Chalk Painting Terra-Cotta Pots: Easy + Versatile Project


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


Cotton Swab


Favorite plant (I used a Jade Rose succulent)


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.


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.


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.


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!



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