I love flowers on my porch, but unfortunately beautiful pots are crazy expensive. A great alternative is using an inexpensive terra cotta pot! Read on for an easy tutorial for white washed terra cotta pots, transforming a basic orange planter into something beautiful.
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White Washed Terra Cotta Pots:
The supplies you will need are minimal. Plus this can be completed in a matter of minutes. Let's get started!
Supplies for White Washed Terra Cotta Pots:
- Terra Cotta pots
- White paint (I used left over paint from another project); white chalk paint would work great, too!
- An old sock or a chip brush
Steps For White Washed Terra Cotta Pots:
1. Dip the cloth (I used an old sock) in water.
I got mine fairly wet, but not completely soaked. You could also use a wet chip brush if you'd rather, but I thought the sock would make this go faster. I was happy with the results, so I didn't even try the brush.
2. Put a small amount of white paint on the cloth.
Start wiping a small amount of the paint on the pot. It will dry quickly, so work fast. Start with just a tiny bit of paint as you can always add more, but it's not easy to take off once it dries.
3. Wet cloth and wipe away excess paint.
I didn't want my pots very white, so I immediately wet my cloth and wiped away some of the paint to give it a "washed" look, not complete coverage. The distressed look was beautiful and FAST!
This DIY takes only a few minutes but gives your old, orange terracotta pots a completely new look.
Of course, I couldn't help myself from adding a little white washing effect to a wooden crate, see below!
The gray pot in the below picture was a project from a previous blog post of mine: Painting Candlesticks and Other Household Items. In it's previous life, it was green. If I am not loving something in my home, paint is usually part of the solution!
You can also find information for creating the wooden American flag below from my recent post: DIY 4th of July Home Decor.
That's it! This is possibly one of the fastest and easiest projects I've completed in a while.
I also added a fun stencil to these pots!
Want a peek? Take a look here!
What do you think? Have you tried to white wash anything before? If so, how did it go? I'd love to hear from you.