Shabby chic décor is super popular today because old times have their own charm. There are lots of ways to add age and shabby look to various surfaces: aging, weathering, whitewashing, adding patina and rusty finishes. Whitewashing means covering surfaces with white paint or chalk paint giving it a distressed and somewhat shabby look. Whitewashing isn’t difficult at all, and you can get the look easily.
You can distress wood, clay, terra cotta and many other materials; you can give your floors, walls or even a fireplace a whitewashed look to achieve shabby chic charm. Today we’ll see how to distress and whitewash various pots and planters to give your outdoor and indoor spaces a cool rusty look. the easiest way is to use white acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Mix approximately one part paint to two parts water in a cup. Brush over pot, if you think that there’s too much paint on the brush, just wipe it with a paper towel. Let dry for about 1 hour. If you want a distressed look, once the paint was dry, use sandpaper and sand off some of the paint. Sand off more for an even more distressed look to the pot. Once finished sanding, wipe the pot with a damp rag and then spray two coats of acrylic sealer on the pot, better a matte one. If it’s a wooden planter, it can be a bit trickier: you can see a lot of little bubbles while brushing the mixture to the surface. Right after spreading watery mixture, wipe it off with a paper towel before it could seep fully into the wood. Keep doing that until you are satisfied with the look. read the tutorials below and choose the best one!