Like many objects of value, terra-cotta pots take on character as they age. The clay darkens, assuming a whitish cast from fertilizers and the minerals in water. But you don’t have to wait for that look. This method provides instant results.
You will need:
- Hydrated lime
- Natural-bristle paintbrush
- Spray bottle
- 150-grit sandpaper
Aging Pots How-To
- Dissolve 1 cup hydrated lime in 2 cups water, stirring until no clumps remain. (This amount will age several small pots or 2 large ones. You can make varying quantities of the solution, but always use 1 part lime to 2 parts water.)
- Use brush to apply lime solution to the pot, employing random strokes to paint on solution thickly in some areas, thinly in others.
- Fill spray bottle with water, set it on the “stream” setting, and coat pot in various spots while lime is still wet. This thins the coating for a more natural look. Let dry.
- Sand pot in random directions, wiping dust off frequently, until you have achieved the desired look.
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