I love vintage garden pots but they are hard to find and often expensive. I decided to make my own from terra cotta red pots for my new spring garden.
I love everything vintage, including everything that is vintage gardening. But vintage garden pots can be pricey.
I decided to make my own.
I shared How To Age Terra Cotta Pots a while back and included two different ways to age garden pots.
Today I wanted to share which one of those methods is my favorite.
I love using Garden Lime.
You can see how great my pots look. don’t my terra cotta pots look like they have been around for a very long time?
Garden Lime Vintage Garden Pots
As I mentioned, I painted terra cotta red pots with Garden Lime and they look amazing!
It took me about five minutes to paint all of these pots.
I have been reorganizing our backyard these past few weeks. I used to have this amazing vintage wooden pot holder filled with succulents. I was ready for a change and decided it would be perfect for herbs and flowers.
There was one problem. I didn’t have enough terra cotta red pots.
I went to The Home Depot and bought enough to fill the wood plant stand.
All that was left to do was paint the terra cotta red pots to look like vintage garden pots. (Sport looks ready to help. Ok, maybe not!)
How to Paint Terra Cotta Red Pots to Look Like Vintage Garden Pots
What You Need
- One bag of Garden Lime
- Terra Cotta pots
- Sponge Brushes
- Paint stirrers
- Fine sandpaper, gloves, old plastic bowl
- Matte Clear spray
To age clay pots, mix two cups of garden lime with 1 1/2 cups water. Stir thoroughly (and continue stirring throughout the entire time).
The Garden Lime may look like tiny pebbles. Stir it, let it sit for a while, and then stir again. The pebbles will dissolve.
With a sponge brush, paint over pots with a thick coat of the lime. Add a second coat if necessary. Paint inside the pots about two to three inches from the top.
Let dry. Sand lightly with sandpaper to create aging spots.
Spray lightly with clear matte sealer (inside and outside of pots.) Can you believe how easy it is to age terra cotta pots?
Don’t they look old?
I cannot believe how easy these were to make.
As soon as the sealer was dry, I planted the pots!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Lime is a rock powder that serves as a soil conditioner, and while it does contain nutrients like calcium and magnesium, it’s not a fertilizer. It reduces the effect of elements like manganese, aluminum, and iron which are acidic and toxic to plants.
I see them at vintage flea markets all of the time. You can also find them online but shipping can be expensive.
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