Spring Thrift Store Decor – How to Age Terracotta Pots

Emily Traxler
by Emily Traxler
2 Materials
1 Hour

Hi friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Today I am so excited to be doing the monthly thrift store challenge. We took a few months off, but are back today with our latest thrifted treasures!

As usual, I waited until the very last moment to head to the thrift store to try to find a treasure to show y’all. When I got there, the shelves were bare! I searched the outdoor section and found a big selection of brand new terracotta pots! I went to grab a cart to fill with these beauties, but when I returned, there were only a few left. I was a little disappointed, but happily grabbed the few that were left on the shelf.

In the past, I have painted and slightly distressed clay pots, but today I wanted a little different look. I started by brushing a thick coat of joint compound onto each pot.

After the pots were mostly dry, I started by adding a little paint.

Then layered a few other colors on (blue, black, gray, and green)

I then put it under a stream of warm water, for just a second, and wiped the remaining color around with a wet paper towel, mixing the paint into the damp joint compound. I kept adding color, joint compound, and wiping away until I got the aged look that I wanted.

A quick coat of clear spray paint and these little cuties were done!

I love the aged look that the joint compound and paint was able to create!

I hope you all have a wonderful day, full of sunshine and happiness!

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  • Teresa Teresa on May 12, 2021

    Great idea, they have a farm house shabby chic feel. Inspiring indeed

  • MissEm MissEm on May 26, 2021

    Oh I think I like this better than clay kitty litter Ive been using to age them, lol!