From New Vintage; the homemade home by Tahn Scoon.
Photography by Anastasia Kariofyllidis
I’ve been working on aging terracotta pots for a while. Initially I tried the natural way, brushing yogurt on the pot. Let’s just say that what grew on the pot wasn’t anything that I wanted to share. (Nasty, nasty mold). So I gave up on the au naturale method and embraced the faux methods. Here are three ways you can add a little visual interest to a simple, cheap terracotta pot.
Look 1: Lime
- milk paint
- terra cotta pot
- sponge brush
- medium grip sandpaper
You can even skip the lime step. The lime just adds a little additional texture.
- Using a sponge brush apply milk paint to the terracotta.
- Let paint dry for at least one hour.
- Apply lime as directed above.
- Once lime has dried, sand the pot to get the desired effect.
Look 2: Wood Stain
- dark wood stain
- old rag/cloth
- terra cotta pot
The wood stain gives the terracotta a dark weather-beaten look. I love the texture!
- Dip an old rag into the wood stain.
- Rub stain evenly into the terracotta.
- Rub off the excess.
Let the stain dry and repeat for a mottled look.
Look 3: Milk Paint & Lime (as pictured)
- terracotta pot
- natural brush
- medium grit sandpaper
You can find lime at your hardware store in the garden section. The lime adds a lovely weathered texture to the terracotta. If this is going to be an outdoor pot, then the milk paint method might be better for you – the lime will wash away in the first rain.
- Mix one part lime to two parts water. Stir until fully combined.
- Using a natural brush, brush the lime over the pot. It will dry fairly quickly.
- Once the lime wash is completely dry, randomly sand the pot to achieve desired weathered look.
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