How to Make Aged Terracotta Pots With Chalk Paint

6 Materials
1 Hour

Follow these simple steps to give normal, plain terracotta pots new life with just a few materials. Reuse the pots seasonally and plan mini cedar trees in them for the holidays.

Step 1: Gather What You Will Need
  • 3-5 Terracotta Pots
  • 1 Quart of Amy Howard One Step Paint - Linen
  • 1 Small Tub Sheetrock Spackle
  • 1 Bottle Amy Howard Matte Sealer
  • 1 Roll Paper Towels
  • I piece of Medium grit sand paper
Step 2: Apply Spackle to Terracotta Pot

Using a paper towel, scoop up some of the spackle onto your paper towel. Begin applying the spackle to the terracotta pot liberally. It's okay if it gets thick because we can always use a sanding block to rub some of it away. The point of this step is to begin to give the pot texture.

Step 3: Apply Chalk Paint Layer

Any type of white/linen/cream chalk paint will do for this. First, water it down using 2:1 ratio of paint to water. This will yield the correct consistency. Not too thick, not too thin.

Then, using a simple craft brush - lightly brush the paint solution on the terracotta pot making sure to cover over the spackle.

Add another layer of spackle as needed. It's up to you to determine how much texture you would like.

Step 4: Sand and Distress

Using a sanding block or a piece of sandpaper, lightly sand around the terracotta pot until achieving the desired distressing.

Step 5: Seal

In order to protect the paint and spackle from wear, seal the surface of the pot with a matte sealer. For this project, Amy Howard matte sealer will work perfectly. Use a simple craft brush to lightly cover the pot with a sealer.

Finish Up with Some Greenery

Finish off this project by planting some succulents or mini cedar trees.

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