DIY Project: Ageing terracotta 3 ways

DIY Project: Ageing terracotta 3 ways

Interior designer and author Tahn Scoon has 3 DIY ways to transform plain terra otta pots into weathered works of wonder.

By Guest Styler | 29th July 2014

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

Materials Needed:

  • milk paint
  • lime
  • 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

Materials Needed:

  • 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)

Materials Needed:

  • lime
  • water
  • 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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