How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

We have a number of terracotta garden pots floating around the garden which we inherited from the previous owner. They are in very good condition and have some really sweet detail. However, I have to admit I’m a bit tired of the terracotta colour. Perhaps they resemble the brick in our house too closely, and therefore our side garden is starting to look a bit “orange” and overwhelming. I have been hearing a lot about the wonders of Chalk Paint lately and I am very curious. It seems you can paint just about anything with it … so why not garden pots! Today I thought I would share how to paint a garden pot using chalk paint.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

Chalk paint was created by Annie Sloan and is very porous.  It can be used indoors or outside and on just about any surface … from wood to metal, and matt plastic to terracotta. Very little preparation is required before painting, such as sanding or priming. Chalk paint has quite a matte (chalky) finish, but you receive luster by buffing with wax.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

Step 1 – Cleaning: Clean the pot to remove dirt and allow to dry thoroughly.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

I just used a scrubbing brush and the garden hose to clean and remove dirt.

Step 2 – Painting: Apply a coat of chalk paint and leave to dry. I applied two coats of paint as the terracotta colour was showing through the first coat.  This also ensured I got into all the little nooks and crannies.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

I choose Annie Sloan chalk paint “Graphite” as a nice contrast.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk PaintI modified my paint brush by trimming an old architrave brush with a pair of scissors … the thickness of the brush allowed me to get into all the detail of the pot.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

After two coats of paint, no terracotta colour was showing. However, the finish was very dull and heavy looking … therefore on to step 3 – sanding.

Step 3 – Sanding: Allow the final coat of paint to dry thoroughly. Sand with a fine grit sandpaper (210 grade). I use a sanding sponge which seemed to work really well to get in the grooves. I sanded the corners and edges to create a distressed, weathered look. Stop sanding once you are happy with the look.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

The fine sandpaper smooths out the paint and makes it look silvery grey, rather like pencil marks.

And that’s it! I didn’t use any wax. The pot has a lovely soft matte finish, and a great rustic, weathered look. I love the colour of it against the bricks of the house.

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

This is a very simple project and the finished product looks fantastic. I have a couple of other similar pots which I think I will paint next to tie them all in together

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

I have left the pot outside in the rain and it stills looks great … however I haven’t tested it for a long period of time. But I guess I am going for the weathered look … right!

Any tips on using chalk paint you’d like to share?

What techniques have you used to makeover a garden pot?

How to Paint a Garden Pot using Chalk Paint

Inspiration for this garden pot makeover came from: Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 Step-by-step Ways to Makeover Your Home for Next to Nothing by Annie Sloan

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