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Chalk Painting Terra-Cotta Pots: Easy + Versatile Project

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You know how wonderfully wood soaks up paint, it’s like wood and paint were made for each other. Have you ever painted terra-cotta? It’s almost like paint and terra-cotta were even MORE made for each other! Terracotta is a special material; it’s absorbent and also chalky, allowing for the most beautiful (and easy) distressing.

 

For this project I used:

 

Terra-cotta Pots

Country Chic Chalk Paint

Synthetic Bristle Brush

Sharpee

Cotton Swab

Sandpaper

Favorite plant (I used a Jade Rose succulent)

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I had these terra-cotta pots left over from a previous project. The pots have 2-3 layers of varying Country Chic Paint colors (Elegance, Backyard Picnic, Simplicity, Sweet Dreams). The best way to create an antiqued or vintage look on a terra-cotta pot is to apply paint with a dry brush technique. By simply dipping your dry brush, lightly, into your paint and painting the terra-cotta pots with your desired pressure to create desired coverage.

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I dry brushed a fair layer of Country Chic Cheesecake paint, using a synthetic bristle paint brush, over the existing color. Allowing it to completely dry, I sanded through the Cheesecake topcoat to reveal the colors beneath and the clay pot itself. The paint and terracotta will sand very easily, it doesn’t require much pressure at all.

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Lastly, I had my twins add a little bit of extra paint fun with a cotton swab (this was a Mother’s Day gift for their grandmother’s, they are 1- it was a super fun high chair project), lettered “grow” over the paint with a Sharpee and did a little more distressing, planted my plant and voila- super simple gift idea.

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A project like this allows for some much versatility and you really can’t make a mistake! Above, see varying paint colors that were used, and the lettering prior to being sanded. I love how these pots turned out- simple and adorable!

 

Happy painting!

 

Jessica

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