DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

March 14, 2013

We’ve all seen those perfectly aged, perfectly styled terra cotta pots that appear old and worn and well planted because they are old and worn and well planted. It takes years to get that perfect white, shadowy terra cotta and I’m not the most patient person you’ll ever meet. It’s the lime in the soil that creates that cloudy, white surface and I’ve seen tutorials using lime powder to create the same thing, but I didn’t happen to have any lime powder. I wondered if a few other powders I already had in my kitchen would do the same – baking powder and baking soda. It turns out, baking powder does! (Baking soda does not.) Read on to see how I did it, it’s super easy!
What you’ll need:
Terra cotta pots
Baking Powder
Ramekin for mixing
Paint brush

First, mix the baking soda with water. I didn’t measure, just approximate until the mixture is liquidy and stir-able. It will fizz and bubble a little bit as you stir it together.

Next, paint the baking powder and water mixture on your terra cotta pot.

Then, wait a few minutes for the water to dry and wipe the powder together to get rid of the paintbrush stripes. Repeat another layer of the baking powder and water mixture. Wipe the powder around again to smooth it out.

Plant a little succulent in your newly aged terra cotta pot and enjoy! Disclaimer: I think some of the powder might wear off over time and as you water your plant the water seeps through and will dilute the powder, but it’s so easy to reapply you can do a new coat any time you want!

7 thoughts on “DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

  1. Sunday Grant

    Awesome! I just saw some terra cotta posts with goldleaf on the rim and wanted to make them but I did not have any aged terra cotta pots!

  2. Lolly Jane

    Hello! Totally just remembered you were a blogger from our convo at SNAP when I was reading HD’s blog!! Super cute, love your clean style girl! Just pinned these and love em!

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