Dress Up Your Terra-cotta Pot

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Having fresh flowers or herbs in a room or on a patio always help to freshen up a space. An inexpensive way to do that is buy purchasing some terra-cotta pots. The ones I used for this segment, were counter top size. The prices ranged from $0.75-$1.25 and a bargain. The only problem is they can be a little boring. The solution is some creativity and paint.

I painted this little herb pot with black chalkboard paint. I wrote the name of the herb “mint” with chalk. If you change out plant, just erase it!


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I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint, (not to be confused with chalkboard paint,) for this little pot. I then used a paint marker to doodle designs. I hid the names of our family throughout the doodles. They had fun finding them.

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I spray painted this one metallic gold and just wrote our last name with acrylic paint. This is super easy and just using the metallic gold transforms that simple terra-cotta pot.

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I spray painted this one with metallic silver. I added the mustache and a monocle. I have no idea why I decided to paint this. I think it turned out cute, but who would want this on their counter? The local coffee shop! Perfect for their eclectic taste.

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I also used spray paint on this one. I had issues with the spray paint bubbling a bit, but I really like this color. I used “Shape Tape” by frogtape.com to create the scalloped edge. I think painted the bird with acrylic paint and sealed it with a sealant.


My final flower pot is my “Willie Nelson” one. This one is my favorite! I am a fan of Willie’s and he happened to be coming to town on the same day I shared these on the show. I spray painted the pot white and then hand painted Willie and the a design inspired by the state of Texas. (For some reason, I said ‘Dallas, Texas’ on my segment. Ignore that!) I again, sealed the design with a spray sealant. This does not match a darn thing in my house, but for now, it is on my table at the front entrance.

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Thank you to Southern States Co-Operative in Troutville, VA for supplying the plants.


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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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  1. dana

    September 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

    hi, just love ALL your painted items on line. I feel like I learned a lot from you. just really have a big question,…..HOW DO I GET A WALL TO LOOK OLD? well it started out I painted a room in my home with deep purple, satin, Valspar paint.im not too happy with it. I was looking on line for a way to lighten it up some or anything really, LOL. so im going to go shop to see what I come up with. i’ll take photos for ya . lol Thanks for all your great ideas I no I will be using many of them. dana

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