Monday, January 24, 2011

DIY French Anduze Pot

Hello Everyone!  Thank you so much for all the sweet comments on my win  at Whisper Wood Cottage. 

The weather has been so crummy here in Virginia that it has kept me inside to work on some long over-due projects.  I bought two Anduze style terracotta pots at a garage sale last year for fifty cents each!  The original pots were made in the village of Anduze in France's Gard region.  They are round pots and decorated with a swag of garland.  Orange and lemon trees are normally planted in these pots so they can be moved inside in the case of frost.

Most Anduze pots are solid colors of blue, green or mustard. When we were in France I fell in love with the ones that were terracotta on the bottom and painted with drips on the top half.  These are painted similar to Confit pots.

Here is one of my fifty cent pots ready for transformation. Plain terracotta with gold on the garland.


See the swag of garland?  It was a nice pot to start with and was stamped in the clay "France" and another word that appears to say "Stuio". 

Last summer Marty at  A Stroll Thru Life  showed how she transformed her Chinese stool with spray paint and stain.  I loved this look and decided to try it on my faux Anduze pot.
Here I am experimenting with using white board with my photographs.



I applied two coats of spray paint and sprayed heavier on certain areas to get the drips. Once the spray paint was dry I added Provincial stain to the entire pot wiping off certain areas for a lighter look.  When dry I sanded some of the raised areas lightly for a distressed look. The final step was spraying the pot with Krylon Glaze finish.

A very simple process and I love the finished pot.

Check back here on January 30 for my giveaway and many more at  One World One Heart.

I'll be joining the following parties:


Hugs,
Sherry





37 comments:

Miss Char said...

Sherry, your finish pot looks amazing. Really....it looks like its been fired with a glaze that just dripped down the sides. Perfection!

Honey at 2805 said...

Another great look and terrific idea! Keep them coming!! Plus, I will go over and look at Marty's project.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Miss Sherry, you are turning out some extraordinary transformations. I love it and it does look like the real thing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love that green, Sherry! White board, you say? I'll have to give that a try. I think my past several posts using my new camera are so much better, but I'm always looking for tips.

Rene said...

Sherry, you are really doing some impressive finishes lately. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Love this look.

-Rene

Pat said...

Beautiful transformation Sherry.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

Ohhh my...I love how you refinished the Anduze pot...it turned out fabulous! I remember when Marty did the tutorial for this process and thought then that it was so pretty! Love your two color combinations as well! BRAVO, sweet friend...you did GOOD!

Well dear friend, I have been doing a little catching up over here at your place. I just wanted to congratulate you on your recent win of the Whisperwood Cottage contest! Of course, I am not in the least bit surprised! I love your big plastered candleholders...they turned out fabulous! I still would like to try your technique on something! Anyway, I'm sooo happy for you, Sherry! Girlfriend, I wished that I could be of some help to you...I seen your question about a nice, warm white paint. Eeeks...I would be treading in unfamiliar territory on that one! Hehe! But I do wish you the very best in finding that perfect color!

Warmest wishes, sweet friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Divine Theatre said...

It really does look authentic! Great job!
Would you mind stopping by my blog to give me some advice on a pier mirror I just purchased? I would REALLY appreciate your input!

~Andie

Olive Cooper said...

Lovely dressed out in green. I find all my terra cotta pots at garage sales too. Why pay more?

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

That is just gorgeous Sherry! You made it look like a million bucks. Great job!
Vanessa

Claire said...

Wow-this looks superb-love the look-found you on a blog hop and now I'm a follower-stop by for a visit-Claire

sissie said...

Hi Sherry,
I'm reading all the other comments and I am in total agreement with them! The pot looks gorgeous and you did a wonderful job.

hugs
Sissie

Blue Creek Home said...

Congratulations on another crazy gorgeous transformation!!
I really love this one!
Rhonda

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

WOW! Just gorgeous! Will you come to my house and make some for me;)?!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That turned out amazing!!!!! WOW! Love it,,,
Hugs,
Penny

NanaDiana said...

Sherry-The finish on that pot is fabulous. It is perfect! You could sell those and make a bundle~ Hugs- Diana

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Oh, you did so good and your pot is gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

That turned out so great. You were SO fortunate to get those pots.

Susan said...

Oh your pot turned out beautifully!

Claire said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog-so happy I found yours! Claire

Tamra said...

Beautiful!! Who would know any it's not the real deal.

vintage vine said...

Wow! That is really beautiful..great transformation on that pot! Visiting from Coastal Charm. Love your blog!

lvroftiques said...

First let me see if I got this right?...You paid 50 cents for that pot?!
And the transformation is amazing!! Sherry you are fast becoming the queen of the cool project (At least in my eyes *winks*) I must find myself a pot I can transform too! I'm red hot full a inspiration lol! Vanna

High Street Cottage said...

Sherry, I would never have thought about a finish like that, you made it look so easy. It looks as though it came straight out of the kiln like that, very nice. xoxo tami

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I LOVE your pot. It is stunning with the paint and stain. Isn't that a fun project and so easy. It totally transforms anything. Yours looks stunning, what a fabulou find. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Gail said...

Sherry, I love this transformation! The pot looks amazing. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

Enjoy your evening,
Gail

xinex said...

I love the pot. It turned out really pretty...Christine

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sherry, thanks so much for sharing this beauty at the party this week.

Ellen said...

Stunning finish! Thanks for sharing, very inspiring for some stuff I've got around here!

xoxo,
Ellen

Kathy said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I can't believe you got those pots for that cheap---what a find!

Sue said...

Hi Sherry
Your pot looks amazing. I would never have believed it didn't come that way! Great project.
Blessings
Sue

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That is gorgeous Sherry! You are on a roll with projects that I am just loving(well, I have never not loved any of your projects now that I think of it..). This looks fabulous! Love that green:)

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

What a gorgeous finish. Thanks for sharing how you achieved the look!

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Sherry,
I LOVE what you have done with your pots! I have some cement pots in the exact style of the French Anduze pots..you have inspired me to try it for sure.
thank you for your visit to my blog and nice comment.
xo Colette ~Africa du Sud

time worn interiors said...

Great transformation on the pot! Can't wait for the giveaway!
Theresa
aka:tot

Deserae said...

What a fabulous transformation.....love it!
~Des

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Wow that's amazing! I love the look and I see so many pots I love, just not the color or finish.I will keep this in my idea book.Congrats! You are a lucky lady these days ~Cheers Kim