Painted terracotta pots with chalkboard paint labels
March 29, 2012 § 16 Comments
Ever since the beginning of this year I have decided to try my hand at a number of homemade things in an effort to save money. One project I have very much been looking forward to is trying my hand at planting herbs and vegetables. I have never planted before, so I decided to start small with a few herbs and cherry tomatoes. Even though it isn’t much, I know it will save us some cash in the long run. Because we hope to be moving in closer to the city this summer or early fall, I want to be able to bring my plants with me…therefore container planting seems to be the way to go. I decided to paint some terracotta pots to pretty them up a bit!
What I used
- Leftover house paint (I started off with yellow, but I decided I didn’t like it, so later mixed other paints to make a nice minty color)
- Thompson’s Water Seal* (this can be found at Lowes for about $5)
- Chalk paint (0.69)
- Terracotta pots (I got these at Michael’s using a 40% off coupon…making it 4.79 for the two of them)
- A paintbrush
1. Spray the interior of the pots with a coat or two of Thompson’s water seal. This ensures the paint on the outside won’t be ruined from the absorbent clay.
2. Wipe down the pot with a damp rag to ensure the pot is completely free of dirt and dust (and price label).
3. Paint the pot with a thick coat of paint.
4. Paint the inside rim, where the dirt won’t cover.
5. Get some chalkboard paint (a little bottle can be found in most craft stores), along with a paint brush and some painters tape (didn’t realize I wanted it until after I took the photo).
6. Tape the guidelines. If you are a perfectionist, measure away…I just eyeballed it.
7. Fill in the guidelines with the chalkboard paint.
8. Let the paint dry completely, then remove the tape. Get out some chalk and label it up! Two adorable painted pots with a labels, all for about $12, seeds included.
I think having these plants will save us more than $12 this summer, so I consider it a worthy investment (not to mention reusing the pots each year)!
P.S. I have since added soil and planted my seeds. I have little basil plant sprouts, but the parsley hasn’t showed up yet. I hope it makes it!
*Note: Some concern has been brought to my attention that the water sealer (more specifically the chemicals in the water sealer) may not be best used on pots that will have edible plants in them. I am researching this now (I sent an email to the manufacturer) and will update you as I get more information. Either way, I am sure that it would still be fine for flowers and other non-edible plants, so paint away!