I decided to get out in the garden now the sun has come out, and get creative with some plant pots. I have a couple of really lovely heavy terracotta pots that have been around for years, getting a really nice aged look. I could have left them as is, they had taken on a nice green mossy hue which would have worked well in our back garden. But I have just redone the front, and wanted a two matching pots in a ‘terazza’ style. So I decided to paint my two lovely pots to make them look like grey stone, which works in either a contemporary of traditional Italianate style setting.
I started by scubbing the pots clean with a wire brush and water. I then mixed up some Pitch Black Old Fashioned milk paint, and diluted the mixed paint with Snow white milk paint powder, until I reached a nice dark grey. I did this by mixing up the Pitch Black with warm water as normal, and then just added snow White powder gradually, mixing all the time until I achieved the shade I wanted. As I’ve said before, you really don’t have to be scientific with this kind of project….as long as you mix enough for the job, you can just judge everything by eye – that goes for the shade and the thickness of the paint. In this case the paint could be quite thin as it will absorb quickly (and permanently) into the porous terracotta, so you just need a thin coating. So I just painted this dark grey onto the pot with a large emulsion brush, which took about two minutes, then, after five minutes or so, I wiped it over with a damp cloth to let the terracotta colour slightly show through in places, giving it a translucent appearance.
After about half an hour, I added some more Snow white to the previously mixed paint, to make it a lighter shade of grey, and slightly thicker. I then painted that over the now dry first coat, then took the damp cloth and wiped it in a circular motion over the newly applied paint. This gave it a slightly uneven, two-tone finish. Once the second coat was dry after about half an hour, I mixed up a tiny amount of pure Snow white, and applied that over the top with a damp cloth in acircular movement, creating a swirly, stone-like finish.
And here’s the result, which took only about an hour and a half in total. This is great way ti update/upcycle the low-cost basic pots you can buy to make them look really classy. Over the next few weeks I will also show you how to achieve marble and granite effects with Old Fashioned Milk Paint, so keep looking!