how to whitewash terracotta pots

how to whitewash terracotta pots

How to Whitewash Terracotta Pots

Terracotta pots are often used as decorations in gardens and homes and they can become a bit dull and dirty over time. Whitewashing terracotta pots is an easy project that will give them a new vibrant look.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Terracotta pot
  • Muriatic acid (found at home improvement centers)
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • White paint


  • Preparing the pot: Fill your bucket with one gallon of water and add two teaspoons (10 mL) of muriatic acid. Place the terracotta pot in the bucket and allow it to sit in the water for half an hour.
  • Cleaning the pot: After the pot has been sitting in the water for the allotted time, take it out and scrub it clean with a stiff brush. This will help to remove any dirt and debris from the pores of the clay.
  • Applying the paint: Now that your pot is clean, it’s time to apply the paint. Dip your brush into the white paint and begin painting the terracotta in even strokes. Be sure to cover all of the surfaces with an even coat of paint.
  • Finishing touches: Once you have finished painting your pot, let it dry completely before moving it or adding any soil or plants. You can seal your pot with a coat of sealant if desired.


Whitewashing terracotta pots is an easy way to brighten up any garden or home. With the right materials and a few easy steps, your terracotta pots will be looking like new in no time.