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DIY Antique Terra Cotta Pot

DIY Antique Terra Cotta Pot
Last year’s terra cotta pots look great. So do last century’s. The problem can be new ones—virgin terra cotta can look so, well, orange. Your herbs deserve better. So we were excited at Gardenista when we spotted a simple DIY technique, via The Rescued Home, for transforming new terra cotta pots into instant antiques:

Giving terra cotta an aged look is an easy project you can tackle (and finish) in an afternoon. For a full list of instructions and materials, see The Rescued Home.

Above: The finished product looks ancient (in a good way!). Photograph via The Rescued Home.

Above: Start with a standard terra cotta pot, such as Ikea’s 11.75-inch-high Fotblad Plant Pot; $7.99. You’ll also need lime, paint brushes, a spray bottle, and polyurethane spray.

Above: Japanese Hake Brushes, designed for blending or applying a wash over a large area, are available in several sizes from Dick Blick; prices range from $10.58 to $32.94.

Above: A glass spray bottle such as the Ultimate Glass Spray Bottle is $8.43 from Olive Cart.

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7:38PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

great advertisement disguised as an article.

4:12AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Lloyd H, has the best suggestions in his comment. Ignore this article.

10:18AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Seems I made two typos. I meant "pots" not posts. Wish there was a spell checker on here.

10:45PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

love this idea. TY

6:38AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Does it really look so antique?

6:35AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

10:57AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Sorry for the typo. I meant tea OR coffee.

10:56AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Too expensive! Try soaking the posts in strong tea of coffee. I haven't tried it but I think it would help and it won't harm any plants.

9:09AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I wish this was a real article, instead of advertising. And why would you want to use something toxic like polyurethane spray?

8:58AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I've also heard you can soak it in cream and then put moss on it. I haven't tried it as I prefer ceramic pots.

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Really good info! Thanks for sharing!

Already on the grocery list, but thanks.

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