DIY Distressing and Aging Terra Cotta Pots

Saturday, October 22, 2016 0

It’s time to add a little farmhouse look to the front porch.

Vintage looking items… antiques… distressed. Anything old and farm like. Let’s go with pots. I’ll attempt to distress in the easiest and cheapest way possibly my flower pots. Would you agree that there is just something that attracts the eye to an old looking flower pot?

While I was at my moms house, I found some old empty terra cotta pots and I brought them home not knowing exactly what I would do with them at that point in time. Now, they sit on my front porch with my fall decor. They fit in flawlessly with my pumpkins and antique decor. All I did was add a little acrylic paint and voila!… I’ve now got myself some aged and distressed (or so they appear) terra cotta plants. 

Here is a picture of my boring pots before placed on a paint drip cloth ready to be distressed.



What you’ll need:

Terra Cotta Plant Pots

Drip cloth (or plastic, paper)

Acrylic paint (I used white, tan and brown colors)

Sponge brush (or regular brush)

Cup with water

Sandpaper (optional)


First, place your paints on a flat disposible surface such as a plastic or paper plate. I used the box lid shown in the picture above. I placed a small amount of each paint on there but did not mix them. 

Next, wet your pots and leave them soaking wet. Do not dry off. I used the water hose in my back yard. 

Dip your brush in the water and leave it wet by not shaking off the excess water. The combination of the excess water on the flower pots and brush will help dilute the paint and make it slightly runny. Paint (or smear) the paint not the wet terra cotta pots. Blend the colors together on the pot to get your desired color. Allow the pot to dry. 



That’s it! If you would like to thin out some of the thicker painted areas, once it dries you can sand it softly with some sandpaper. 

Here is one of my finished distressed and aged Terra Cotta Pot! I am very happy with it on my porch. 


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