How about making this easy idea to age terracotta pots using lime for a vintage look?
Living up our living spaces with flower pots is a cherished part of spring and summer home decor. However, finding aged terra-cotta pots has become increasingly challenging.
Fear not, I have found a fantastic solution! By using lime, you can effortlessly age your terra cotta pots, whether they are small or large. These charming pots can be enjoyed year-round, and I am excited to share creative ideas for incorporating them into your home decor. Join me on this journey as we explore the fun and easy process of using lime to give clay pots a beautifully aged appearance.
Lime: The Secret Ingredient To Age Terra Cotta Pots
Lime, an unsuspecting champion in the aging process, offers a convenient and effective solution. Its transformative properties allow us to replicate the appearance of weathered terra cotta pots effortlessly. This method works wonders on pots of all sizes, making it an ideal choice for both small and large clay pots alike. Now, let’s dive into the exciting process of aging your pots using lime.
Aging terracotta pots using lime serves multiple purposes. One of the primary motivations behind this technique is the ability of lime to generate a white, powdery coating on the pot’s exterior, creating an aged and weathered appearance. This is particularly appealing to individuals who adore the charm of antique or vintage terracotta pots.
Another reason is that lime can help reduce the porosity of the terracotta, making it less likely to absorb water and therefore less prone to cracking or breaking over time. This is because the lime reacts with the clay in the pot, forming a layer of calcium carbonate on the surface that can help to seal it.
To age a terracotta pot with lime, you can mix hydrated lime (also known as slaked lime) with water to form a paste, and then apply it to the surface of the pot using a brush or sponge. The lime will dry and form a white film on the surface of the pot, which will gradually weather and wear away over time, giving the pot an aged appearance. It is important to note that lime can be caustic, so it is recommended to wear gloves and eye protection when working with it.
Supplies List for the Aging Process:
- Organic Garden Lime – garden center
- New terra cotta pots – Home Depot or Dollar Tree
- chip paint brush or foam brush
- plastic container
- 120-grit sanding sponge or sand paper
- avocado or moss craft paint
How To Age Pots For A Vintage Look
Step 1: The Consistency Right to Age Pots
In the first step, add the chalky lime to a plastic bowl and add water. For the most part, the mixture should look like the consistency of pudding to use for this DIY aging terracotta pot.
Incidentally, for my project, I used more than 1 cup of water which differs from the package directions to get the right consistency for my DIY flowerpot project.
Normally the measurement is 2 cups of water to 1 cup of garden lime.
Because I’m using this lime technique on four small flowerpots and a few mini pots, I adjusted the exact breakdown. I am using much less lime for this easy lime clay pot craft idea to make this creative DIY.
Applying Mixture To Pots With A Cheap Brush
Step 2: Adding The Combination An Age Effect
Begin applying the lime mixture to the outside of the pot using my chip brush. I did leave some spots on the pots a bit heavier with the lime. Why? Because when pieces age in nature the pots would age differently in different areas.
Now let the pots dry. The drying process is relatively quick.
Clay Pots Dry Apply Polyurethane
Step 3: Clay Pots Dry Add A Clear Coat And Sand A Bit
After the pots dry, spray with a light coat of polyurethane. Being an organic product do not be alarmed, some lime may come off the pots and this is normal. Again, let the terracotta pots dry completely.
Next, use a 120-grit sanding sponge or 120-grit sand paper and lightly sand small sections of lime from the flower pots. This allows different variations of the organic material to appear. Also, sand sections allow the terracotta to show through in small areas on the pots. This lets the pots have a realistic aged look.
Adding A Touch Of Moss
Step 4: Adding A Moss Look
Add a little water to the green paint and mix it together. After adding a bit of the green paint on the rim with a small paintbrush, lightly smooth it to blend on the pots.
The part I truly enjoy about these garden-lime-aged pots is leaving variations of the lime. Why? Because as I begin applying avocado paint on areas the lime pots have the most natural-looking patinas.
Ways to Add Character Clay Pots
Aging Terra Cotta Pots Different Looks
Last year, I stumbled upon a different approach to revitalizing a 20-year-old pot. This technique involved dry brushing, and it turned out to be a delightful experience. In a blog post, I documented the step-by-step process of achieving this new look. By using a combination of colors and employing the dry brushing technique, I was able to breathe new life into the pot, resulting in a beautiful transformation.
Another exciting DIY project I embarked on was creating a topiary and employing a painting technique using white gesso. I also revealed how to achieve a moss-like effect by blending raw umber paint with green paint. To add a touch of realism, I shared a quick and simple method for creating fake dirt that closely resembles the real thing. This faux dirt can be made in just minutes and lends dramatic realism to artificial plants. I guarantee that the final outcome will leave you amazed!
How to Use These in Home Your Décor
Adding These to Home Decorating
Incorporating these lime-aged pots into your home decor can bring a beautiful touch from spring all the way through summer. Consider placing them in a china cabinet to add a pretty and charming element to your display. If you’re looking for inspiration, you may enjoy checking out my blog post on eggs and bunnies, where I showcase how these aged pots can be beautifully displayed for early spring.
Additionally, I’ve included a fantastic tutorial on reverse transferring in that same post, offering you another creative avenue to explore. Discover the endless possibilities these lime-aged pots bring to your home decorating endeavors.
I hope you enjoyed learning this easy tutorial to age terracotta pots using lime for a vintage look and give this idea a try for your home.