Daylight savings time is upon us and I have an instantaneous urge to run out to the nursery and buy more plants and flowers than I can plant in one sitting! I am a huge fan of terra cotta planters, but the high-end ones that look centuries old tend to be super expensive. You can buy very inexpensive ones at box stores like the Home Depot, but they tend to look too new. Over time, these pots whiten with age as a result of minerals leaching from the water.
I did a little research and what do you know . . . it is very easy to create the “weathered” look on your own.
Here is what you do to create the look on your own:
- Terra Cotta Pot(s)
- Lime powder
- Bristle brush
- Medium-grit sand paper (about 150 grit)
STEP 1: Mix 1 cup of lime powder into 2 cups of water until it takes on a thick consistency. Paint a coat of the solution onto the pot. For a natural look, apply it sparingly in some areas and generously in others.
STEP 2: When the pot is coated and still wet, take a spray bottle of water on the “stream” setting and let some of the lime powder solution run off.
STEP 3: Allow the pot to dry. Use the sandpaper in a light pattern to create a gently mottled surface.
BOOM. There you are in 3 easy steps. Plant some lavender because you have just been transported to a patio in Provence!
If you have some Annie Sloan chalk paint on hand you can head over here for a tutorial on how to age terra cotta pots using chalk paint.
Stay tuned. I plan to do a post on getting moss to grow on these beauties!