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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Snow and Christmas decor
Inexpensive home made gifts for the Holidays
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The Before and After of my old wicker baskets
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How to give your terra cotta pots an aged look

DIY Aged clay pots

Good morning everyone,

I hope you have all been doing great. It’s been a difficult week for us here because hubby has been working a different schedule which completely disrupted Nate’s daily routine. Needless to say, I had to adapt and help Nate adjust. Next week, hubby will return to work to his usual schedule, so here we go again!

You might remember from one of my previous posts a picture of oregano, parsley and basil seeds lying next to terra cotta pots. Well, I planted those seeds on May 3rd and here is a picture of how beautiful they are growing taken June 3rd.

clay pots planting Parsley Oregano Basil

You might already know that I don’t have a green thumb and that I don’t have a lot of plants in our house because I’m scared that they will die on me. During these last years, I’ve bought fake plants instead. This year, I decided to tempt fate and see if I can keep these little ones alive. Not only do they look pretty in our kitchen thus far, I am hoping they will add flavour to our meals. I know this statement contradicts the ‘alive’ part.

After seeing the growth of these beauties, I have taken a new small addiction during these last weeks. My new addiction is ‘SUCCULENTS’. I’ve seen pictures of them around the web and fell in love with them. They look different and don’t need a lot of water, which is perfect for me. We went to home depot, I loved their selection, and I only bought one of them (the one in the green pot) but I went back a couple of days later looking for more.

succulents at home depot

When looking around for flower pots, I found them to be expensive and bought clay pots instead. I like the look of clay but recently read many articles online on how to achieve the look of aged terra cotta. I know, not everyone might like the aged terra cotta look but I did.

Today, I will share with you this very simple and inexpensive way on how I recreated this look. There are different tutorials online about ‘how to’ but I tried my own way and I’m happy with the result.

with a damp cloth, clean the clay pot to remove any dirt or dust:

DIY Aged clay pots

I free poured water and white acrylic paint into a small Tupperware and mixed them. Use a small paintbrush to coat the clay pot. I used random brush strokes without a specific design in mind. I felt this gave it a natural look:

DIY Aged clay pots

The paint will dry very fast. The number of coats of paint you add is up to you. For an aged/distressed look, it’s preferable to use less paint:

DIY Aged clay pots

The next step is very simple, lightly sand the pots using finishing sand paper:

www.nowathomemom.com DIY Aged clay pots

From the picture below, you can see the difference between a painted and a non-painted clay pot:

DIY Aged clay pots nowathomemom

DIY Aged clay pots parsley oregano bail planting

Once I had painted them all, I decided to sand these small pots less than the previous ones in order to have a different effect and I liked how the white and green popped in our kitchen.

Don’t forget to clean the pots one last time with a damp cloth to remove any dust left behind:

DIY Aged clay pots white acrylic paint sanding

In the picture below, you can see my succulent plant ready to be planted in the big clay pot and a mini succulent plant planted in my new distressed pot. I love looking at these in my kitchen every day. When it’s beautiful outside, we get a lot of natural sunlight through our kitchen windows, I hope this will help them grow and stay alive. If I succeed on keeping all these beauties alive, I just might get rid of all the fake ones I have around.

DIY Aged clay pots

In my last post, I promised a tutorial of how I revamped some of my home office items using gold leaf sheets and spray paint. Here they are just for you at the bottom of this post. I didn’t want today’s post to be too heavy, so I grouped
the pictures with the steps to follow.

Before showing you the tutorials, I also wanted to show you other items that I revamped with gold spray paint; a small mason jar to hold my gold spray painted pencils and my tools:

work tools turned gold

 

 Tutorials/Steps on how to revamp home office tools with a golden touch, in case you missed it, the pictures of these items are posted on my previous post

You will see how easy it was revamping these small items. It only takes a few  minutes and you can do this with almost anything you can find around your house.

How to  gold leaf a leather journal:

all tutorial gold leaf journal

  1.  clean the leather journal with a damp cloth to remove any dust
  2. coat the leather journal with metal leaf adhesive using a small paintbrush
  3. coat the leather journal with gold leaf sheets until fully covered
  4. in order to fill in any gaps in which the gold leaf sheets did not adhere to, use a 18KT gold leafing pen to color in
  5. coat the leather journal with metal leaf sealer using a small paintbrush

 

How to gold leaf a notebook with stripes:

all tutorial notebook

  1.  add painter’s tape to the notebook to achieve a striped look
  2. coat the notebook with metal leaf adhesive and gold sheets
  3. coat the notebook with metal leaf sealer and remove the painter’s tape once sealed and dry

 

 How to gold leaf and spray paint an indoor flower pot:

all tutorial gold leaf pot

Gold leaf flower pot:

