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Pots of All Stripes

Martha Stewart Living, February 2008

Here's an easy way to give new life to old terra-cotta pots you have around the shed: Paint them to create coordinating stripes. Using masking tape in various widths, mark a simple striped design on the pot. In a well-ventilated area, spray the exterior and the rim (and any accompanying saucers) with weatherproof spray paint; let dry completely. Peel off tape.

Comments (10)

  • Beach Bum 14 Aug, 2012

    The taper in the pots makes it far more difficult than it looks. Masking tape does NOT make a straight line on a pot. You're better off to use a lazy Susan and draw a line with a pencil resting on something that is the height you want.. Taping may work once you have a reference line. Another way to do it is to form a cylinder out of newspaper that is the same diameter as the pot where you want a line. Start at the top of the pot and move and resize the cylinder as you move down.

  • dmatthster55 12 Apr, 2010

    At the garden center I go to, they always have different sizes of terra-cotta pots on the clearance wagon. I grab them up for less than half price. I'm doing this application on them today. Can't wait! What a great idea!

  • LavendarLady 10 Jul, 2009

    or around the sides........................

  • diva_nj 10 Jul, 2009

    Just don't paint or seal the bottom.........

  • LavendarLady 10 Jul, 2009

    Just be advised that painting the clay pot removes the characteristics of clay pots (porousness, breathing, water release).

  • 812SAL 10 Jul, 2009

    What a great idea...I have so many clay pots..this is a good way to "fancy" them up a bit.

  • shasta1 10 Jul, 2009

    It is probably a brand like "Krylon" which is and indoor/outdoor spray paint. I have used this on my ceramic pots and it works nicely.

  • 2newfies 10 Jul, 2009

    Love it - but what brands are weatherproof spray paint? I love the colors above, what are they? Thanks!

  • dvanguilder 24 Jul, 2008

    Love it!!

  • newmangal 12 Feb, 2008

    Easy and cute... a great way to spice up terra-cotta pots!