp oil over all the painted areas.
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!
“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.”
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.