Make: Gold Terracotta

Friday, March 15, 2013





It seems I have another terracotta painting project DIY (I swear don't sit around painting terracotta all the time). Anyhoo, I saw these really beautiful terracotta pots that have sheets of gold leaf laid on them and I felt inspired to (try) to recreate them. Unfortunately I couldn't find gold leaf sheets so I went ahead and just got some gold leaf paint. These are definitely not quite as lovely as the others but it was so simple and turned out well enough that I am happy with them. . . for now. Someday I want to give the other method a shot, they are just so pretty!

I tested three methods, the first, just using really light brush strokes so that the terracotta shows through (I think that's my favorite). The second I applied two coats, let it dry and then took a steal brush to it. The bad news is it didn't turn out how I had envisioned (I was hoping to get that gold leaf sheet look - it was not happening), the good news is this paint does not come off so easily! I brushed and brushed and still didn't break through to the terracotta layer. And third I went for a nice simple one coat job - this definitely was the best method for getting a nice shiny gold look. Now my plants have a little bling. A little tip I will pass on for those that may want to try this: do it outside, that tiny bottle of enamel paint smells super toxic and I am guessing isn't so great for breathing in in an enclosed space.

Happy weekend!

PS if any of my reader friends are interested in a coupon code for powell's books let me know. Maybe they read my blog and my secret subliminal messages got through because I got an email that said "to one of our most loyal customers . . ." and they gave me four coupon codes for 25% total purchase and free shipping (of course it could just be that i spend a lot of money there!)  . . . so there's three left - because, yep, already used one. They have to be used by the 18th, feel free to send me an email if you want a code.

29 comments:

  1. I think this is definitely what my kitchen window cill has been lacking – gold and terracotta pots! I actually have a few pretty pots outside (currently frozen over and crawling with snails) so I will be giving them a dust off this weekend! Hope you have a good one Christine!

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  2. Oh, how sweet is that Powell's found out about your professed love for their stores. I like the little bling on your terracotta pots. Have been obsessing over metals/metallic finishes lately. Have a great weekend Christine! xx

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  3. This is a great idea, I can just see these pots glittering in the sun.

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  4. These are so pretty. Megan's right. They'd look so nice in a sunny kitchen window. I wonder how they'd do outside? And how lovely that Powell's loves you back! Happy weekend, dear! XO

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  5. Lovely little pots. Gold paint is one of those things I can't allow myself to own, because I swear I would paint ALL THE THINGS gold. So sweet that Powell's sent you coupons. Bookstore coupons are just the naughtiest things, aren't they? Entice me more, why don't you! Haha. Have a wonderful weekend, twinsy. I'm planning on sleeping hard. xo

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  6. The gold leaf ones look great! Yours with paint look more contemporary :)

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  7. I would have never thought to gold leaf terracotta pots. I like the ones that you referenced; They have a nice, rustic look to them. As Yelle mentioned, your pots look more contemporary and clean. Both are really nice.
    Well, yay for book coupons. One year, for my birthday or Christmas, my brother and sister-in-law gave me a $100 gift certificate for a book store. Best. gift. ever!
    Happy weekend, Christine!

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  8. You always surprise me with your DIY projects, Christine. Lovely! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. So weird, I posted a comment yesterday and it's gone missing. The computer hates me lately. :( I love the gold! So sweet and it would look so nice in a sunny window, just like Meghan said. I wonder how it would be outside? And now I'm thinking silver would be pretty on our jade plant in our dining room (so maybe it's good my comment did disappear!). And how nice that Powell's love you back!

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  10. I love it! Looks so nice, especially the gold one!

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  11. Just looking at the tiny bottle I suspected it probably had a potent smell to it. The outcome is great though- I really like the "one coat" and can't believe how saturated it looks. Great project Christine.

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  12. Your plants are more decked out than I am, that's for sure

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  13. I love this. My plants are all sitting in green pots on dinner plates. I should really spice things up for them!

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  14. I appreciate the so-date information on your part.

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