Brighten up your Terracotta Flower Pots
There's just something so wonderful and serene about a striking shade of pink.
- Terracotta flowerpot
- Spray paint (2 colours for body, 1 colour for trim)
- masking tape (small, medium, large)
- sharp blade (Stanley knife)
- rubber gloves
- paper towels
- When cleaning the pot, don't use water. Terracotta is a porous material and water will seep into it, making it harder for the paint to stick.
- wear rubber gloves at all times when handling the pot to avoid smudging it.
- Keep extra rubber gloves at hand.
- before using the spray paint, shake the can for 60 seconds.
- While using the paint, keep the can moving from left to right and right to left.
- when finished spraying, turn the can upside down and spray it for ten seconds. This will prevent the nozzle from clogging up.
- Paint in a well ventelated area.
- cover any surrounding areas or furniture to avoid splashing paint on them.
- wait for the paint to dry completely before removing any masking tape.
- where possible, use matt or satin paint rather than gloss, matt and satin will spread easier so you get even coverage without using a lot of paint. You can always spray with a gloss sealer at the end to give it a shiny finish.
Choose your Colours
I'm going to go with Painter's Touch Sun Yellow gloss and a French Lilac satin for the body and Heirloom White for the trim, also satin. I'll finish it off with a matt sealer to give it a flat finish.
Step 1 - CleaningPut on your latex gloves and with some paper towels wipe down the the entire surface of the pot. Don't use any water or detergents.
Carefully peel off any stickers or labels. If the sticker leaves any residue, I recommend using some sticker remover. Make sure to properly remove any of the chemical left behind on the pot with a paper towel.
Step 2 - PrimingTo get a lasting and even finish, a primer is an absolute. I used the Painter's Touch Surface Primer spray for this. Alternatively, a cheaper method is to use an ordinary white emulation. The drawback to this though, is that it can leave brush marks. With the spray, you are guaranteed a smooth finish.
Whatever method you choose, ensure both inside and outside the pot are completely covered and allow at least an hour to dry.
Step 3 - Prepping
Very carefully using your blade, trim the tape where the lip meets the body. Follow the natural groove of the pot so you get a nice even and straight edge.
Step 4 - Painting
- Stand about 250mm away from the pot.
- Keep the can moving from left to right, to right to left as you spray.
- If possible, move around the pot rather than moving the pot.
- Spray with two light coats or until the surface is completely covered.
- Allow at least two hours to dry before continuing.
- Turn the pot upside-down.
- cut 4 strips of masking tape to reach from the lip, down the side, across the bottom and up the opposite side.
- find the centre of the strip of tape
- carefully place the strip along the bottom of the pot, using the hole in the pot as a guide to find the centre.
- firmly press the tape along either side of the pot.
- Get a second strip of tape and place it across the bottom of the pot so it forms a cross with the first piece of tape.
- firmly press the tape the along either side of the pot.
- With the third piece of tape, place it across the bottom, in between the first and second strips.
- repeat for the fourth strip.
- With your blade cut along the groove, where the lip meets the body of the pot.
- With the large masking tape, cut strips wide enough to fit across the now purple gaps.
- Be careful to place the masking tape across the groove evenly.