My DIY Aged Pot Tutorial using dirt and spray paint is going to be your new best friend.

Have you ever seen a really cool pot or vase, but hated the hideous paint job?

Well, this DIY is just for you.

You will be able to change ANY dated pot or vase into something cool and up-to-date. Most of all……..unique.

You can do this DIY on any piece you can get your hands on, and no two will ever look exactly alike.

You can also get a different look depending on the dirt you choose.

For example, I am using caliche for my pot. This dirt is a white and extremely fine powder. I hate it on our roads because my car is NEVER clean.

I LOVE this dirt on a pot.

Caliche dirt road base - J Dub By Design
Caliche powder on our roads. The llamas had just walked through it heading to the lake.

I used a pot I found for a steal at my local HEB Grocery Store. By the way, I get to do my weekly grocery shopping at the very first, original location in Kerrville, Texas.

DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
The pot I found in the garden center at HEB

That grocery store is why I married David……kidding……kidding…… 🙂

Back on topic…….I do not think this pot is hideous. But, when I spotted it in the garden section at HEB, I knew I could make it even more fabulous using this DIY!

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Supplies

  • A pot or vase
  • Matte spray paint ( I used Krylon Matte Black)
  • Dirt (I used caliche road base from the ranch roads)
  • A cup
  • A cloth
  • Gloves (if you want to protect your manicure while painting and slapping on dirt)
  • Disposable spoon
  • Water
DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
1. Paint your pot with matte paint.
DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
2. Mix the dirt with water.
DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
3. Using gloves, wipe the dirt onto the pot.
DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
4. Allow the mud to dry on the pot.
Wiping dirt off pot - J Dub By Design
5. Wipe the dried mud off the pot.
DIY Aged Pot Tutoria - J Dub By Design
6. Admire your work.

Steps

  1. First, move your pot/vase to a well ventilated area and place it on a towel or piece of cardboard.
  2. After shaking the spray paint really well, spray your piece completely, being careful to avoid any runs or drips down the pot. (If you do get a run, just wipe it off with a cloth or paper towel so it doesn’t not dry on the pot.)
  3. Your pot should dry very quickly. Almost immediately, you will be able to apply a second coat if necessary to make sure the spray paint covers the piece completely.
  4. While the pot is drying, pour your dirt in a bowl or cup.
  5. I used approximately 1 cup of caliche road base (but this will depend on the size of your piece.)
  6. Then, add water to your dirt to achieve a soupy consistency. (I added approximately 1/2 cup of water to my mix.)
  7. Using the disposable spoon, mix the water in with the dirt.
  8. Begin applying this mix to the pot/vase.
  9. Depending on how soupy your mix is, the mix might run off the pot as it is drying. That’s okay.
  10. Next, cover the pot completely with the “dirt soup”.
  11. Allow the pot to dry. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. I let mine dry overnight because I had errands to run.
  12. Once the dirt has dried completely on the pot, use a cloth to gently wipe off the dirt.
  13. Voila! You now have your very own original (gorgeous) architectural element for your home.
DIY Aged Flower Pot - J Dub By Design
I placed my pot in our living room and made an arrangement using fall dried florals.

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Tips:

  1. As I mentioned earlier, I used caliche dirt on this DIY aged pot. You do not need caliche. You can get a similar finish using dirt from your flower beds or garden. Experiment away.
  2. I have also used this finish on two lamps, and they turned out beautifully. Photos will be coming soon.
  3. You can find great objects to slap some dirt on by looking at garage sales, thrift stores, and even the Dollar Store.
  4. The next time I use this finish, I will try out a matte white. So, don’t be afraid to go with something other than black!
  5. If you are going to display your pot outside in the elements, I would spray it with a sealer.

Please drop me a comment to let me know what you think of my DIY Aged Pot Tutorial. I want to hear all about your new and improved architectural gems.

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If you are looking to upgrade a piece of worn out or dated furniture, check out my wax technique. I used it on a coffee table I drug out of our barn. Now it looks like it came straight out of a Restoration Hardware Catalog.

And, if you want a fall DIY, check out my cloche. It will look lovely next to your updated pot!

And, finally…..Are you Looking for a fall recipe? Try my Roasted Tomato Basil Soup and my Sausuage Bites! Both of these recipes are highly addictive.

This post does contain affiliate links.  This means if you click on certain links and purchase a product I recommend, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  If you do make a purchase through my links, thank you so much for supporting my website.