When I saw these sweet little pots at Michael’s, I immediately fell in love with their scalloped rims.
I had walked by, admiring them on several trips to Michaels before caving in and finally buying them when they went on sale at half off. What I hadn’t noticed prior to getting them home was how light the clay color was compared to my other pots. I think I had been so taken with their sweet scallops, that I also didn’t realize I wasn’t overly fond of the white sprayed texturing either.
I decided I was going to not only paint them darker, but try to make them look aged at the same time. A trip to Lowes to pick out a sample size container of paint was the first step. I ended up picking Valspar’s “Woodland” color, which is the darkest color on this sample card.
I used a foam brush to dab on the paint, and I left some parts purposely unpainted to give the appearance of depth and dimension. I only applied one splotchy coat of paint.
Next I dabbed on some leftover green house paint here and there, using a dry brush technique to give it a mossy look.
And then, an even softer coat of a lighter shade of leftover green paint.
I did give the pots a rough rub down with some dirt to make the texturing look more natural, before applying a coat of toner or you could use a glaze. Darkening the pots even more, makes them instantly look older.
There are many methods of aging clay pots, that you can find on the internet. Each method will give you a different finished look.
I was mainly interested in obtaining a mossy, aged look, so they wouldn’t look so new beside my other clay pots.
These pots don’t have holes in the bottom for drainage, so for now, I’ve chosen to use faux plants in them.
Also, since most all of the paints and finishes I used on the pots were interior paints, for now they will also be used inside.
They make the perfect container for a faux plant, and the perfect size to use in a small or poorly lit area.
This is a small, inexpensive project that can be done with any new or used/old pot, and the finished outcome is totally up to you.