Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DIY Textured, Aged Pots
Inspired by Pottery Barn




This weekend I spent a leisurely time just walking through Pottery Barn, enjoying all the new fall accessories. One thing that caught my eye were these adorable terra cotta pots:

image courtesy potterybarn.com


Don't they look as if they'd been gracing a garden for years, building up a wonderful patina? These were dotted throughout the store, holding everything from moss balls to topiaries to silk sunflowers.

Inspired by Pottery Barn, I figured out a way to make my own "aged" pots.

I started with plain terra cotta pots, each about a buck from a garden center.


I sprayed them lightly with this fleck stone product from my spray paint stash


until they looked like this.


Then I sanded them for a distressed look, and dabbed on some craft paint in a few different shades to mimic the dirt and moss.


That's it!  It couldn't be more simple, and the only pricey part of making it is the spray paint--but one can goes a long way. 


To see more Pottery Barn-inspired projects? Check out this party at The CSI Project!  And for more transformations, join Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage and the Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick.


36 comments:

Karen said...

Too cute; and the greenery looked great in them. Have a blessed day!
In HIM,
Karen

Southern Lady said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. I will have to make me some now. Carla

Holly said...

I'm impressed...great job! I might even be able to do that.

Roo @ NiceGirlNotes said...

Wow, looks great! Would never have guessed that it's not PB. :D

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Beautiful job! You are the inspiration with that great tutorial. Thanks!

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Very cute! They look like the real thing.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!! I love topiaries and at $3 a pop I can love them a lot more!!

Thanks for sharing!

Lou Cinda :)

Dawn said...

you are amazing! i gave up looking at pottery barn catalogs... sad, i know.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Now that is so clever and so cute. I love it. Your pots turned out wonderful too. Very creative. Hugs, Marty

Mrs. Jones said...

I have that paint! It never occurred to me to paint the pots with it. Looks great!

~Heather

Paula said...

That really does look like Pottery Barn! I scrub my pots with bleach water at the end of each growing season so I never achieve the mossy or salted look.

Scooper said...

Oh you. Thanks for your ever-encouraging comment.

And while you're at all this cute crafting business, please come do something crafty at my house. My kids have taken it over with their boxes-turned-spaceships and toys and crayons...and neediness. : ) Tell me the day to craft will come again.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, Richella, it's lovely!! It looks just as good, if not better, than the PB version!!

Cyndi said...

Oh wow that looks soooo good! You always inspire me:)
I was so glad to hear from you on my blog. I felt like I'd heard from an old friend(not that we're old) but I missed you. I took a little sabbatical but it feels good to be back.
Blessings,
Cyndi

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Those look great, and it's only a few steps (and bucks) which is perfect.

:) Great job!

Chic Creations said...

That is very cleaver and cute. I must try it sometime. Thanks for sharing.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Aren't you smart? Love them! GORGEOUS!

Jane said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by Finding Fabulous yesterday! I absolutely love your distressed lil'pot! I may have to try this one...it looks so easy! The easy one's are my favorite projects!

jane
Finding Fabulous

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Wow! Looks great!!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

you are amazing. I would have never thought to use the stone spray paint. I want to weather mine up some more, so I'll have to try it! they look fantastic, my friend...

Vanessa said...

I'm sad, I saw those same stems at my Target and didn't get them! They look awesome! ...better than PB's if you ask me!

Nicole said...

How innovative! Love it!

Dolly said...

Love this project-and have to try this tomorrow!!!!:)

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

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{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Well.... Isn't that just the most clever idea... LOVE it.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Whimsy by Victoria said...

Love how these turned out Richella!! Beautiful...I will have to make some of these. Thanks for the inspiration and great idea!

Hugs,
Victoria

My Cottage Charm said...

Richella, you are one smart cookie! :) They look just like the PB ones..great job!

hugs
Missy :)

Debra from Bungalow said...

They look great!

Duly Inspired said...

This is a great ideaa! Another idea is to simply brush plain (unflavored) yogurt (yes yogurt) on the pots. Put them outside in the shade and your pots are transformed in 10-20 days.

Rebecca @ Throw Open the Windows said...

Love this!!! And I have just the pot to do this with. You are so creative!! Rebecca

The Reluctant Blogger said...

I have a gazillion pots that I have been super ho hum about lately...thanks for the post...I can't wait to get some of that paint and try it out!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

So cute Richella! I put this on my tumblr!!

Cyndi@Walking in His Grace said...

Those look amazing!!! Have a great weekend!
Love ya
Cyndi

Nanci said...

I tried to replicate this but I must have done something wrong. Can you give more info such as the craft paint colors and how you applied it. Also, how many coats of the stone did you apply? Any additional details would be much appreciated. I think they are soooo cute and want to make mine look as good as yours!
Thank you,
Nanci

Bonnie said...

Love this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Love this Richella! How did I not see this two years ago? I'm doing it! :)

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