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 only do they look and smell nice, but the globe basil especially keeps mosquitoes at bay.
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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 =)
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.
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!..
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.
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.
I hope you liked my jewels and their new pots.
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16 Questions on This Project
- How do your pretty pots withstand the rain (if you keep the pots outdoors)? Does the clear coat spray paint seal your chalk paint?
- What is the brand and color of the paint you u used? One of the pots appears to be a lighter color?
- Handen & Greg, your decorated pots are just beautiful. I was wondering if you have any tips for me. I am growing herbs from seed - about 150 of them, for my daughters wedding that is on 7/31/16 for favors. What I have planted now are in the small peat pots and ready to move to larger pots. I've used cilantro (I think that was a mistake!) basil, oregano, rosemary, chives & lavender. Anyway, I want to use the 3" pots from the dollar store and wondering if these are too small now. Do you think the globe basil would grow in time in this size pot and still look full? I also think my chives will be good and the oregano. Also, should I keep the seedlings in potting soil or switch to garden soil at this point? Any advice of yours will help, thanks
- Gorgeous! You say you grow cilantro, one of my favorites, but I've not had much luck with it. It doesn't seem to grow at all. Any secrets?
- Is the chalk paint waterproof for outdoors? If not, would adding a coat of some sort of sealer do the trick?
- These are gorgeous and I would love to use some of your ideas, especially that beautiful turquoise. I live in Arizona, in the low desert which means hot and dry. I already have some herbs going, as well as tomatoes and green peppers. To paint and decorate these pots would require me to sit on the ground and not move the pots at all of them have water drip systems that come up through the base. Do you think I should not paint them? Or should I begin to crawl? Just not sure about painting and decorating something already growing! Your input will be appreciated!!
- I have had some beautiful tulips in pots that were given to me.They have had lovely huge pinky orange blooms,and now they are dying.low and behold more flowers are cumming up and they are yellow. Do I cut the old ones down or leave them.
- I have a wooden planter that is square and light brown, and i got a ceramic planter that has a hole in the top of it and 3 holes on the sides maybe 2 inches apart i was wondering if i could fix them up and plant lillac bushes(mini) in the planters? Please Reply Back ASAP! Thank-You!
- Do you need to seal the terracotta pots first?ive painted mine with low sheen acrylic and they peeled after a time