I have been working on a few little crafty/diy projects lately, and always enjoy sharing them here. These “aged” terracotta pots are too cute not to share 🙂
Farmhouse Hutch, mini topiary bush | Mamas DanceI picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots with plans to age them up a bit. I like experimenting, so I tried a few different things! At less than $1 each this is a cheap and easy project… My daughter has been throwing me a few curve balls with her sleeping habits lately. She started climbing out of her crib so I had to move her to a toddler bed. She is just 2, and having her whole room to explore at night has been a little too tempting. All that to say, naps and bed time are when I usually try to carve out a little me time- but right now I need short little projects in case she is up and out of bed.

Aged Terra Cotta Pots using Chalk Paint | Mamas Dance

The left pot is a mix of MMS white wax, Country Chic Antiquing Wax and a little creamy chalk based paint brushed on, then quickly rubbed off along the bottom. I also did 2 additional pots using chalk paint and olive oil and that is the version I am going to share today.

How to Age Terracotta Pots Using Chalk PaintI started with plain ol’ pots.

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Then I brushed a sloppy coat of Country Chic creamy white paint I had left over from painting a dresser

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Once the pots had dried I sanded them until I was happy with the look.

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I felt like the pot looked really pink after sanding- it had lost it’s deep clay color, so I poured a little olive oil into a bowl and brushed it all over my pot. It deepened the color and gave me the look I was after. You can see what I mean in the photo…

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topiary ball in an aged terracotta pot | Mamas Dance

Aged Terra Cotta Pots using Chalk Paint | Mamas Dance-2Farmhouse Hutch, aged terracotta pots | Mamas Dance

I decided the trick was to keep them from looking the same. I sanded a little more or less, I left a few alone, and brushed some oil on others. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I also thought it would be fun to incorporate a few colors, maybe a soft grey layered with a mossy green… Hope you are inspired to get your craft on. Woohoo for having fun, making mistakes, and having little creative victories!

In case you are wondering why I am not showing you the whole hutch, it’s purely because it’s covered in books, tiny paint cans and craft supplies. Mm hmm. As I said- nap times have been short, and we are nearly finished with school, so our kitchen is a bit crazy as I clear out my kids school bins and rotate curriculum.

-Miss Ash

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