Distressing and Whitewashing Terra Cotta Pots With Typography

Distressing and Whitewashing Terra Cotta Pots With Typography

I love to paint and I love to plant things.  If I didn’t have a full time job, a side job and three crazy teenagers who kept me super busy I’d have these everywhere because it was so simple to create and literally took about an hour.

Want to make one yourself?  Here’s the easy way I did it.

First off I started with about a tsp. of Plaster Paint in Ivory Lace, a little bit of water & my favorite Purdy brush.

Just eyeball your mixture, no need to get exact.  We just want to white wash our pot at this point.

You can see how thin it goes on.  You will need to continue spreading your paint to correct any runs.

My pot was dry just about as quickly as I put it on.  Plaster Paint dries F.A.S.T.  

Next I used a piece of 120 grit sandpaper to rough it up a bit and remove some of my white wash.

After your done just take an old brush or dry rag and clean off your pot so you can seal it.

All Clean.
Ready to add some typography?  This is the fun part!  I used Word to print off my graphic and went with a simple M and our est. date. I used carbon paper underneath to transfer my image and traced it.
Then just hand paint it in.  Now after your done with whatever graphic you choose its really important to seal your terra cotta pot.  Before I started I sealed the inside of my pot with Thompson’s water seal.  Just spray it inside and let it dry.  But after you’ve done the outside I sealed mine with Plaster Paint wax because it’s amazing stuff!
You won’t need much, a little goes a long way.  Apply it with an old t-shirt or rymplecloth in a circular motion until you’ve covered the entire pot.  I didn’t do the inside since I’ve already taken care of that with another product.
This is the backside of my pot.  Look at the difference with wax and without.  After waxing your pot it feels so smooth & you can feel good knowing the elements aren’t going to destroy your paint job.
Here’s my finished pot.
It’s pretty.
It’s personal.
And it only took about an hour to make.  I ♥ it!
Want to learn more about Plaster Paint?  Plaster Paint is made in OKLAHOMA, ecofriendly and 100% wonderful!  The prices aren’t too shabby either; quart $24, pint $17, 8oz. $12 and 4oz. $8.  Currently, we have 31 colors with new ones in the works.  
Want to try some out for yourself?  Click here to visit our shop at storenvy or simply email us your order at mangoseedmarketplace@yahoo (dot) com.
I hope you stop by to visit my blog at Three Mango Seeds.


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Clydia Mangold
Three Mango Seeds

About Tammy Killough

I'm a stay at home wife and mother of four. I began my career in the medical field, but art kept calling me back. I love art of all forms, and wish to inspire this love in everyone I encounter. My hope is that I will teach something or inspired something in everyone I meet.

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  1. This is a great idea and perfect for potting Fall mums. Thanks for the tutorial!

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