Today, we’re sharing how to white wash terracotta pots with chalk paint. I love to be outside every chance I get so it was fun to spend a few hours last week working in our potting shed. We’re not doing anything major to it right now, mostly just prepping the shed for a new season.
I’ll admit it’s been tough keeping the plants on the front porch and around our property alive in this crazy Florida heat though. As my sisters both say, “It’s hotter than a pepper patch!”
Searching for Indoor Plant Inspiration
While I won’t be planting anything new outside for a few months, I’m always 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, sweet potato vines or embrace faux plants from IKEA. I think some herbs in the kitchen or succulents would be pretty too.
While I’m trying to decide which indoor plants will work best, I’ve been on the hunt for pots and containers that look like they’ve been aged over time. I’ve seen terracotta pots that have been given a white wash with milk paint, some that have strictly used white wax and even some other weathering techniques that use buttermilk. Given I had a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White left from a few other projects, I decided to give it a try too.
Here’s a look at how you can give your terracotta pots and “aged” appearance with chalk paint. Bonus, you can personalize them too…
White Washing Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint Supplies:
- Terracotta Pots (size of your choice)
- Tarp (to protect your surfaces)
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (we used Old White)
- Chip Brush
- Cup of Water
- Paper Towels or Old Rag/Tee Shirt
- Computer, Printer, Paper to Print Out of Words/Quotes or Stencils (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Graphite Pencil (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Scissors (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Blue Painters Tape (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Ball Point Pen (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Black Craft Paint (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
- Fine Detail Art Brush (optional unless you are customizing your terracotta pots)
White Washing Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint Steps:
Start with a clean terracotta pot using a paper towel, cloth, or tarp to protect your work surface.
Next, water down your chalk paint just a bit (think the consistency of crepe batter as opposed to the consistency of pancake batter) and paint directly on the pot with a brush or
dip a paper towel, cloth or shop towel directly into the thinned out paint and wipe directly on to the terracotta pot.
Continue to layer with the white washed chalk paint mixture until you’ve achieved the aged look you’re after.
Blot with a paper towel as needed to help lessen the appearance of brush strokes.
Allow the white washed terracotta pot to dry completely. So pretty and easy too, right?
How to Personalize White Washed Terracotta Pots:
At this point you can leave the terracotta 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 then print it out on plain white paper from the printer at your home.
Using caution and care as scissors will be sharp cut around the word/phrase/number then flip it over and color over the expression with a no. 2 lead or graphite pencil.
Once you’re finished, placed the graphite colored portion directly onto the “aged” pot and secure in place with blue painter’s tape.
Next, using a ballpoint pen outline each letter or number.
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.
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.
So Many Options to Try
I couldn’t decide between leaving the pots aged, adding a number or adding a phrase so I tried all three.
Using a number on the terracotta pots would be cute for birthdays, special occasions or house numbers too.
Using a word or expression would be good gift to give as a get well soon, thinking of you, new neighbors or even as something special for your child’s teacher. After all, you-know-what will be starting in just a few short weeks.
Of course you could always add a monogram or the name of your house for a dose of southern charm. You could also create a French inspired flower pot as well, Honestly, the possibilities are endless!