Asked on May 28, 2017

Any advice on using old flower pots?

Judy Cochrane-BrodieBeachem2015Nan2108475


I thought to empty some of my old grotty pots, scrub and then paint them with oil paint. Do I need to paint them inside and out and would I need a special paint please?
7 answers
  • Shoshana
    on May 28, 2017

    This Hometalker used DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint and it came out beautifully- check it out:
  • Lynnette Bowden
    Lynnette Bowden
    on May 28, 2017

    Make sure to clean pots well with your choice of agents, eco friendly or chemica. Then I used latex spray enamel (soap/water cleanup). Spray both inside and outside especially if pots will sit outside in colder climate. After spraying you can stencil or hand paint a design using any latex or chalk paint. Finally I used a clear acrylic sealer x 3 coats making sure to dry well in between. Mine have lasted 5 years thus far. Good luck and have fun!
  • Marcie
    on May 29, 2017

    Actually, I love this natural look! Spray on a bit of moss spray.... very cool!
  • Morgan
    on May 29, 2017

    I would not recommend using oil based paint on old pots. Oil based paints are wonderful for use on interior walls although they do have volatile compounds that some people are very sensitive to these days. Oil based paints won't adhere to plastics or fired ceramic pots and it won't dry well on concrete or terracotta - what ever the wind blows in will stick to it long before the paint is dried.

    You need to use paint suitable for the surface you're planning on painting. There are nifty spray paints that work well for plastic; others are formulated for concrete, etc. This is a case for picking the right materials for the job.

  • Nan2108475
    on May 30, 2017

    Just clean and use as is. Looks great that way!
  • Beachem2015
    on May 30, 2017

    Krylon has some great super-adhering paint for just this thing. I've repainted all my flower pots Glossy Black and they look wonderful!
  • Judy Cochrane-Brodie
    Judy Cochrane-Brodie
    on May 31, 2017

    I just picked up some broken clay pots. I have ferns and hostas, and put the broken pieces in front to make it appear they are growing out of the pots.
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