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I’ve been working on a little container garden for my front porch. I love the look of aged clay pots. I also prefer white pots to the orangey terra-cotta ones. Orange is not really my favorite color and I feel like it distracts from the plants a bit. Despite my distaste for orange, I’ve had this little terra-cotta pot for a few years now. It’s got some chips and dings but the color is, unfortunately, staying strong. I decided to speed things up a bit.
I wiped it down and let it dry out, then wiped on some white-ish paint (Quail Egg by Valspar) that I had on hand.
Then I wiped on a thin coat of some taupe mistint paint that I picked up for a $1 a few projects back.
I gave it a light sanding all over, then three more coats of white paint, sanding between coats. Taking the care to sand between coats is rather unlike me, but I really didn’t want it to look like it had obviously been painted.
After the final coat had dried, I gave it a pretty aggressive sanding and used the side of a paint stir stick to scratch it up.
Then I rolled it around in some compost until it looked nice and dirty.
My only regret is using semi-gloss instead of flat paint. I think even the subtle sheen is too much. I’m happy with the result, but I think I’ll keep experimenting with techniques to age the cheap-o clay pots from the nursery. I’m thinking some sort of wash may do the trick. Have any of y’all discovered a cheap, easy, and effective method for making new-ish pots look old? Or found an inexpensive source for old pots?