Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY - Fresh Painted Terracotta Pots

With a rainy old weekend in Sydney, I dropped in to my local Bunnings Hardware to get inspiration for a quick DIY that would keep me busy and out of the drenching weather. I have been very into indoor plants lately, so I was on the look out for some pots that could do with a bit of a makeover.

As I am on a budget, I settled on four 6" diameter terracotta pots, to use as a blank canvas, a can of Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry in Flat White, to quickly and easily do a base coat, and a small bag of white stones.

While there I decided I would use these for a little windowsill herb garden so ducked out into the rain to grab some rosemary, chives, parsley and thyme.

Back home I went, armed with my little bag of goodies. The next few hours were a process of trial and error as I had a serious problem making a decision on which pattern I wanted to use. I settled on a simple, geometric design with subtle greys and pops of colour in yellow and  orange.

Here are the steps I used to create the pots:

1. To begin with, I sprayed the pots (making sure to use gloves and a plastic drop sheet, the spray can go everywhere when you're doing it on a windy balcony!) and left them to dry.

2. I then chose my design to paint over the white base, I did this with some small pots of enamel paint I had laying around. Head down to your local hardware store and they will have a large range to choose from.

3. The easiest and most striking way to create a modern design involving blocking colours, is with two diagonal pieces of sticky tape stuck on the pot and then paint between the bits of tape, being sure to paint the lip and the top of the inside of the pot too.

4. Pull the sticky tape off, leave to dry and voila! THAT'S IT!!

This whole process, including potting the herbs took less than a day and all together (plants as well) cost me under $30. This is great value considering I spent $15 last week on pre-packaged herbs from the store!

Which other patterns would you like to try on the pots? If you give it a go, I'd love to see the pictures, just tag me on Twitter @sarahmaymorris

Have fun DIY-ing and try to stay out of the rain,

Sarah x

P.S. Make sure you check out my DIY - The Best Way to Grow Herbs Indoors if you want to grow some windowsill goodness!


  1. Ah OMG I love this gonna try to!!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

    1. Thanks Ali, let me know how you go with it! Sarah


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