The previous owner of the house left a lot of stuff in the yard which included a ton of terra cotta pots filled with dead plants. After seeing a few inspiring designs on Pinterest, I decided to clean up a few of them and paint them. Here’s what you’ll need to make my painted terra cotta pots:
- Terra Cotta Pots
- Scrubbing Sponge
- Thompson’s Aerosol Water Seal
- White 2 in 1 Paint and Primer
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- Gloss Clear Spray Paint
To start, I had to clean up the terra cotta pots in the yard. They were pretty gross.
I took a hose and a scrubbing sponge to them out in the yard and followed up with a good wipe down with a paper towel.
After reading around online, I found out that you have to waterproof the pots because the moisture will make the paint separate from the pots. I went with Thompson’s waterproofing spray that I sprayed on the inside and outside of the pots.
Note: You have to do this before you put any paint on the pots. I tried to waterproof after spray painting, but it just leaves a greasy film on the surface. Oops.
After the waterproofing was dry (about 30-45 min), I spray painted the pots white using a 2 in 1 paint and primer. I sprayed 2-3 coats to get full white coverage. I also made sure to spray about 3-4 inches along the top of the inside to make sure all the visible parts of the pot were painted.
I let this dry for about an hour or two and used the time to plan a black and white geometric pattern I wanted to paint on the pots.
I started by drawing a diagonal grid on the pots using a scrap piece of mail and a pencil.
I started filling in certain squares with black acrylic paint and a paint brush to get the diamond geometric pattern.
I did this all the way around the pot. I also painted a second one with a mix of vertical, diagonal, and horizontal stripes.
Once the acrylic paint dried (about an hour), I took the pots back outside to put on a clear coat of spray paint to preserve the design.
I let this dry for an hour or two and decided to finally plant the avocado seed I had been growing on my window sill in a plastic cup. You can barely see it in the pot, but I’m super excited for avocados one day…probably waaaaaaaaaay into the future.