DIY Aged TerraCotta Pots

I love a good deal almost as much as I love a good before and after. It's even better when both come together and create a project I've been drooling over in the stores but haven't necessarily been able to pull the trigger to buy. There is far more satisfaction in creating something rather than purchasing a completed piece, and if I can do it on a budget, then it's a major bonus! I love the current farmhouse style trend and love being able to bring some living greenery inside and this project mixes both of those with an updated thrift store find. 

I do a lot of thrift store and garage sale shopping and while it's sometimes hard to get creative and see past the current state of an item, it's possible. I usually have to remind myself multiple times to look at the bones of something and get past the current color. In fact, color is one of the easiest things to change. I have a huge stash of spray paint in many different colors because it's such a quick transformation for so many items.

I found this hot pink wooden tray at my local second hand store. It looked like it had a bad spray paint job, but overall, it was an interesting shape and I knew I could look past the color since I could easily change it with some spray paint.

I love the look of an aged terracotta pot but not necessarily the price tag or the time it would take to create one, so I found a way to create my own DIY aged terracotta and I found that four pots would fit perfectly into my newly spray painted tray. 

DIY Aged TerraCotta Pots

These are the supplies you will need to age a terracotta pot:

You want to start by taking about a quarter cup of baking soda and mixing it with equal parts water until you make a paste. I mixed it well with my small brush and added some liquid school glue {about a teaspoon} to help the paste stick to the pot.

When you brush on your baking soda mixture it will look clear but it will dry like this:

It doesn't take long to dry {about 5 minutes}. After it dries, take a napkin and gently rub the extra paste off of the pot. Then repeat the process of painting on the liquid paste {make sure you stir it again before each application} and then rubbing off the excess. The end result will take about 3 coats at least, but it's personal preference. After the final coat is dry and you've rubbed off the extra and the pot has the desired look, take hairspray and spray the outside of the pot. The hairspray will help keep the paste from coming off the pot and will help your pot look good for years to come.

Once my pots were finished and the tray was dry, I planted rosemary into the pots and placed them in my tray. 

I love how this upcycled project turned out. It looks like something I would see at Magnolia Market. Ever wonder if you should make a special trip to Magnolia Market? I'm happy to give you my honest opinion.

If the farmhouse style isn't your thing, you can always go for a more modern look with some copper pots and succulents. I picked these up at Target. 

Who knew you could make aged terracotta with some baking soda? Why not give it a try and let me know how it turns out. Tag me on social media @msrachelteodoro. I love to see how you are inspired!

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