Life Love Larson: “Weathered” Terra Cotta


Thursday, May 3, 2012

“Weathered” Terra Cotta

I had a conversation with a friend today about indoor plants, and I realized I had never blogged about a terra cotta pot I painted a few months back.  They are inexpensive, functional, come in several different sizes, easily transformed, and also look great as is. 

I read somewhere that you could make a terra cotta pot look old and weathered by rubbing a candle all over it and then dry brushing with paint.  I gave it a shot and love the look!


This project takes about 5 minutes.  I used an old candle, a paint brush, and some blue/grey paint samples.  FYI - thrift stores are excellent places to find terra cotta pots, or any pots for that matter.


The key is to not use a lot of paint.  Keep the brush really dry and keep adding layers of paint until you achieve the look you like.  I used a few different shades of blue and grey to give it some dimension.


I don’t know that it really looks old and weathered, but I love how it turned out. I have it on our built-in buffet for an added touch of color against the dark wood.


The coral indoor/outdoor begonia is from Trader Joe’s!

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  1. Very nice! Looks just like some of the pots on my deck!

  2. It looks wonderful...a mossy green would give it that well, mossy patina too.

  3. Oh, I think it's lovely! I definitely need to give this a try!

  4. Love love love this. I'm definitely going to try this for my back porch area. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower stopping by from Between Naps on the Porch.

  5. Love the weathered look. I use mine clay pots over and over for yrs...unless I break one!

  6. Love it! Going to Pin it! Stopping by from Wow Us Wednesday.

  7. Love the look of the pot! So very cute. We're so glad you joined us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks and come back soon!! -The Sisters

  8. Great idea! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  9. Great quick'n easy project - my type!

  10. Andrea, I like how your pot turned out. I have to give this a shot. I'm now your newest follower.

  11. Very pretty. I'd like to try this.