How to Age a New Pot to Make it Look Old

I recently wrote a post about how to age a clay terra cotta pot with paint.  To my dismay it didn’t create enough of the “antique vibe” I was looking for. I came to the conclusion that in order to really get that authentic “patina,” you need texture. After all, a true antique piece shows it’s age with more than just color, but texture and shape too. That’s when I knew I needed to find a way to age a new pot to make it look old again.

How To Age a Clay Pot with Texture for an Antique Vintage Look

The best part about this post is that I found these pots at the Dollar Tree three for a dollar! All it takes is a simple DIY to make them look like real terra cotta clay pots.

As most of my research goes, I took to social media to look for a quick and easy project.

Learn how to create antique texture on a new terra cotta pot.

How to add texture to a pot for an antique vintage look

Can y’all believe the difference! I even painted a plastic pot and it looked perfectly aged.

So how did I get from the before picture on the right to the after picture on the left?

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Joint Compound!!

Joint compound is super easy to work with and quickly creates that vintage, antique texture that makes anything look aged.

I was super pleased to find an affordable product to help age my pots. I purchased a small can of joint compound at the local hardware store and it was only $3.

Those plastic pots were from the Dollar Tree! They come three for $1.  I also purchased the clay pots there too. Don’t ever underestimate the goodies you can find at dollar stores. I also created a few DIY hanging planters from these same pots from the Dollar Tree.

Where do I start?

Materials to make a new pot look old:

How to age a new pot and make it look old;

  1. Put on your gloves
  2. Open the joint compound and grab a decent clump of the “goup”
  3. Start applying over the pot as you see fit. Dab it in places to create more texture
  4. When you are done, let it sit at least 12 hours. This stuff needs to dry well.
  5. Paint or wax as you see fit

As far as painting goes, I prefer to use dark wax to give anything an aged look. A dab of green paint would have added a vintage touch too.

I think it would also add to the aged terra cotta look if you added a little moss.  Has anyone else done this before?

HOW TO ADD ANTIQUE TEXTURE TO A POT to make a new pot look old with Joint Compound

I love creating that “antique textured look on a new pot.”

How To Age a Clay Pot with Texture for an Antique Vintage Look

Now that I know how easy it is with joint compound, It’s going to be hard to keep myself from adding this stuff to everything! LOL, just kidding (maybe). 

How To Age a Clay Pot with Texture for an Antique Vintage Look
How To Age a Clay Pot with Texture for an Antique Vintage Look

I hope you enjoyed this little project! Feel free to Pin the image below for future reference.

How To Age a Clay Pot with Texture for an Antique Vintage Look


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35 thoughts on “How to Age a New Pot to Make it Look Old

  1. What a great idea. It is always fun to take something and make it something new (or old as the case may be). Thank you for sharing at Sew it Cook it Craft it link party.

  2. Looks great! I love how you started with an ordinary pot and turned it into a decor piece. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned.

  3. Lindsey, I have aged pots before but never thought about adding texture! I love the idea. Thanks for linking up on OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY and I hope you will link up again this coming week. I will be featuring this post! Please stop by. It will go live on Sunday Apr 29 at 5 pm central.
    🙂 gwingal

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