2021Views4Replies

Author Options:

Can plastic planters be 'aged' in the same way that clay/terracotta pots can with yogurt, beer, moss etc? Answered

I know it is relatively easy to add a faux antique or verdigris effect to earthenware pots but what about ugly plastic ones? Is there any hope for them or are they destined for a life of shiny smoothness?

Discussions

0
None
DELETED_GuardianFox

Best Answer 9 years ago

First thing that comes to mind is to wash it with TSP (to prepare for paint) and then fake the aged effect with outdoor paints. I'm a terrible painter so I'll leave that one open, but an amature decorator can do a lot with paints. If you want to just remove the shine, get a piece of fine sandpaper and scratch it up. Consider scratching only in one direction, in circles, in cross-hatches, or some other design. If you scuff it up with a coarse sandpaper, you might create a surface that moss can adhere to. That might even be worth trying, but if it doesn't work your pot is probably ruined.

0
None
frollard

9 years ago

Clay pots are really happy to grow all sorts of lichens and algae/moss. This is because they are porous and hold nutrients and water, as well as provide a surface for the little guys to grow on. I can't say from experience, but try roughing up the surface as fox says, then apply all sorts of moss-food. worst case scenario you'll have a dirty pot. Perhaps sew a burlap 'cone' the shape of the outside of the pot, then attaching that with hot glue. It's porrous, and should be happy to grow moss.

0
None
j-bar03frollard

Answer 9 years ago

Thank you for your advice. I'll give it a try.

0
None
frollardj-bar03

Answer 9 years ago

You're welcome! Take pictures of whatever you do as you do it, then post an ible if it works!