If you’ve seen my blog or social media, you already know I’m a huge fan of Romabio’s Classico Limewash. I found another way to use this awesome product–a limewash update for terracotta pots!
We used Classico Limewash in Riposo Beige to update the exterior of our 1970s brick home and couldn’t love the look more. It was the perfect DIY solution for updating our outdated brick, and was surprisingly easy to do.
I discovered a HUGE stash of terracotta pots my mother-in-law gave me while I was cleaning out my garage. I tucked them away, with the intention of using some of them for fall planting.
I like the look of terra cotta, but I wanted some more modern pots that could be used indoors or outdoors, so naturally, I turned to my supply.
This is my first foray into houseplants, but I’ve been wanting to find some beautiful plants for a while, and these hardy choices should work out nicely. I went with an aloe and snake plant. I have actually had an aloe plant make it through the winter in the garage, so I know it’s a tough one!
Lime washing the Pots
Starting with a handful of various sized pots and dishes, I mixed up a small amount of limewash to use. I got a little scoop of Classico Limewash and mixed it well with a splash of water. I mixed it a lot thicker than I did for our brick–it was probably closer to 75 (limewash) : 25 (water).
I brushed it all over the interior and exterior of the pots with the Romabio masonry brush and let everything dry in the sun. I followed that with a second coat for a more opaque finish. You could definitely use a regular paint brush for a smaller project like this, but since I already had the masonry brush, that’s what I used.
I used the color Riposo beige, but they have other beiges, whites and a gray. Any of their colors would be perfect for this project.
Adding a Pattern
These pots would be FINE as is. In fact, I did some later and kept them plain. They have that Italian countryside look to me.
I chose to add a simple dash, dot pattern to my lime washed pots with acrylic paint, but that’s totally up to you. My only recommendation is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. They can get too busy quickly, and then you’ll want to scream. I know from personal experience. Er, I mean, I know someone who had that issue. Wink.
I used a darker and lighter tan to make my patterns, but I could see using gray or black, too.
Limewash is awesome.
This limewash update for terracotta pots probably took less than an hour and I love the result. I definitely plan to do this again while I still have plenty of limewash left over.
If you don’t have limewash left from a larger project, you can purchase smaller “sample” sizes from Romabio that would be more than enough to do something like this.
I think these lime washed pots would be gorgeous mixed in with the traditional terracotta color.