How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

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When looking around for flower pots, I found them to be expensive and bought clay pots instead. I like the look of clay but recently read many articles online on how to achieve the look of aged terra cotta. I know, not everyone might like the aged terra cotta look but I did.

Today, I will share with you this very simple and inexpensive way on how I recreated this look. There are different tutorials online about ‘how to’ but I tried my own way and I’m happy with the result.

with a damp cloth, clean the clay pot to remove any dirt or dust:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

I free poured water and white acrylic paint into a small Tupperware and mixed them. Use a small paintbrush to coat the clay pot. I used random brush strokes without a specific design in mind. I felt this gave it a natural look:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

The paint will dry very fast. The number of coats of paint you add is up to you. For an aged/distressed look, it’s preferable to use less paint:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

The next step is very simple, lightly sand the pots using finishing sand paper:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

From the picture below, you can see the difference between a painted and a non-painted clay pot:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

Once I had painted them all, I decided to sand these small pots less than the previous ones in order to have a different effect and I liked how the white and green popped in our kitchen.

Don’t forget to clean the pots one last time with a damp cloth to remove any dust left behind:

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

In the picture below, you can see my succulent plant ready to be planted in the big clay pot and a mini succulent plant planted in my new distressed pot. I love looking at these in my kitchen every day. When it’s beautiful outside, we get a lot of natural sunlight through our kitchen windows, I hope this will help them grow and stay alive. If I succeed on keeping all these beauties alive, I just might get rid of all the fake ones I have around.

How to give your terracotta pots an aged look

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