MAKE IT YOURSELF // Aging Terra Cotta Pots


I decided the hanging shelves would look great with some small pots and plants. I found these terra cotta pots at Home Depot for $1.29 but knew they needed some TLC. I am not a fan of the bright orange color (as seen above on the left). I have also never “aged” terracotta pots before but knew I wanted them to actually  “look old”, not look like they were “painted to look old”.

I did some research online and found a process featured on “This Old House” that I really liked. Plus it was really easy.

W H A T     Y O U ‘ L L     N E E D

One bag of Garden Lime

Terra Cotta pots

Sponge Brushes

Paint stirrers

Fine sandpaper, gloves, old plastic bowl

Matte Clear spray

S T E P    B Y    S T E P: 


STEP  #1 

Mix two cups of garden lime with 1 1/2 cups water.  Stir thoroughly (and continue stirring throughout the entire time).


STEP  #2

Cover pots with a thick coat of the lime. Add a second coat if necessary.


STEP  #3

Let dry. Sand lightly with sandpaper to create aging spots.

STEP  #4

Spray lightly with clear matte sealer (inside and outside of pots.)


STEP  #5

When completely dry add plants.



S H O P      T H E     P O S T

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3 thoughts on “MAKE IT YOURSELF // Aging Terra Cotta Pots

  1. Love this! I actually just turned a pot I got (the plant die haha I do not have a green thumb) into a rae Dunn inspired pot with a little chalk paint and vinyl! This idea would be fun too! Thanks for sharing!

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