Get cre­ative and re­vive old pots with a lick of paint.

Feel­ing cre­ative? Give your old pots new life with a lick of paint.

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IF YOU’VE AS­SEM­BLED a col­lec­tion of odd ter­ra­cotta pots over the years, or vis­ited a garage sale and bought an in­stant as­sort­ment, there’s no need to have them look­ing like liquorice all­sorts for­ever. A quick paint job will help con­ceal mi­nor cracks and chips and freshen them up for Spring.

The range of out­door paints is vast. There are some great metal­lic fin­ishes avail­able, which can be painted over and left out­doors to weather. Re­sene Paints has lime­wash fin­ishes that can add a touch of the Mediter­ranean to the most subur­ban gar­den, or you can use brightly coloured fin­ishes such as the Wat­tyl So­la­gard Nat­u­ral Stone Fin­ish paint used here. All look fab­u­lous and will trans­form a hodge­podge col­lec­tion into a stylish en­sem­ble. Then all you have to do is fill the pots with your choice of pretty flow­ers, fra­grant herbs or stun­ning suc­cu­lents.

YOU WILL NEED SCRUB­BING BRUSH, ABOUT $5 FROM BUN­NINGS; BLEACH, ABOUT $1.2O PER LITRE FROM

THE SU­PER­MAR­KET; CLEAN RAG; PAINT­BRUSH, ABOUT $2.70, FROM MITRE 10; WAT­TYL SO­LA­GARD NAT­U­RAL STONE FIN­ISH PAINT, $69 FOR 4 LITRES, FROM PAINT PLACE; MIN­ERAL TURPENTINE, ABOUT $4 A LITRE, FROM BIG W

STEP 1 Wash your pots. If mouldy, scrub them with a lit­tle bleach and wa­ter. STEP 2 Dry off ex­cess wa­ter with a rag. Pots don’t have to be bone dry – in fact, paint dries too fast on ter­ra­cotta if there’s zero mois­ture.

STEP 3 Ap­ply your out­door paint of choice (fol­low the di­rec­tions on the tin). STEP 4 Clean the paint­brush with min­eral turpentine (for oil-based paint) or wa­ter (for wa­ter-based paint).

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