Decorating With $2 - Part 2: Terracotta Pots

It seems I was successful in my wire basket transformation (PART 1) and I thank you all for your lovely comments on the finished product. One comment that astounded me was that a reader said that you could buy something similar to that in pottery barn for $65. *Gasp* Wow who would pay that much for a wire basket! 




Just to recap this is what i started with in my $2 Bargain Haul.

 
My next challenge was the terracotta pots that I bought in my $2 bargain haul. I had to look around for a bit of inspiration to figure out what i wanted to do with them.

The pots before.....
Inspiration...................




I came across these images and LOVED the chippy, rustic look of these terracotta pots. I have to say it has taken me some years to fall in love with terracotta. It was not my favourite colour of pot but i think adding the rustic look to them really appeals to me now.... brand new terracotta... not so much!




I did a bit of research on how to achieve the "rustic" aged look with these pots and came across this great tutorial by Martha Stewart - "Aging Terracotta Pots". All it required was Lime powder, water, a paint brush, sandpaper and a bit of elbow grease at the end.




Source: etsy.com via Melissa on Pinterest


As we are gardening enthusiasts here at the Whimsical House we had the lime powder already which we use for the garden and we had all the other materials that were required. So again i did not spend a thing doing these pots up. I followed Martha's instructions and painted the pots with the lime & water mixture. I think i applied it a bit thick as when it came to the sanding part it took AGES to sand back to the terracotta to get it to show through. So keep that in mind if you think you want to attempt it. 

So without further ado here is my attempt at aging terracotta pots................






I am thinking i need to do a bit more sanding to age it a but more... but it's bitterly cold outside so it can wait a bit longer before i touch them again!








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