Hi Blissful and Domestic readers! My name is Rachel, and I blog (and live) at Maison de Pax, which is what we've dubbed our 1940 colonial. When we moved in two years ago, it was desperately in need of love, but Mr. Pax and I have had a blast restoring, remodeling, and redecorating... all while chasing our three children! You can see a full before and after tour here. From our gorgeous new whitewashed attic to last week's dinner menu, Maison de Pax is filled with beauty, love, and plenty of chaos. I'm so thankful that Danielle has asked me to be here today to share a bit of that with you! With summer, my mind always turns to indoor/outdoor projects, and this one is no exception. I love terra cotta, but the orangey red doesn't match my house's interior or exterior, so I thought a little wash effect might be nice. And I love the result.
I even taped one off and painted it to give it a dipped look, just for fun.
All you need are terra cotta pots of any size, gray and white chalk paint (I used Country Chic in pebble beach and simplicity, but see here if you want to make your own from latex), a paint brush, paper towel, and water.
Dip your brush in the water and then lightly touch the end of the bristles into your gray paint (I use the lid to ensure I don't get too much paint). As you can see, the bristles are fairly wet, but the paint is only on the tips.
Blot on your paper towel and then paint haphazardly. The water in the brush allows the paint to blend into the pottery some and keeps the brush strokes from being too obvious.
Repeat using the white paint.
Avoid full coverage; the spots of terra cotta showing through give it the aged look.
Let dry (which should take mere minutes!)
Use them indoors or out and enjoy!
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