Aging Urns

3.12.2012

I shared these concrete urns in my mantel makeover post yesterday and want to share with you how I aged them.

I love the detail on them that give them a French country look, but they were just too white.

So what do you do to make them look old and worn over time? You use coffee grounds.

I just placed the urns, one at a time, on some foil and just took some coffee in my hand and rubbed it on the urn in circles. I continued to do that until the all of the urn was done. Great abrasion for my hands.

I rubbed off the excess and was left with this. Now they look old.

                                     before                                                                              after

Of course I could not leave them alone. After studying the inspiration picture of the urns I copied again I noticed they were a darker gray green color. So out came some Annie Sloan chalk paints and some craft paint.

First thing I did was paint the raised garland with gold craft paint.
To get the aged look I mixed a tiny amount of Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Graphite with water to do a wash all over the urn. I did a small area at a time and dabbed some back off with a paper towel. Then I mixed Chateau Gray, which has a lot of green in it, with water and just dabbed it more at the bottom and on some of the raised garland areas. 

Here you can see the differences.

Now they are more of an aged color. So I could have skipped the coffee grounds step since I ended up painting them anyway. 

Learn as you go, I say.

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41 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip, Kim! Love your urns!

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  2. Beautifully aged! I love the aqua tint!
    Yvonne

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  3. Great tip, I would have never know you had gave them a little face lift. They turned out just perfect:)

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  4. LOL- Yes...but did you use STARBUCKS coffee grounds? Surely that urn deserves nothing but the best! Love the way it turned out. I know what you mean I have done needless steps before, too....but it was neat looking with just the coffee ground coloring, too. xo Diana

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  5. Sometimes I feel a bit like an aging urn..... wonder what coffee grounds would do if I rubbed them on my gray?

    ~Bliss~

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  6. Love this idea. I saw it over atone of my blogging friend Holly's a few weeks ago and I thought, WOW, I would have never thought of that idea. They look awesome, and it really does work!

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  7. I love urns. Yours look great!
    See you tomorrow!
    Sherry

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  8. I like the final product, the color looks great! XO, Pinky

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  9. Very nice Kim! Your urns look great with the subtle aged finish.

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  10. These turned out great! :)
    -Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  11. What a fantastic trick! I am going to try this on a light, small planting urn I got last fall. It's too flat-looking and blah. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks for the tips on your aging. They look great and amazing on the mantle.

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  13. I am urn crazy and these look great Kim!!

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  14. So clever! And they look fab!

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  15. I'm so glad you kept going. Love the finish.

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  16. I love seeing the progression of them from where they started to how they ended up. They look alot better with your technique.

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  17. Those urns are certainly 'mantel worthy' now! ~ Maureen

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  18. I use coffee on lots of things too! Who knew that nasty stuff my grandfather drank would be so useful?! LOL That urn looks great Kim!
    Lorraine

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  19. That's a fabulous tip. Your urns came out beautiful.

    Karen

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  20. You are so clever Your urns turned out great, Thanks for sharing the tip. Will be trying it.

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  21. Thanks for the tip! Your mantle looks great as it always does!

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  22. Those turned out fabulous Kim!! I need to redo the urn of my new topiary.

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  23. They look great Kim! I love those urns.

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  24. I have "passed up" so many beautiful things on the fact that they were not the right color or patina...Now, with the new amazing finishes you can do..the sky's the limit...

    You beautifully aged those urns...great patina!

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  25. It's like you added a few more decades to their appearance. Beautifully aged!

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  26. I really like the coffee grounds look! I will have to try that. I have some old concrete urns outside. They do get darker. Someone told me to use dark green paint - watered down to age new ones. Maybe because the ones outside get kind of that color - and sometimes moss.

    tina

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  27. Looks great! I'm going to have to try this technique.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  28. Kim, you just never stop! This looks lovely.

    Have a wonderful day!

    S
    xo

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  29. Great tip they look great. Thanks

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  30. They turned out so nice! Perfect color!

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  31. Great tip! They look perfect!
    xo-Lisa

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  32. Thanks for sharing! You are so clever! Joann

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  33. Who would have thought that making something look older would made it look better ?
    :)

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  34. Looks awesome! I have heard you could do this but was a little weary of trying it. Yours turned out great! Good job!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

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  35. Love the aged look of the urns! Nice job!

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  36. Gotta have a bit of mossy age to make your urn look authentically old, Kim! It looks good.
    Heck, all I have to do is set something out on the deck and it is covered with moss within a week- the nasty stuff seems to thrive in our yard. LOL- Paint is so much faster and cleaner, however. :-)

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