White Washing Terra Cotta Pots with Chalk Paint

If you guys follow on Instagram you’ve seen my struggles to keep the plants on the front porch alive in this crazy Florida heat. As my sister’s say, “It’s hotter than a peppa patch!”

While I won’t be planting anything new outside for a few months, I’m definitely on the hunt for plants that will thrive indoors. I’m still trying to decide if I want to tackle the fickle fiddle leaf fig tree, low key air plants, violets and sweet potato vines or embrace faux plants from IKEA. Let me know if you guys have had success with any of these or if you recommend something better. I’ll take all the help I can get!

The only thing I know for sure is that I want containers that look as if they’ve been aged over time. I’ve seen terracotta pots that have been given a white wash look with milk paint, white wax and even buttermilk. I had a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White left from a few other projects so I decided to give it a try. It was so easy! Here’s a look at how you can give your terra cotta pots and “aged” appearance with chalk paint and bonus you can personalize them too…

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Start with a clean terrra cotta pot using a paper towel or cloth to protect surfaces.

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Next, water down your chalk paint just a bit (thinking crepe consistency not pancake consistency) and paint directly on the pot with a brush or

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dip a paper towel, cloth or shop towel directly into the thinned out paint and wipe directly on to the terra cotta pot.

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Continue to layer with paint mixture until you’ve achieved the aged look you’re after.

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Blot with paper towel as needed to help lessen the appearance of brush strokes.

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Allow to dry. So pretty, right?

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At this point you can leave the pot “aged” or you can personalize your pot to give it a custom look. To add something that has special meaning, use a program like Word to spell out what you want to express and print it out on plain white paper from the printer at your home.

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Cut around the word/phrase/number then flip it over and color over the expression with a no. 2 lead or graphite pencil.

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Once you’re finished, placed the graphite colored portion directly onto the “aged” pot and secure in place with blue painter’s tape.

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Next, using a ballpoint pen outline each letter or number.

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After you’ve outlined each letter or number, lift the paper off the pot where you should see the expression image has been transferred directly onto the “aged pot.”

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Use a fine point art brush and an acrylic craft paint of your choice (I’m using black) to outline and fill in your expression image.

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I couldn’t decide between leaving the pots aged, adding a number or adding a phrase so here’s a look at all three.

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Using a number on the pots would be cute for birthdays, special occasions or house numbers.

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Using the word/expression would be good to give as get well soon, thinking of you, new neighbors or even a gift for your child’s teacher because you-know-what will be starting in just a few short weeks.

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A monogramed pot would be cute too…just saying…effortless southern charm

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Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

    • says

      Thanks so much ladies! I’ve had luck with peace lilies but I will definitely try ivies. I’ve never even heard of corn plants before so I’m going to have to look those up. You guys are so fancy, hugs, CoCo

  1. Monica Hannaman says

    Wow Mandy! You are so talented & I am amazed to see that you are still making your beautiful furniture & projects. You make it seem so easy that I might just have to give this one a try! Missing you & have NEVER forgotten you, Mon

    • says

      So good to hear from you, Monica! It’s like we blinked and all this time has passed. I think about you all the time too. I happen to know you’re one talented lady so you could definitely do this. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

    • says

      I so appreciate that Mary Beth, thank you! I never thought about using them at a shower or wedding for table numbers and centerpieces. That is definitely a creative idea. Your kids are lucky to have you 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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