Terracotta Pots Get French Country Style

Do you love vintage clay pots that look like they've been weathering on the French countryside for decades? Did you know you can get the look with brand new clay pots? It's actually quite easy and I'm going to show you how I transformed my large terracotta pots with French Country style for our deck in less than an hour.

Terracotta Pots Paint Washed Vintage Charm

But I couldn't stop there, I also added a French graphic onto the largest pot and it's super easy to do. More about that further down in this post.

Terracotta French Country Pots With French Graphic

Terracotta Pots Get French Country Style


DIY Terracotta French Country Pots

Chalk paint, a spray bottle, laser printer, and image transfer medium is all you need to transform simple and inexpensive terracotta pots.

Terracotta Pots With French Country Style

The picture below is what my flower pots looked like before, taken a few summers ago so I apologize for not having the best image.

Terracotta French Country Pots Before

These lovely paint washed outdoor pots look wonderful on a front porch, patio, deck, or to add vintage charm in flower beds.

Paint Washed Terracotta Pots With French Graphic

I've been wanting the look of vintage pots on our deck for years but the real thing was way beyond my budget. Even the faux readymade options carried a hefty price tag. I'm so pleased that I finally have them for a fraction of the cost.

Chalk Painted Terracotta Outdoor Pots

Here's how I did it...

Whitewash Option 1:

This is the option I used to paint my clay pots. Thin chalk paint with water to the consistency of milk. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in the color Versailles. Randomly brush the paint onto your pots and let it dry to the touch. With a spray bottle spritz the paint to dampen and don't worry about drips because that just adds to the charm. With a damp sponge remove (wet distress) the paint in some areas so the terracotta color shows through the paint (as pictured below).

Whitewash Option 2:

In a small container thin chalk paint with water to a 1:1 ratio and brush the paint onto the pots with an inexpensive chip brush. Wipe the excess with a damp lint-free rag. If you want the paint darker, repeat the process until you have the look you like.

No need to apply a protective finish because you want the pots to age and weather over time. All three of my pots were painted last summer and they withstood our harsh Canadian winter and still look fantastic!

Large Terracotta Pot Paint Washed

How to add graphics onto painted terracotta pots


Step 1 - Find the perfect French graphic

I went to the Graphics Fairy website and found the perfect French Wreath With Bird graphic for the front of the largest pot.

Step 2 - Print the graphics

This image transfer technique will only work with a laser printer.  Print the graphic in black and white on the "best" print setting. If your graphic has any text be sure to reverse the image (mirror image) before printing.

Step 3 - Prepare the graphics

Cut the white space around the image (pictured below). The less paper around the graphic, the less paper that needs to be removed.

Terracotta Pot French Graphic

Step 4 - Transfer the graphic onto the pots

See my Image Transfer Technique With Transfer Medium tutorial for the detailed step-by-step instructions. The image transfer medium I used is from Country Chic Paint that I had on hand but Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium will also work.

Terracotta Pot Image Transfer Process

And this is what it will look like when you're done.

Terracotta Pots After With French Graphic

I was so happy to finally plant some flowers in these pots last weekend. Here in the great white north, there can be a risk of frost until the end of May. Hence the reason my flowers look so sparse but by the end of June, these lovely French Country pots should be bursting with colorful blooms that cascade down the sides.

For more terracotta inspiration, see how I transformed clay saucers into beautiful French Country Terracotta Coasters with French Prima decor transfers for our deck.

I also made charming French Country Place Holders with mini terracotta pots. While I made them for Easter they could be used for any special occasion where you want to assign seating.

For more flower pot inspiration see how we turned a set of three into a wonderful Flower Pot Water Fountain. We also turned glazed pots into a Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain.

Terracotta Pots Get French Country Style


If you have any questions about this project, please leave them in the comment section below OR press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!


You'll find this project shared at these inspiring link parties.

20 comments

  1. I saw your post on Talk of the Town and had to come check it out. These are a beautiful solution to the mismatched pots we often gather over the years. So pretty Marie, I adore them.

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    1. Thank you, Leanna! Exactly, whether the terracotta pots are mismatched or not, the paint will unify them. I hope to make more for our flower beds but this time I'll use a Prima decor transfer like I did on the terracotta coasters.

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  2. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  3. Marie,
    Love these pots. I have some that need an update. Pinned. Congrats, you are being featured at Over The moon Linky Party. https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2019/05/over-moon-linky-party_26.html
    Have a lovely day.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  4. So glad you like what I did with these pots and thank you so much for featuring them, Bev! xo

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  5. I love these transfer projects you are doing! I need to try this technique! Hope to see you tomorrow at Tuesday Turn About... 3pm PST. ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Julie, I've got more in the works coming soon 😉

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  6. These are gorgeous! Nicely done - love the design you chose :)

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    1. Thank you very much Sarah! Such a great way to dress up inexpensive clay pots or unify mismatched ones. I had to stop myself at just three. LOL

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  7. Love this transformation Marie! I hope you will stop by and share your Terracotta Pots at our new link party, Tuesday Turn About at Thistle Key Lane.

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    1. Hi Michelle, I'm glad you like the coasters! Yes, I heard about the TTA party from Julie and I'll definitely be popping over this morning.

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  8. Marie, your terracotta pot redux turned out beautifully! I especially love the bird and wreath. I made stencils with a wreath a couple of years ago (for the chairs in our trailer) so I may borrow your idea!

    Happy spring to you and I hope you don't get any more frost,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

    p.s. If you'd like, please come share your pots at Share Your Style this week (up now thru Monday, 6pm CST). It'd be fun to feature them! :)

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    1. Thank you Barb, I'm so glad you like them and how fun would it be to have matching pots for your trailer! Happy Spring back to you. I'm happy to report the risk of frost is over and we're currently enjoying temps in the 80's.

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    2. Wonderful news, Marie! I love this season when everything is growing. :) I did find your posts, thank you! I'll be featuring your terracotta pots but the French coasters are a close second. :)

      Thank you and have a great weekend,
      Barb :)

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    3. Thank you so much Barb, for the feature! You made my Friday morning. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  9. Also, Congratulations on being featured at Style Showcase this week!!! Coming over from Janet's Shabbyfufu blog. :)

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    1. Thank you Barb, I was thrilled to see them featured!

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  10. Beautiful results with the painting and the transfer.
    Happy weekend,
    Kippi #kippiathome

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    1. Thank you so much Kippi! Happy weekend to you too 😊

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