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Whitewash: A Simple DIY Project

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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12:04PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Thanks.

9:41AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

$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.

6:52AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

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.

12:37AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thanks for the post!

9:59PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks.

9:56PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks.

9:41PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

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

8:55PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Overkill.

8:11PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

7:14PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

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

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