DIY Antique Terra Cotta Pot

Last year’s terra cotta pots look great. So do last century’s. The problem can be new onesóvirgin 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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Ruth S
Ruth S5 days ago


Chrissie R
Chrissie R6 days ago

With the amount of minerals in NY water "new" pots look aged in just a few months.

Mike R
Mike R6 days ago


Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell2 years ago

Seems that these days, nothing is truly antique anymore. There seems to be a life hack here and there and all over the place in order to get things looking older than they actually are. And that's going to bring down the value of things that actually ARE old unless you have a discerning eye to tell what is old and what isn't.

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

great advertisement disguised as an article.

David S.
David S4 years ago

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

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

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

Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago

love this idea. TY

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Does it really look so antique?

Christine W.
Christine W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.