  1. add painter’s tape to the top of the indoor flower pot, then coat the rest of the surface with metal leaf adhesive using a small paintbrush
  2. coat the indoor flower pot with gold leaf sheets until fully covered
  3. gently smooth the surface with your fingers to achieve the desired effect
  4. coat the indoor flower pot with metal leaf sealer using a small paintbrush
  5. remove the painter’s tape once sealed and dry 

Gold spray painted flower pot:

  1. add painter’s tape to the top of the indoor flower pot
  2. spray paint the rest of the surface using gold spray paint
  3. remove the painter’s tape once dry 

 

How to spray paint a leather desktop carousel:

all desktop carousel tutorial

  1. with a damp cloth remove the dust from the leather desktop carousel
  2. I started by gold leafing the desktop carousel, but I didn’t have enough gold leaf sheets left for this project
  3. spray paint in gold the desktop carousel, only one coat was necessary
  4. let it dry for at least 2 hours before using 

 

I decided to write a different post for the DIY Post-It’s tutorial because this post was getting to big, even for me.

Its Father’s day this Sunday but unfortunately hubby will be working, so we won’t see him until late that evening. I got him a present that he and Nate will both love. I can’t tell you right now what it is because he reads my blog or so he says.

Happy Father’s day weekend to every daddy out there!

Thanks again for stopping by!

IngridLinking this week at these fun parties!

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  • kalamitykelli says:

    What a great idea! I also love the gold painted pot! very creative Ingrid!

    June 14, 2013 at 5:55 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Kelli, glad you liked this idea, it’s not for everyone but I’m glad I went and tried it! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 8:27 am
  • cuckoo4design says:

    I love all the different types of pots you made. Aged and gold. Well yeah, I’m a fan of gold!
    Have a great weekend!

    June 14, 2013 at 7:33 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you Julia! :-) told you someone has to stop me from spray painting everything in gold ha!ha! :-)
      wish you a great weekend too Julia! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 8:29 am
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    It looks like you have developed a green thumb this year. Great – that will give you extra incentive to use those terra cotta pots.

    June 14, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) ha!ha! thank you Larry! I will try my best to keep these alive in their pretty terra cotta pots! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm
      • memyselfandkids.com says:

        I believe you will. Either way, at least the pots look good.

        June 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          :-) thanks again Larry!
          just read your banana cake post, it’s hilarious! :-)

          June 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  • kristinfrombliss says:

    Love the gold! xo Kristin

    June 14, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Kristin! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  • Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    Love those pots Ingrid! And the gold leafed accessories are absolutely fabulous. Such cute fresh little touches for your home!! Great tutorials:)
    Krista

    June 14, 2013 at 10:05 am
    • now at home mom says:

      oh! thank you so much Krista! :-) I’m really glad you like these, they look very pretty here! :-)
      wish you a great weekend Krista!

      June 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  • mtetar says:

    Hi Ingrid!

    As always your creativity, crafts, DIY, and all your projects are inspiring. Thank you for sharing them all. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar

    June 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Mtetar! :-)
      I wish you a great weekend!

      June 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    Thank you Ingrid for these lovely tutorials :-) I am so happy to see your ‘little garden’. I also have mine which has been planted by my daughter.

    June 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Izabel!
      Oh! your daughters garden must be very pretty! does she prefer flowers or plants? :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  • Allyson says:

    These look so chic, even though you are trying to make them look weathered :-) I hope y’all have a great Father’s Day even though it will be a late one!

    June 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you very much Allyson! I really love their new look and glad you did too! :-)
      thanks and wish you a great father’s day weekend with your son and hubby too! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm
  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    The weathered clay pots are so adorable. I like them with the herbs in them.

    June 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Jennifer, I really love how they look in our kitchen and glad the herbs are growing well! :-)

      June 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  • cassie says:

    ooh i really love those gold ones! gold makes everything better!!!

    June 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Cassie! I prefer those ones too! & yes, agree gold makes everything better :-)
      wish you a great weekend!

      June 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm
  • gotasté says:

    Ingrid, I simply love what you had done to the pots! They are beautiful!

    June 16, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Danny! :-) very happy you liked them too!

      June 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  • Lora @ Craftivity Designs says:

    The aged pots look great. The fresh green herbs against the muted pots is a lovely contrast.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Lora! I really love the look of them too against the herbs! :-) wish you a great evening too!

      June 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    It’s amazing how little effort is required to render those simple clay pots into old-looking beauties! And the greenery really does pop out! This craft, I will definitely do and know I will succeed! Love that wood box! And I might try a gold-leaf notebook because I loved those when you first posted them. But my absolute FAVE today are your tools! So rich-looking and girly! I could go for some of those!! Happy rainy Sunday Ingrid!

