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Updated Terra-Cotta Pots




Dark clay vessels are a hot garden trend right now, but you don’t have to buy new pots to get the artisanal look. Instead, update your run-of-the-mill terra-cotta with a quick and easy paint job. Simply wipe the pots clean, and apply two coats of chestnut-brown acrylic paint to the interior and exterior, letting the paint dry completely between coats.


Multisurface satin acrylic craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Vanilla Bean,


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Reviews (5)

  • wilfong 28 May, 2013

    I thought it was necessary to seal the outside of the pot before painting?

  • Antiki 28 May, 2013

    If you look at my albums on my fb page, (would e-mail it), you will see I have been doing this for a long time. I coat the pots with a grey/stone looking craft paint, then paint birds, flowers, or letters on them. I usually paint the rim the color of the bird or letters. They are beautiful and 12" pots are the best size!

  • jeancham56 28 May, 2013

    I was thinking the very same thought as marrose12, but many flower pots are sealed.
    I love the color of this pot!

  • marrose12 28 May, 2013

    I thought that painting both the inside and outside of terra cotta pots would ruin the purpose of terra cotta and it's ability to absorb water for the plants inside them!! Am I wrong?

  • jnokleby 26 May, 2013

    Burpee has the seed for this as well as many established green houses. They call this 'the SENSITIVE PLANT". I have bought these for years for the grandchildren before school was out, replanted them and they would take them to school as the last week of fun.