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How To: Quickly Age Garden Pots

Give plain terra-cotta garden pots weathered style with our three easy techniques.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014|

Give plain terra-cotta garden pots weathered style with our three easy techniques. Before starting, wipe the pots with a damp cloth to remove any debris.     The first project uses garden lime to create a mottled finish. Gather the following materials.      Combine one cup of garden lime with one cup of water in the glass jar. Secure the lid and shake to mix the garden lime and water. Remove the lid and stir the mixture with a paint stick until it forms a paste onto the outside of the pot. After the finish dries, remove some of the resulting grit with fine sandpaper for desired appearance. In a well-ventilated area, spray the outside of the container with two to three light coats of the clear enamel topcoat. This will protect the finish. Then spray the inside of the pot to prevent moisture absorption when watering the plants.     Plant herbs or flowers in your instantly aged pots and display them on a deck or patio.    The second project gives containers a chipped-paint look, which is perfect for a cottage garden. Gather the following materials.     Apply a coat of acrylic paint to the outside of the pot. When the paint is almost dry but still sticky to the touch, use coarse sandpaper to remove areas of paint and create streaks. You can either stop there or repeat the process with a darker paint color for a two-tone effect.     To protect the paint job, spray the outside of the pot with two to three coats of the clear enamel topcoat in a well-ventilated area. Spray the inside of the pot to prevent moisture absorption. Your finished chipped-paint pot will add cottage character to any patio or porch.     The final project gives pots a weathered look by adding rough texture. Gather the following materials. Be sure to wear gloves during each step.      To begin, apply the primer to the outside of the pot. Let it dry, and then add a coat of white acrylic paint. When the paint dries, brush on a layer of the clear crackle medium, which gives the pot texture.      After the crackle medium dries, apply a coat of the dark stain to highlight bumps and ridges. To protect the finish after it dries, spray the outside of the pot with two to three layers of a clear enamel topcoat in a well-ventilated area. Also spray the inside of the post to keep it from absorbing moisture.     Your new textured garden container will look great in any garden setting.