DiY: Flower Pot Makeover

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I may not have a green thumb when it comes to keeping houseplants and flowers, but like all Turks, I love growing herbs around the house. From spring through summer, we Turks fill our balconies, terraces and tables with mint and globe basil. In Western Turkey, along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, you will find potted herbs growing almost everywhere you look: houses, offices, restaurants and bars. Not

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Each year around this time, I start filling our deck with potted herbs, so I can be reminded of my homeland. But this year the weather is a bit late to reach normal Spring temperatures, so I thought I could use my time prettying my plain-Jane flower pots. As I couldn't wait to start my little project, I forgot to take before pictures of all. But thankfully I remembered to take the before picture of the small pot =)
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Last year I found one plastic and four terracotta pots at Put & Take. I refinished one of the terracotta pots and the plastic one last summer but didn't have time to refinish the other three. As I wanted all the pots look like a set, I decided to go with the same aqua hue that I used last year. If you would like to use it in any of your projects, you can find the picture of the color code on our blog.

After preparing my homemade chalk paint (you can find the homemade chalk paint recipe on our blog), I washed the pots of dirt and debris and let them dry. Once they were dry and ready for painting, I started brush painting with a half loaded chip brush. While I didn't cover all the surface with paint, I also didn't choose dry-brushing because I wanted some areas to get covered almost solidly to achieve that random distressed look I was going for.
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With this last pot, I happened to brush it more than I should, so it ended up looking almost fully painted. As I was going for a distressed look, I had to remove the excess paint with what I call "rubbing" technique. It is a good and easy alternative to sanding when you are painting with chalk paint. You can find more details on rubbing technique on our blog post.

As the painting and distressing was completed, it was time to pretty up the pots with different embellishments.


As my pots were finished, it was time to plant some herbs. Unfortunately I couldn't find any globe basil or mint in HomeDepot or in our local nursery. I think the weather is not yet warm enough to have a good selection of potted herbs. But I was lucky enough to find some thyme, Thai basil and lemon balm, so I planted those in my refinished pots for now.

Here are my jewels!..
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...and my pots are not bad either!
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I can't wait to show our deck to you in the summer: I line up these beauties next to each other at the corner of our deck, and in the evening breeze it feels like heaven with all that beautiful scent in the air.

Here are some close-up pictures so you can see the details better.


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And here they are, all together, including the ones I did last year. Having them all the same color helps displaying them as a set, but the different finishing details breaks the monotony.


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I hope you liked my jewels and their new pots.

For all the details on stenciling, rubbing technique, paint color code and much more please visit our blog post from the link below.


Handan, xo
Handan & Greg @ The Navage Patch

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  • Carolyn
    Apr 23, 2017

    real cute! Anything different with the plastic pot?

  • Hal4259043
    Apr 23, 2017

    Do you need to seal the terracotta pots first?
    ive painted mine with low sheen acrylic and they peeled after a time

    • Terra Gazelle
      Apr 25, 2017

      If you use a primer or chalk paint it will keep it from peeling. Ilive in Louisiana..it is humid and it is hot..we go to Florida to get away from the heat and humidity. I had little clay pots I used for my husband and my renewal.... I filled them with herbs..Rosemary and lavender, Mint and basil, they were used for centerpieces on each table . That was in May of 2013 and those little pots are going strong. I removed those herbs from them though as they got to big and needed more room.

  • Sbr18609229
    Apr 22, 2017

    Can you paint plastic pots as well?

    • Virginia Hale
      Jun 14, 2017

      If you seal the in side of the pots they will not peel. I have about 8 pots and the paint is still on them & no peeling. Terra cotta absobs water so if its not sealed it makes the paint flake off.

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