Whitewash: A Simple DIY Project

Spotted under a thatched roof at Dar Beida in Essouira, Morocco: the easiest (and maybe most transformative) DIY upgrade to a simple terra cotta pot or urn–a coat of matte white paint.

Above: Large terra cotta urns are painted white at Dar Beida. To read more about this villa, visit Midcentury Modern Meets Medina.

Above and below: To recreate the look, you’ll need a few inexpensive terra cotta pots, such as the 24 Pack of Standard Clay Pots for $30 from Amazon.

Above: A durable matte paint, such as Benjamin Moore’s Aura Flat Waterborne Exterior Paint, is $65.99 from Ace Hardware.

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Genoveva M.
Genoveva M G.2 years ago


Ellyn V.
Ellyn V.3 years ago

$30 for 24 terra cotta pots sounds like a good deal. But $66 for the paint? Sounds a bit ridiculous. They could have come up with a better suggestion than that.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez3 years ago

Ok,I'm working from Tom Sawyer here, but isn't white wash not as permanent as paint? Is the article talking about actual white wash, or just painting things white? A little explanation would have been helpful.

Sasha M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for the post!

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago


Cherry M.
Cherry M.3 years ago

$65 ???????????????? Why??????????

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Julie D.
Julie D.3 years ago

$65 for a can of paint to paint some clay pots is so silly!