How to Age a Garden Urn with Chalk Paint


Good morning everyone!

Since so many kind folks have asked where I got the Urns on my Living room mantel, I thought I would share with how I gave them a makeover with paint to create an aged, distressed look.


I started with a plain, stone planting Urn from Home Depot that looked like this (they also sell plastic Urns that I think would work just as well).

There is nothing wrong with this look, it’s a perfectly good garden pot. But I wanted to jazz it up so that I could use it inside the house.


Here’s what I did:

I used three colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Graphite, Cream and White.

First, I painted the urn with a base coat of the Graphite.



Then I added a layer of Cream and let that coat dry. I was sure to paint around the inside of the Urn as well.

(I totally forgot to take a picture of the Cream layer, but you can see it peeking out below)

Finally, I added a last layer with the White.

When everything was dry, I lightly sanded it, focusing on the edges to bring out each of the three colors and giving it a distressed look.






And that’s it. A super easy project to update a plain planter.



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27 thoughts on “How to Age a Garden Urn with Chalk Paint

  1. Seriously, what did we do before chalk paint came along? Love how these garden urns turned out Karen. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this post at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ kerryanne
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  2. Wow! That looks incredible. I’m so impressed. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you stopping by to party with us. We hope to see you, tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thanks so much Ann Marie! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back on Mondays and join our link party Something to Talk About!

    1. Thanks Susan! I just used the small pots of Annie Sloan paint. The first coat of Graphite took more because the urns just sucked it up so maybe one whole pot for both. The other colors took much less.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join me on Mondays for our Something to Talk About link party!

  3. Hi Karen, so nice to meet you. Don’t know how I have missed you, but so glad we found each other. You seem like a girl after my own heart! I am subscribing to your blog, and look forward to seeing more of what you do. Love the urns!
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  4. Love it as well and I agree with you on the graphite as a base which you know I’ve used with my projects. I’m not “big” on urns but when you mentioned the plastic ones it’s given me an idea for my fireplace which I’m going to be white washing this summer and I think a medium size one would look lovely ! BTW I’ll be using AS watered down white for the brick…can’t wait to see the results !!!
    Great job as always :)

    1. Thanks Missi! I cant wait to see your fireplace :) I did that in our last house and loved it, covering the red brick really lightens the room and helps with the dust they shed!
      Have a great week!

  5. Love how they look! Layering the paint is certainly does the trick. I think I need to go to Home Depot, the nearest one is 90 miles away…so it’s an all day shopping trip;~) Mickie

    1. Thanks Mickie! And I thought my Home Depot & Lowes were far!!!
      Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will come back on Mondays for our Something to Talk About link party!

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