How to Paint Garden Pots + Planters

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May 18, 2021

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Painting garden pots and planters is a fun and easy way to add both color and texture to an doorway, outdoor area, or your deck. We’re a big fan of being able to reuse things you have a laying around, or taking your neighbor’s trash and turning it into your new focal point! Even if they look like a mess and are all banged up, Jolie products make it simple to transform inexpensive plastic containers, outdated ceramic pots, concrete planters, window boxes and so much more. Just pick up a few of those leftover pots you have laying around and get ready to paint them!

We had this vision to take a bunch of platic pots found on our local Buy Nothing group, and give them a new life! Follow along with our project to get some new ideas, a bit of inspiration and find a lovely way to start off your gardening season the right way!

What materials do you need to start your project off on the right foot?

Jolie Paint can be used on most surfaces, including wood, stone, ceramic, plastic and more. We were able to find a bunch of used plastic pots to work on. More porous materials, such as terracotta, are going to absorb water, which over time can lead to changes in your finish and result in a more weathered look. If painting a porous containers, we recommend going with darker, more neutrals colors that will weather gracefully over time.

Here’s what we started with:

empty plastic garden pots to paint with jolie matte paint

If you’re looking to create a clean, modern look you may also consider painting plastic pots. Not only are they lightweight, but they’re also non-porous, so you don’t have to worry about any changes to your finish. Plus you can find them for free and save them from the landfill!

They only thing you’ll need to do before you start painting your pots is to wipe the outside clean from dirt. Give them a coat or two of paint depending on what look you want, then fill with dirt and flowers! Depending on whether your painted pots will be indoors, outdoors, or covered you’ll want to consider sealing it. We also painted about 2-3 inches down into the pot so you won’t see any of the old pot color after filling with plants!

Make Your Painted Pots a Little Bit Fancy with These Fun Finish Ideas!

Garden pots present a great opportunity to have a little bit of fun with color or experiment with different finishes. We used a couple different techniques to paint our garden pots, so choose one or try a several!

Pull in an accent color from around your home or yard, and paint your pots to match. Consider using the color of your shutters, your front door, or even a predominate color in your garden.

painted garden pots for front entry

You can also layer multiple colors together using a dry-brushed or stippled technique to create a stone effect. Start with your base color and pick 1-2 additional colors to mix and layer. For a concrete look, use French Grey or Graphite mixed with Antique White. Or go nice and bold and bold and mix your favorite bright colors to create all sorts of effects. Don’t forget to use the natural texture of the pot to bring out some extra details!

Use a stencil to give dimension to simple, flat surfaced pots. If you’re feeling artsy paint on a design by hand! Painters tape also works well for creating geometric designs, you can even add some gold leaf onto your pots if you plan to keep them indoors.

metal leaf on garden pot

Then when you’re done, put all your painted garden pots together, fill them with flowers or herbs and create a little garden of your own! We used a combination of Gentlemans Blue, Malachite, Classic Navy, Bliss and Santorini to create all the various colors and combinations you see!

Don’t forget to pop by the shop to visit us at our Boutique in Falls Church City! We are open in our NEW location. We’re right next to Panera and our Main Entrance is located on Pennsylvania Avenue! There’s even free parking in the garage right next door, so be sure to come by and say Hello!

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