DIY Chalk Painted Flower Pots (Easiest DIY Ever!)

Sound the alarm! It’s Thrifty Thursday, friends. I almost didn’t make it in time, but alas, here I am. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, this post is the second installment in a new series – on the third Thursday of every month I will be sharing a particularly thrifty project I’ve recently done. You can check out the first Thrifty Thursday project here.

Today, it’s this cute little terra cotta flower pots. Let me just say, I feel pretty silly posting this because of how incredibly easy it was. But for 99 cents, some paint, and about five minutes of my time, I think I got a lot of bang for my buck. Don’t you think so?

Chalk Painted Flower Pots - Quick Terra Cotta Flower Pot Update with Chalk Paint


This isn’t the first time I’ve painted flower pots. It’s one of my new favorite easy decor projects, and again, I have to stress how incredibly easy it is. I’m not kidding when I say it took five minutes to paint these two pots, maybe even less! These chalk painted flower pots came about as a last-minute project for another DIY that I’m working on, but I can’t share with you yet 😉 Let’s just say I needed a couple of small pots, so today at the grocery store I picked up two 99 cent terra cotta pots, used paint that I already had on hand, and now I have these!

It’s so easy, I don’t even want to call it a tutorial, but here is how I gave these flower pots a modern farmhouse makeover with chalk paint.



  • Terra cotta pot
  • Chalk paint in the color of your choice
  • Paint brush
  • Slightly damp paper towel or rag
  • A separate container for the paint (like my trustee Spider-Man mug)

Chalk Painted Flower Pots Gray Terra Cotta Painted Farmhouse Flower Pots

I needed really small pots, so I chose the smallest size I found at the store. They were only 99 cents a piece! I skipped the saucers because I didn’t need them. With my houseplants, I usually like to have cute pots to use as a cachepot, while keeping a smaller pot inside with the actual plant. Then when I water, I just take it out, water it, let it drain, and put it back into the pretty pot 🙂

Start by giving the pots a quick wipe-down with a damp paper tower or rag to remove any dust. Once it’s dry, go ahead and paint. For these pots, I just applied one quick coat and that’s it. I used FolkArt Home Decor in Parisian Grey (my go-to brand and color).

Chalk Painted Flower Pots - Quick Terra Cotta Flower Pot Update with Chalk Paint

Paint the outside and as much of the inside as necessary so that the visible part will be painted.

Chalk Painted Flower Pots - Quick Terra Cotta Flower Pot Update with Chalk Paint

If you wanted, you could do a coat of one color, then a second coat in another color and distress to expose the base color. You could also use a dry brushing technique to layer your colors to give it more dimension, which I’ve done on some other terra cotta pots that I’ve painted. But for these, I wanted to keep it simple.

Chalk Painted Flower Pots - Quick Terra Cotta Flower Pot Update with Chalk Paint

Okay, that’s it! No, really. I didn’t wax or seal these in any way, because I won’t actually be planting anything in them. If you were to plant directly in these pots, you would possibly want to give them a coat of poly on the outside and inside to protect it from moisture and to prevent the paint from chipping off, especially since terra cotta is so absorbent. Personally, I don’t think I would seal them either way. If water began to seep through and damage the paint, I feel like it would just add to that aged patina look. I actually did this with two other pots. I painted them pure white and planted herbs in them to keep in the kitchen. The white is fading a bit and there are some marks from where the soil spills over when watering it, but I think it gives it a cute farmhouse look. Plus, I figure I can easily paint over it again one day when if I ever decide to.

So there you go! I told you it was easy! Be sure to check back in a couple weeks when I share the DIY that I actually made these for 😉

Until then!



Quick and Easy Flower Pot Update with Chalk Paint

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