I have a big crush on aged terracotta pots! The more distressed the better. I leave mine outside all year long so they develop a beautiful patina! But, sometimes I just can’t wait for nature to take it’s course and I help the process along along a bit! A little milk paint on a pot works wonders! So much better than any other paint. So put away the acrylics and chalk type paints and go for milk paint when aging terracotta. You will be so pleased with the results! I’ll show you how…
There is a synergistic process between terracotta and milk paint. They love each other! And I love the results! THIS IS A MUST TRY DIY…especially if you love terracotta pots like I do!
I know… soft… powdery…it’s like the finish is dancing across the pot. And no streaky brush marks! These pots are stunning!!!!
Let’s get started…
1. You will need:
- terracotta pots and saucers
- trim or twine (optional)
- hot glue gun (optional)
- milk paint I used a small packet of Miss Mustard Seed’s Grain Sack Milk Paint (Click HERE for a MMS Milk Paint Retailer)
- container for milk paint
- plastic spoon for mixing paint
- foam brush
- paper towel
- disposable gloves, optional
2. I dug in my “twine” box and pulled out a couple of options to embellish my small terracotta pots.
3. Hot glue twine or rope or what you choose to use under the lip of the pot. This is an optional step. I like the interest it gives the little pots.
4. I chose GRAIN SACK Miss Mustard Seed Paints ( If you live near me, Amy’s Fresh Vintage in Strasburg, Pa carries MMS paints… and you will love the shop!)
5. Mix the paint with water according to the package directions. I made the Milk Paint the consistency of MILK! Stir, stir, stir to make it smooth.
6. Paint pots in sections. I did a quarter of the pot at a time.
7. Sorry about the poor picture quality. I was taking this image with my left hand in a disposable glove and my hand was wrapped around the camera… but you get the idea!
Take a damp paper towel and dab the Milk Paint, lifting some of it off the pot. This will leave a very natural looking “washed” look. No brush strokes, just a soft creamy-dreamy residue.
8. Let the pot completely dry. I did not put a sealant over the Milk Paint but you could.
This is by far my favorite way to whitewash a terracotta… and I’ve tried them all!
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