DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life
Last week I took a little gander at my random collection of plant pots, you know to start thinking about prettifying the yard a bit. I love terracotta pots, but mine have definitely seen better days.
Like this one!
This is the biggest one I have, and it’s been around for at least 10 years, not to mention through a move or two…
Here’s a few more added to the mix.
See what I mean? The big pots are in pretty tough shape around the rim.
So I decided to paint this bunch and give them a new life. It’s not like there’s anything to lose, right?
I started by brushing off all the dust and dirt with a stiff-bristled hand broom, and then lightly primed each pot with spray primer.
The wind showed up just in time, and made spraying evenly almost impossible.
I decided to give this Krylon ‘Make-It-Stone’ textured spray paint a try.
But I didn’t notice until it was too late that this paint is an indoor paint. Oops! Oh well, like I said, there’s not much to lose at this point.
The pots took the paint really well, but they looked a little boring all sprayed out in stone.
So I went over the rims and sprayed them black instead.
I was trying a little ombre touch here, but a few days later, decided I didn’t really like that either! My technique was a little too blotchy, don’t you think?
So I prepped the pots for another coat of the Krylon Stone to go over the Ombre attempt.
This additional coat made a big difference to the finished look. I liked the outcome much better than the first round.
Here’s a little peak at round two.
I think they look better like this, even up-side-down 😉
And since I liked the way the pots looked, I gave them a few clear coats to seal them, and called it a wrap. Hopefully this will help protect the ‘indoor’ paint from the elements, at least for this season!
Want to see them all planted up?
I stayed with bright red Geraniums and Dracaena in all the pots. They’re pretty hardy plants that I usually manage to keep alive!
I wanted the red to pop against the black and stone colours of the pot, and once the Geraniums fill out, I think they’ll be showy.
The Rhodoes in the background are actually our neighbours, but we get to enjoy them as a backdrop!
Remember the ‘before’ of the big planter?
What do you think of it now?
Notice the water on the rim? I think that’s a good sign that the sealer is doing its job!
Have you painted terracotta pots for outside? Were you happy with the results?
We spent our weekend weeding, and planting up flowers, herbs, and some of Makaria Farm’s famous tomatoes. I hope you’ll pop back for a little tour of what we’ve done!
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