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.

37 thoughts on “DIY French Anduze Pot”

  1. 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

  2. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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:)

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

  7. 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

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