    June 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) I’m sure your pots will look lovely Lidia! I hope you give it a try soon; it’s nice the aged look! just a bit different! :-) As for the gold leaf notebook; oh! I love how they look and how they feel too :-) please, let me know if you try it! :-) happy you noticed the tools too, I know the spray paint will fade away once I work with them but I will like them like this as long as it lasts :-)
      Hope you are have a nice, relaxing rainy Sunday evening too Lidia! I can’t believe it’s still raining! :-)

      June 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm
  • Tanya says:

    I love to see what you are up to each week Ingrid, these are great! Thank you so much for joining the Pretty Things Party today – xo, Tanya

    June 17, 2013 at 2:41 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Tanya! :-) I’m really happy you like my projects Tanya :-)

      June 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  • Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I do like the whitewash on your pots. It really gives them a nice ‘aged’ look. And I must say…everything gold is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Hope your week is Extraordinary!

    June 17, 2013 at 3:13 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thanks Diane! :-) I really like the look of the pots too! a bit different and they look much better like this in our kitchen!
      I agree with you about ‘everything gold is amazing’ :-)
      thanks again Diane!

      June 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm
  • Sugar and Spice Baking says:

    Aww, it looks very pretty Ingrid. :) I find it pretty hard myself to take care of flowers etc, but your herbs look very nice. Always loved how organised you are. Thanks for sharing. :)

    June 17, 2013 at 7:44 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Maria!
      I have to admit, I am surprised that my herbs are still looking good! & hope they will continue to grow so I can cook with these herbs! :-)
      thank you Maria for letting me know you like how I organize, you are very kind :-)

      June 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm
  • Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried says:

    Love your pots and all other fun, little projects. Coming over from CRAFT’s Monday link party!
    - Anjana.

    June 17, 2013 at 9:47 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you so much Anjana, glad you stopped by and that you liked them! :-) they were very easy to update and love how they look now! :-)

      June 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • lvbaby says:

    I love the gold tools, super cute… and I think I will definitely try this painting technique! Lovely

    June 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thanks Ali, glad you liked the gold tools! it’s a bit different and girly! :-)
      hope you like it, it makes regular clay pots look more unique because you prepare them! :-)

      June 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm
  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega says:

    Ingrid, I love visiting your blog! You are so creative and artistic you make everything more beautiful. You have a green thumb too! Your herb garden is growing beautifully. :D

    June 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Vashti for your lovely comments! & very happy you like my projects too! :-)

      June 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    I love all your plant pots – so cute!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! :-)

      June 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • Crystal @ 29 Rue House says:

    I love those pots Ingrid!! I also love the gold accessories for your desk! I just bought a little gold bowl for my desk at work and I love it!

    June 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Crystal! :-)
      I guess a lot of us are really loving gold accessories, they are just so pretty and great for the office! :-)

      June 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm
  • Time With Thea says:

    I love what you did with the terra cotta pots. I am also so impressed with how your herbs are doing. I can’t believe you started them from seed. This part of Canada is so dry and has such a short growing season that only certain types of herbs thrive. Hope all is well. ~Thea

    June 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you so much Thea, I am surprised of how well the herbs are growing too, I hope they will continue to grow like this. I wanted to try this year something different and I am glad is working well, maybe next year I will grow more :-) thanks again Thea

      June 22, 2013 at 3:42 am
  • Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says:

    Great little projects. Love the weathered clay pots. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! I would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which is still live. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/06/make-it-pretty-monday-week-54.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    June 19, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Kathryn for your lovely comment and for the invite too. I will be linking soon and thank you for stopping by!

      June 22, 2013 at 3:43 am
  • Brandi says:

    I have a bunch of terra cotta pots in the garage just begging for a makeover. You’ve given me some much needed inspiration. Thanks for sharing your fun projects.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:38 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you Brandi!
      terra cotta pots in the garage; yay! I know that if you transform them, they will look very nice Brandi! :-)

      June 22, 2013 at 3:47 am
  • rainonatinroof01 says:

    Love the aged look! Would have never thought of doing something like this! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    June 20, 2013 at 8:05 am
  • Deauna says:

    Saw this on Domestic Superhero! What a cool idea.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:20 am
  • Katie@mydiyhabits.com says:

    Hey Girl…It’s Katie from MyDIYHabits. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award…check it out on my latest post…thanks for always having inspiring ideas!
    Katie
    http://www.mydiyhabits.com

    June 20, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Katie! just read your post about it, thanks again :-) & congrats again on your feature over at Apartment Therapy!

      June 22, 2013 at 3:56 am
  • Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty!

    June 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you Vanessa!

      June 22, 2013 at 3:56 am
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Ingrid, I love that you seize the opportunity to take something that is ordinary and make it extraordinary. You did that with the pots, but also with gold projects you snuck in at the end here. (I’m convinced I need to get my hands on some gold leaf STAT!) Thanks for sharing so many fabulous tutorials in one. You are amazing…and I hope your schedule has gotten back to more normal now. I imagine that can be tough with a little one! Sending a hug.

    June 23, 2013 at 2:25 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) oh! thank you Lauren! I would love to see what you would do with gold leaf, I’m sure anything you would do, would look amazing! :-) as for our schedule is getting back to normal, a bit more relaxed now! :-)

      June 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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