Crafty: DIY Aging Pots

I think anything looks better when it's aged -- from vintage clothes to thrift store furniture, right on down to my terra cotta pots.  So far I've had decent luck thrifting and filching pots from my grandma that have a nice patina to them.  However, there are a handful of Home Depot pots in my yard that drive me crazy.  They're too new looking.  It's like when you get a brand new pair of shoes and all you want is for them to look worn in.  I saw this picture in Living Etc. last weekend and became instantly jealous of this couple's collection of aged terra cotta.

It reminded me that a while back I saw an article in Martha Stewart magazine (to which I do not subscribe... must have been at the dentist) where she highlighted a few different methods, most of which are listed here and one additional method using lime is here.  I want to try to tackle this project this weekend and am thinking the fertilizer method sounds the easiest.  Yogurt sounds gross and I don't want to do anything that requires sanding because I'm lazy.  Hopefully when all is said and done, I'll have pots that look like this:

 and not this:

Has anyone tried any of these methods?  Which work the best?  Which are a waste of time?  Better yet, can I just have your pots that are already patina'd?


Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I wish I had an answer for you, but if you figure it out, will you let me know? Worst case, you could always buy the new ones and let them age naturally (yeah, I have no patience for that either).

bink and boo said...

I haven't a clue. But, I sure would like to curl up on that couch and catch a few z's.

La Feem said...

I agree, that first picture rocks! I had so many of these laying around, wish I knew you when I got rid of them!

p.s. the blog looks good!

julia wheeler said...

if i can get motivated this weekend, i'm trying it out and will keep you all posted!

heather, blog housekeeping is making the rounds, right?!

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