Get creative and revive old pots with a lick of paint.
Feeling creative? Give your old pots new life with a lick of paint.
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).