Want to learn how to give your average terra cotta pot this distressed, shabby chic look? I’m popping in today to share a brief tutorial on how I created these pretty, blue succulent planters. As you can see from the before shot below, these pots were just screaming out for color. A little paint and 4 easy steps was all it took to give them an aged makeover. I’m really happy with how they turned out, what do you think?
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DIY Distressed Terra Cotta Pots
To start you’ll need some terra cotta pots, a sponge paint brush, and some paint. For mine, I used chalk paint in nautical blue and antique white. It’s important to note that chalk paint won’t hold up outdoors. I chose to keep mine under a covered patio, and since we don’t have extreme weather conditions where I live, I’m confident they won’t wear. If you want your pots to hold up outdoors, use an outdoor craft acrylic paint. Lastly, you’ll need some wax for a final coating.
Take your blue (or main color), and paint messy horizontal stripes as shown in the picture below. I also painted a few inches down the inside of the pot. Dutch helped me with this step, it was so much fun.
Take your white, and paint more messy horizontal stripes all over as shown in the picture below.
Take your blue (or main color) and paint long, smooth, horizontal stripes all over. Make sure to leave some white and and the base coloring of the pot showing through.
Apply a coat of wax to protect the paint and give it a little shine.
Now all that’s left is to fill them! I chose succulents and decorated them with moss and blue glass stones.
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