How to Age Terracotta Pots with a Mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

Tutorial for aging terracotta pots- make a paste by mixing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

I love finding new uses for things I already have. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use chalk paint and wax other than just painting furniture. I’ll share all of my results in a later post, but today I’ll show you how to age terracotta pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax by mixing the two together to make a colored glaze.

I was inspired by this tutorial from At The Picket Fence. I adore how they were able to transform their off-the-shelf pots into these pretty, aged beauties.

I’ve been looking for something around my home so I could try this suggestion that is on the back of the can of Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax:

“Amazingly our paint and wax can be mixed together to make a coloured wax. Try mixing Old White with the Clear Wax to make a white wax, or make a colour- Aubusson Blue coloured wax for instance- scrumptious.”

Sounds scrumptious, indeed!

What better guinea pig for my experiment than some not-so-new but newish-looking terracotta pots? Besides, if I messed it up, it would only be inexpensive flower pots that I’ve had forever.

How to age flower pots. Make a paste by mixing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax.

If you already have chalk paint and wax, this is the perfect way to give your terracotta pots a durable, aged patina.

supplies for aging terra cotta pots

Mix together a 1:1 ratio of paint to wax to make a paste. One tablespoon of each is enough to cover six flower pots.

supplies for distressing terra cotta pots

Put a small amount of the mixture on the tip of your bristles and cover the pot with light horizontal strokes.

how to age terra cotta pots

After 30 minutes, sand the pot with fine grit sand paper until you get the desired amount of distressing.

This is the part where the paint and wax mixture worked too well. I thought that I would lightly sand the pot to distress it, but it took a little more elbow grease than I had expected.

how to age terra cotta pots with chalk paint and wax

I’ll be using these pots on our covered back porch this spring but, for now, they found a spot in my spring vignette while my tulips were in full bloom.

Easter vignette. How to age flower pots.

Have you found any uses for chalk paint or wax other than for painting furniture? Feel free to leave me a link in the comments section so I (along with others) can check out your projects!

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  1. These are gorgeous! I’ve never seen this idea before, but I’ll definitely have to remember it for my pots!
    Erin@Managing the Manor recently posted..Spring WreathMy Profile

  2. awesome tip. will pin this one

  3. Great idea…I have tinted my clear wax with the dark wax but I love the idea of adding the chalk paint to it! Love them!
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  4. The end result is stunning! Love this tutorial. By the way, your whole blog design is beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..Next Big Project: Moving on out(doors)My Profile

  5. Love how it looks on the pot, I so have to try this, they look great!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. What a pretty result! Goes perfectly with the rest of your lovely mantel.
    Steph @ The Silly Pearl recently posted..Craft Tutorial: Spring Sunburst Wreath and Chalk Paint AdventuresMy Profile

  7. How pretty! You did a great job with the flower pot, I love the weathered look! Beautiful!

  8. The pots look amazing! The weather is cooling off here so would love to try this and add lavender and geraniums!

  9. Well I’m trying to figure out why I cannot see the post here that everyone is commenting on! LOL. I see the (unclickable) title, and the comments. I’m puzzled. Sounds like they are beautiful though, by the comments!

    • Oh, Laura! I’m so sorry! I’m trying to fix a bug in the blog right now. It’s happened to all of the posts. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

  10. I adore your blog! And I adore Annie Sloan paint! :) I actually have a question about the tulips. How long will these last? Are they in season? I’d love to do this project with my daughter but I’m not sure how long I could keep it alive! Ha! Any help would be great! Thanks much!

    • Hi Krissy,
      I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to do this project with your daughter. I have such the black thumb, so I was very surprised that the tulips lasted as long as they did, which was about 10 days once the blooms became fully open. My husband is a landscaper and he has planted the bulbs once the flowers wilted so they will come back next spring. I’m not sure if they are still in season, but I picked the tulips up in the garden section back in mid-February.

  11. Wow, Tricia, You are very clever and the way you explain is so easy to follow and understand. I am heading to the Annual Stockist meeting in New Orleans on Monday and am very excited about it. How did your class with Marian go?? Love your stuff!!! I want to do some Provence pots!!! Hope to see you soon!! Sorry I missed you this week!!!

  12. I use her chalk paint quite a bit, and love the idea and look of mixing the chalk paint and wax! I am going to try the Duck Egg color with wax on terra cotta….I’m visualizing something very cool!

  13. Hello
    Just seen your post and was wondering 1. If this is now weatherproof so the pots can stay outside? And 2. If so do you think it would work to paint done tubs that are already planted? I have some box trees outside my front door but think the pots could be a bit prettier!!?

    • The pot I keep on my covered porch looks almost like it did the same as the day I painted it, except at the very base. The one that got constant sun and a lot of rain is chipping along the top rim. I think what holds the paint on so well is that it is raw terracotta. It must have soaked in the paint/ wax mixture really well. If the outside of your pots look dry, I think they would do fine. Hope that helps!

  14. it’s look very nice
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  15. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for
    me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Outstanding work!
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