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?
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.
DIY CHALK PAINTED FLOWER POTS
- 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)
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).
Paint the outside and as much of the inside as necessary so that the visible part will be painted.
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.
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 😉