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Aging Pots: Lime

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Aging Pots: Lime

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

It is flexible and easy and quickly tones down the harsh orange of many new pots. Try to emulate the subtle streaks of old pots.

materials

  • Hydrated lime

  • Natural-bristle paintbrush

  • Spray bottle

  • 150-grit sandpaper

steps

  1. Dissolve 1 cup hydrated lime in 2 cups water, stirring until no clumps remain. (This amount will age several small pots or 2 large ones. You can make varying quantities of the solution, but always use 1 part lime to 2 parts water.)

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  2. Use brush to apply lime solution to the pot, employing random strokes to paint on solution thickly in some areas, thinly in others.

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  3. Fill spray bottle with water, set it on the "stream" setting, and coat pot in various spots while lime is still wet. This thins the coating for a more natural look. Let dry.

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  4. Sand pot in random directions, wiping dust off frequently, until you have achieved the desired look.

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