Introduction: Painting Terra Cotta Pots

About: I love to repurpose items into something useful.

This is an easy process that has a professional look. Other than breaking the terra cotta pot, there is no way to mess this up. Have fun!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need the following items:

Terra Cotta Pot

Paint brush (nothing fancy, any brush will work)

Craft paint

Sponge (with a scrubby side)



Step 2: Step 1: Base Layer

Paint a base layer of a light color.

Dilute the paint with a bit of water so some of the terra cotta shows through

Step 3: Step Two: Layer Colors

Paint various colors on top of the white. Once again, you can dilute the color.

Step 4: Step Three: Aging the Paint

Using the scrubby side of the sponge, lightly rub the areas that would normally get the most wear.

After scrubbing a bit, rinse the sponge and wipe the area with the soft side of the sponge.

Don't worry, if you took too much paint off, you can just reapply.

Step 5: Step Four: Finishing

Once you have finished removing the paint, let the pot dry for a minute or two. The true colors will be revealed.

Continue this process until you achieve the desired look.

Step 6: End Result

I don't use anything to seal the paint. I figured I would let nature continue the aging process... I just helped by giving it a jump start.