DIY French Anduze Pot

by Sherry

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.

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Miss Char January 24, 2011 - 6:56 pm

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 January 24, 2011 - 7:12 pm

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

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style January 24, 2011 - 8:00 pm

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 January 24, 2011 - 8:04 pm

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 January 24, 2011 - 8:06 pm

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


Pat January 24, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Beautiful transformation Sherry.

Chari at Happy To Design January 24, 2011 - 9:01 pm

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 January 24, 2011 - 9:13 pm

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!


Olive Cooper January 24, 2011 - 9:37 pm

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

V[email protected] In My Heart January 24, 2011 - 9:52 pm

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

Claire January 24, 2011 - 10:30 pm

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 January 24, 2011 - 10:44 pm

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.


Blue Creek Home January 24, 2011 - 11:36 pm

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

Cathy~Mille Fleur January 25, 2011 - 12:00 am

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

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio January 25, 2011 - 12:23 am

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

NanaDiana January 25, 2011 - 12:38 am

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

Shelia January 25, 2011 - 12:42 am

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

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home January 25, 2011 - 12:45 am

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

Susan January 25, 2011 - 12:57 am

Oh your pot turned out beautifully!

Claire January 25, 2011 - 1:15 am

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

Tamra January 25, 2011 - 2:09 am

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

vintage vine January 25, 2011 - 2:17 am

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

lvroftiques January 25, 2011 - 4:32 am

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 January 25, 2011 - 5:59 am

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) January 26, 2011 - 12:24 am

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 January 26, 2011 - 12:55 am

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

Enjoy your evening,

xinex January 26, 2011 - 12:59 am

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

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style January 26, 2011 - 1:07 am

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

Ellen January 26, 2011 - 1:27 am

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


Kathy January 26, 2011 - 3:45 am

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

Sue January 26, 2011 - 3:50 am

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

[email protected] January 26, 2011 - 1:47 pm

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 January 26, 2011 - 4:36 pm

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

la Brocanteuse January 26, 2011 - 5:29 pm

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

time worn interiors January 26, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Great transformation on the pot! Can't wait for the giveaway!

Deserae January 27, 2011 - 2:11 am

What a fabulous transformation… it!

WhiteWhispers2u January 27, 2011 - 4:18 pm

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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