Is that a riddle? A puzzle? a Trivial Pursuit question? No, it’s just that painting terra cotta pots is something I did to make our backyard prettier. We have 8 hayracks across our back iron fence, 2 metal urns, 2 metal planters, a metal baby stroller, and various pots of several colors, finishes and sizes. We had a few extra terra-cotta pots stacked on the side of the house because I DON’T LIKE TERRA COTTA pots. Or maybe I should say I don’t like the color of terra-cotta.
If you’ve been reading Bluesky Kitchen for any length of time, you know that I love chalk paint. It’s so versatile, so easy to use, comes in so many pretty colors, and you can use it on so many surfaces ~ including terra cotta pots. I’ve used a few brands, and I have my favorites, but last summer when I was ready to banish the terra cotta pots from our collection, I thought using up some of the extra bits of chalk paint I had would serve 2 purposes. Painting terra cotta pots made them prettier and brighter in our landscape and I could use up some almost empty paint jars.
Whatever brand of chalk paint you use, be sure to prepare your painting space first. I covered a large section of our patio with newspaper. Looking back, it would have been just as easy to put drop my drop cloth. If it’s the least bit windy, secure the paper or drop cloth with weights ~ like other pots. If it’s really windy, it’s probably not a good idea to paint.
Why Painting Terra Cotta Pots and Pretty Plants Should Go Together
I had about 1/4 of a sample size (8 ounces) jar of Annie Sloan Provence, one of the prettiest colors ever. 1/4 cup is about 2 ounces or 4 tablespoons ~ not much paint. But this chalk paint goes a long way, especially when it’s watered down a bit. So that’s what I did: diluted the paint with 50% water, gave it a good stir and I was ready to go.
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I used a plastic bristle brush to paint on 2 coats of paint on 2 matching pots.
I sprayed a coast of clear gloss sealer from Lowe’s just to keep the paint intact.
I had one more round pot that I had always liked for its shape and size, but not for its terra cotta color. So it got a couple of coats of paint too.
Now that the pots were painted ~ pretty blue is much better than terra cotta, in my humble opinion. It was time to plant. First came some good potting soil.
And then came the plants.
I love how plants look when they have just been planted ~ fresh and neat. This week has been designated planting week (my designation). I may have some more pots to paint first.
After I was through painting the terra cotta pots, I decided to tackle one more painting project. Our patio table. This is a table that I made a mosaic top for several years ago and last summer I painted it in Annie Sloan Greek Blue.
Now I’ve decided it’s a bit too much blue. I wanted a more neutral backdrop for table settings. So since I already had my Old White out, I used it.
Painting terra cotta pots and planting pretty flowers ~ like a horse and carriage, butter and biscuits, chips and salsa. A perfect pairing.