Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to easily age terra cotta

Hello all! I am slowly but surely getting our house spring ready! Hopefully I will get it all done before summer! First stop was the mantel since that's the most noticeable area in the living room. I pulled out the moss letters and canvas ruffle wreath from last year. I had picked up a few mini terra cotta pots from Hobby Lobby and wanted to incorporate them somehow. I wanted them to be a little more aged looking so I decided to distress them myself. It is so easy and only took a few minutes to do them. Opening a can of paint when my kids are awake is typically a bad idea but I got it done before they even noticed what was happening. =)

You will need:
  • White chalk paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Terra cotta pots
  • Wet wash cloth
  • Sanding block

First, I dipped my paint brush in the paint and then painted the pot using uneven strokes so the color of the pot still showed through in some places.

It dried really fast so by the time I was done painting it was ready for distressing. I dampened an old cleaning rag and wiped off some of the paint so that more of the terra cotta would show. I also used a sanding block to sand the whole thing down until I liked the way it looked.

And that's it! So easy! I really like how they turned out. I'm thinking about doing some bigger ones for our front porch this year. 

I put little river rocks in the bottom of the pots to fill the space and then added little candles to the top.

Now I'm off to get some spring cleaning done before I pull out my sewing machine and try to make some progress on baby girls room!

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