Aging Terra Cotta Pots Tutorial

I have been wanting to plant some herbs for a while.  I know Spring has passed and we are well into Summer but I have come to discover when remodeling a house along with trying to live a normal life things like planting herbs in Spring has to wait until Summer.  And I am ok with being one season behind! I will probably get my 4th of July decorations up in time for labor day:) So I was hanging out at a garden center with my so-very-awesome sister-in-law, Allie, the other day and I decided I would buy some herbs.  This led to me  having to buy more potting soil and pots. I love the look of herbs in a kitchen windowsill and I have an awesome one above my sink.

I went to Lowes, Wal-Mart and some local garden shops and found the cheapest terra cotta pots were at Wal-Mart.  I probably spent the money I saved from buying cheaper pots on gas, but there is this weird thing in me that says, “if I can find it cheaper somewhere else I will search for it!”  I will just say I did it for your sake! Now you don’t have to drive all over town:)  I bought three, 4″ terra cotta pots with saucers.  When I got home I realized I didn’t like how new they looked so I turned to my good friend Google for some wisdom and found a simple tutorial on aging terra cotta pots on the Martha Stuart website.  I tried it exactly how Martha instructed but the Lime wiped off so I tweeked it a little.  I know this was a long-winded intro so here is the tutorial!

Oh and my camera broke while I was working on this project so I had to borrow my sisters very awesome camera. Therefore, I don’t have pics of the steps.  Thanks Julia! By the way, I don’t think you’re getting your camera back!

You will need:
a terra cotta pot
powdered Lime (you can find it at your local garden center for around $3)
water bottle
paint brush
spray Polyurethane

1. Mix 1 cup of lime to 2 cups of warm water
2. With your paint brush paint the whole pot with the Lime.  Paint some areas more concentrated than others.
3. While it is still wet spray some spots and allow the water to run down the pot .
4. Let it dry.
5. With a paper towel wipe off leaving some areas more concentrated than others.
6. Lightly spray with Polyurethane. Don’t completely coat it.
7. Let dry for about 5 minutes then while it is lightly sticky take some dry Lime and rub it lightly on the pot.
Now you have aged terra cotta pots!

I just love the bit of greenery in my window!
Oh and here is a house update….
We are putting the office on hold and are starting demo on the guest bath this weekend!! Ahh I know it’s crazy….plumbing, tiling, installing a toilet… I’ve never done it before so this should be quite a learning experience! Stay tuned for pictures:)
With love,


6 thoughts on “Aging Terra Cotta Pots Tutorial

  1. I love your little herb garden in your window! Each morning when I leave the house, I look over at your cute little window and herb garden and it reminds me I should really do something like this! ….one day!

    • Thank you Marsha!! It would look so cute in your newly painted kitchen;) I planted them with the intention of using the herbs while I cook but have yet to do that:)… well its a great thought! Love ya

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  3. Reblogged this on the rescued home and commented:

    Hi everyone hope your week is off to a good start. I wanted to share this tutorial I wrote a while back. It was highlighted at and seems to be pretty popular so I wanted to share it with all my faithful readers! Hope you enjoy and thank you for following The Rescued Home.

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