Terra Cotta Inspiration


Terra Cotta inspirationWhenever I’m trying to recreate a finish I spend some time studying examples of the real deal. Authentic and aged finishes are rarely one solid color. Rather, different shades and colors, blend and contrast to give a surface complexity and depth.

I found this stunning image above on Pinterest and used it as inspiration for my video tutorials on painting a faux terra cotta finish on plastic garden pots with Chalk Paint. Notice the areas  of variation in color: dark in the recesses and where the terra cotta is chipped, lighter pinks and whites where the salts and minerals (from water and soil) collect on the surface, and greens where moisture has allowed moss and mold to grow. A natural surface with an aged patina is is never flat and one dimensional, something to keep in mind when attempting to paint a similar look.

This week I am posting a video series on turning inexpensive plastic pots from Home Depot, into garden planters that look like terra cotta and stone. You can see the first part where I prepare the pots for painting by adding drainage holes and cleaning, here.  I’ll be posting the rest of the process tomorrow in Parts 2 and 3. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, all of the videos are already available on my YouTube channel which you can access by clicking, here. If you want to see all of the video tutorials as soon as they are uploaded (and before they are posted on the blog) be sure to hit the subscribe button on my YouTube page.

Chalk Paint is an amazing way to transform outdoor and garden spaces. You can see some of my projects for outside in these posts, The Colorways Swing,  Paint a Patina, and Spring Forward.

I get tons of questions asking where to purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the other supplies I use in my projects. If you don’t have a local stockist, or simply want to purchase online, Robyn Story Designs, is a great source. Not only for all things Annie Sloan, but also Miss Mustard Seed, Efex, and Artisan Enhancements (I used AE in this post). She offers the lowest price available, quick flat rate shipping, and wonderful customer service. You can access Robyn’s website and online store, here.

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at www.502paint.com


Leslie Stocker

Hi Patricia,
I recommend Robyn Story Designs for Annie Sloan products. There is a link to her online store at the bottom of this post

Leslie xxoo

Patricia Laursen

Looking for a source to buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and materials.

Robyn Story

Leslie… Thank you so much for your shout out! I really appreciate your confidence and support of our business.. We love what we do and really appreciate your incredible creative ability and all your inspirations!!!


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