One way for a middle-aged person to look better than ever is to sit on a patio surrounded by well-aged pots. Flaking, lichen-covered clay pots give the impression that they've been around a lot longer than you have. And because antiqued pots look expensive, everyone will think that your investments are doing well and your children have moved out. There are three methods of giving your pots the beauty of antiquity. Two of these techniques take minutes, and the other one takes months.