Another pot project…I found this huge one at a thrift store for $8! I knew it could be so much better than bright orange! I’m still trying to figure out if this is an old olive pot look alike…I would love to hear in the comments below if you know for sure.
I started off by cutting off the little things that were surrounding the handles. They just weren’t jiving with me and some of them were falling off. I was wondering if they might be glued on, but I used scissors and they came off so easy!
I started off by using a paint mixture that I had mixed together from some craft paint that I had on hand. I was thinking I was going to give the pot a lighter look. I used a mixture of the “Apple barrel“ paint from Walmart in colors khaki, nutmeg brown, and burnt umber. I don’t really have a ratio, but I used a lot of the khaki color and then small amounts of the other two colors, mixed together. I added baking soda into my paint until it got thick, again, I don’t really have a ratio for this but it’s pretty easy to gauge on your own when mixing it …kind of a project to project preference to how thick I prefer it to be as well.
I painted/blotted on a lighter coat of this and then mixed a little bit more of the darker colors with the khaki (after the lighter coat dried) and painted on a darker coat on top of that. The baking soda added gave me the character that I wanted with the texturized look. I’ve then dry brushed on the burnt umber color. I could have totally skipped all of these first steps with the direction that I decided to go with the pot.
I decided that I wanted to paint it kind of like my other pots that I had painted, because of the style of the pot. It would have looked great brown as well but I didn’t really have the colors on hand that I needed to layer with to make it look really authentic and good.
I painted over the whole thing, leaving some spots showing underneath, with a custom color match that I had from Behr paint. I didn’t use the baking soda on this step because I already had so much texture from the other paint that I used underneath it. But, if you were skipping the first steps and just starting from here, you could add the baking soda to a deep dark brown paint to start off with to get texture for your base.
You can see below how there are some colors peeking through. I’m not sure that this made a huge difference in the end, but it might have helped with more of a layered look?
I made my own paint mixture again with the “apple barrel“ craft paint from Walmart using colors melted chocolate, khaki, and a tiny bit of red. The tiny bit of red color mixed in gives it more of an old terra-cotta look. I have used this paint mixture a couple other times and it’s turned out great! I added baking soda to the paint mixture and dabbed it all over the pot with a craft paintbrush.
I left a lot of spots showing through of the brown color underneath.
When the terra-cotta color was almost completely dry, I used a damp lint free cloth to wipe over the pot in the areas that I wanted the darker color to show through more. It worked so well to get the terra-cotta color to come off lightly to give it more of a layered look! I find that working with these types of things where I’m trying to get a layered look, it’s almost trial and error…I just keep layering until I like it… and I mix colors until I like them. As you can see here, sometimes it takes covering the whole pot and then covering it again to get the color that I want for the type of pot I’m working with.
I wanted a lighter color that would pop here and there, so I took a paintbrush, dipped it in “Eiffel for you” Behr paint and wiped most of the paint off of the brush before applying. This color is kind of like a “Taupe“ color, so other taupe colors could be used for this as well. I dabbed it here and there in different areas, keeping a lint free damp cloth on hand so that if I got too much on the pot I could just wipe it off, or blend it in. I also blotted on a little bit of the dark brown color match towards the bottom of the pot, around the rim on the top, and other areas in small amounts…. Wiping off the excess when I needed to if I applied too much.
I love the look of this color combo! It looks amazingly old and authentic! Old olive pots sell online sometimes upwards to $500 or more…I’m glad I could replicate something that looks old for $8! Wooo hoooo!!!
You can see the paint that I blotted along the top a little better in this close up. I love seeing the dark color peek through!
Each side looks a little bit different, which makes it look even more authentic.
These are the three pots that I have done with this color combo! These old looking pots are so fun to sit inside my hutch that I have that has glass doors! Have you ever tried anything like this? It really is so much fun to see how they all turn out!
I’ve even used techniques such as these on glass containers. With the glass containers I started off by spray painting it with matte black spray paint, that had some primer in it, to try to keep it from chipping off…and then continued with the method above. Now, to find another color combination that I love just as much as this!