Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DIY Textured, Aged Pots




Recently I spent a leisurely time just walking through Pottery Barn, admiring all the accessories. Of the many things that caught my eye, I especially liked the beautiful terra cotta pots. They were brand new, but they looked 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 flowers.

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 spray paint. You should be able to find it with the spray paint at big box home stores, or you can order it from Amazon. It's a little more expensive than regular spray paint, but not outrageous.



I sprayed my pots 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. 


Since then, I've seen other DIY aged pots, but those don't have the texture of the pots that inspired me.  The extra step of applying the Stone spray paint is well worth it!


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36 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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  6. Very cute! They look like the real thing.

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

    Thanks for sharing!

    Lou Cinda :)

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

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

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

    ~Heather

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. 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

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

    :) Great job!

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

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  17. Aren't you smart? Love them! GORGEOUS!

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  18. 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

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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!

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

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

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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

    hugs
    Missy :)

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  25. 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.

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

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  27. 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!

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

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  29. 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

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  30. Love this! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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

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