Drab to Fab Terracotta Makeover

 Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and decorate! Planting flowers is an easy way to brighten up your outdoor living areas. But why not take it a step further with decorative planters? Urns and painted pots are NOT cheap! But you know what is? Terracotta and paint!
Why not turn your terracotta from boring. . .
to fabulous. . .
I think I got this old terracotta pot from my mom last year. Nothing wrong with it. But why settle for average when you can have fantastic?! I promise, it’s easy. Here’s how I did it.
First I cleaned and primed {the outside} of the pot. I didn’t have any spray primer so I just brushed it on.
Once the primer was dry I sprayed two coats of Krylon Ivy Green spray paint, allowing about an hour drying time in between each coat. By the way, if you haven’t seen Krylon’s colors lately, go take a look. They are so much fun!
I used DecoArt Patio Paint in cloud white to paint the polka dots. First I drew each polka dot with my brush then I filled it in. I used a wet paper towel to wipe off mistakes and to help make the polka dots “perfectly” round.
Once the dots were dry I sprayed the pot with a good coat of lacquer to make it water resistant.
Then I planted my pretty fuchsia geraniums inside.
Gawjus! Don’t you think?
Another simple and inexpensive way to make the drab you have into fab!
Happy Spring! Now go paint and plant some flowers!

42 thoughts on “Drab to Fab Terracotta Makeover”

  1. Gosh, this is so cute!! I wish I got sun ANYWHERE on my deck or windows. 🙁 Ah, apartment living. I'll just live vicariously through everyone else with gardens!

  2. I like how it looks with the pretty pink/red flowers. Good choice of color. Your hands seem very steady based on those dots! 🙂

  3. Cute, cute, cute! Now I gotta run out and get me some cheap pots and gorgeous flowers and get to work! Hope you have a great Monday!

  4. Gathering the materials you suggested and going out to paint my pots~! I love yours- truly I do..


  5. love it! I giving flowers for teacher appreciate this week and this would make a gorgeous gift!

  6. oh man this is awesome!! i just rambled on my blog about how much i want to plant flowers! thanks for the inspiration! I'm going to add this to my post. I hope you don't mind!

  7. love this, jen. excited for you to guest for us. and ps: you're our competition on american crafter, lol…how FUN! (:

  8. How simple and how effective this is! I love the cheerfullness of the painted container, and it looks so easy to do.

  9. Super cute! I especially love how you styled it. The pink geranium and birdie are perfect with it!

  10. Congratulations, your pots made this week's top hits @ singingwithbirds.com. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea..perfect for Mom's Day!

  11. I adore polka dots and what you have done here is absolutely beautiful. Love the hot pink fuchsia geranium with the Krylon Ivy Green. Krylon is my favorite (Bright Idea, Caramel Latte, Blue Ocean Breeze are tops on my list!) Now I can add Ivy Green to the list! Found you at House of Hepworths. So glad you shared.

  12. Super cute Jen!! Gotta love what a few polka-dots can do to make something so cute and cheery! Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse Party! I shared this on my FB page.

  13. absolutely perfect. i started a container garden this year so i have a lot of old boring pots that could use this treatment 🙂

  14. Cute and looks great! Never thought to do that, but surely I will now! Love the polkas and that green is awesome!
    good job!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. My daughter just bought a can of bright blue spray paint for a school project. I gonna hijack the can when she's done!!

  16. Very cute! I found you through a Diamond in the Stuff and really like your blog. Another idea is to use colored chalkboard paint on terra cotta pots because you can label them, like herbs and stuff. Thanks for an inspiring project!

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