Decorating & Design

February 6, 2014

DIY Weathered Flowerpots For Spring Blooms

The first blooms of spring deserve to be displayed in flowerpots indoors, too. In a room with more traditional decor or antique furniture, though, brand-new terracotta pots can look out of place. I wanted to give my pots a weathered look, without waiting a month for the usual moss-and-buttermilk method to take hold. Luckily, with dolomitic lime and a paintbrush, you can give flowerpots a little patina in a few short hours. The finished pot should only be used indoors, since rain will wash away the finish.

Materials and Tools

  • Terracotta flowerpots
  • Protective gloves
  • Small container of dolomitic lime (check your hardware store or garden centre)
  • Measuring cup
  • Paint stir stick
  • Natural-bristled brush
  • Paper towel or soft cloth

Step 1: Mix lime

Wearing gloves, mix 1/2 cup dolomitic lime and 1 cup hot water (avoid other types of lime, which can be dangerous to handle). Stir until the lime is completely dissolved. This will be enough to faux-weather a few pots; if you run out, simply mix 1 part lime to 2 parts hot water to make more.

Step 2: Paint pots

Lightly brush the lime mixture onto clean flowerpots using a natural-bristled brush. (This will give more texture than using a sponge brush.) Make sure the coverage is uneven for a more naturally weathered look. Let dry.

Step 3: Wipe off grit

When the pots are dry, the lime will have a slightly sandy texture. Wipe the pots with a clean, dry paper towel or soft cloth until they feel smooth. For a heavier patina, I gave my pots a second coat of the lime mixture and wiped them off again, but you can stop after one coat if you like.

Dolomitic lime, flowerpot, Home Hardware.