The inspiration for sharing my Terracotta Pots get French Country Style is a decorating challenge hosted in the Decorating and DIY Enthusiasts Facebook Forum. May's Challenge is Decorating With A Clay Pot and I'm so excited to be participating for the first time in this monthly challenge.
Here is a picture of what my flower pots used to look like taken a few summers ago...
All I did to create the look was water down some chalk paint in the color Versailles to the consistency of milk. Randomly brush the paint onto your pots and let it dry to the touch. Using a spray bottle spritz the paint to dampen it and with a damp sponge remove (wet distress) the paint in some areas. That's it!
I didn't apply a protective finish because I want the paint to continue to age naturally from the outdoor elements. All three pots were painted late last summer and they withstood our harsh Canadian winter and still look fantastic!
I ran out of
How To Add A French Typography GraphicStep 1
First I went to the Graphics Fairy website to find a French Typography graphic for the front of the largest pot.
Using a printer (mine is a laser) print the graphic in black & white on the "best" print setting. If your graphic has any text be sure to reverse the image before printing.
Cut the white space around the image (as seen in the photo below).
Using an Image Transfer Medium (my preference is the Country Chic Paint brand) but you can use Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium as well, apply a generous coat with a foam brush onto the front (printed side) of the graphic.
Carefully place the graphic onto the surface of your pot and with your finger or a plastic scrapper (like the one pictured above) remove any wrinkles and air bubbles. Be careful not to move the graphic or it may smudge (especially if you used an ink jet printer). Let it sit for several hours or over night is even better.
Using a spray bottle dampen the graphic (not soak) and with your fingers or a clean rag gently rub until you remove a layer of paper. Let it dry and repeat this process until all the layers of paper have been removed and only the ink remains. Caution: don't rub too hard or you risk removing some of the graphic.
That's it! Like the paint, I didn't apply a protective finish over the graphic because I want it to age from the elements over time.
I'm thrilled with how they turned out and add so much French goodness to our deck! They look great with the Vintage Door Turned French Flower Planter we made last year for the deck.
Be sure to visit the fabulous hosts and see what they did for the Clay Pot Challenge!