Refinishing Old Flower Pots

By: Handan and Greg Navage from
Refinishing Old Flower Pots
Refinishing Old Flower Pots
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From the Blogger: "Keeping an herb garden or potted flowers is a great way to keep summer close at hand. Where I was raised, along the Aegean coast in western Turkey, we always kept pots of basil on our window sills. I wanted to recreate that feel here in America, so I decided to transform some old terra cotta (and plastic) planters into Aegean-inspired herb pots. Learn how you can breathe new life into plain old terra cotta pots by refinishing them with chalk paint, stencils, jute and metal embellishments."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePainting


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Wow what a great job the blogger did refinishing her old flower pots with chalk paint, jute rope and embellishments. Mine are pretty shabby and I was going to replace mine but they are in good shape all except the look. Great way to save money and she even did the plasic ones too. I will be painting mine. Anyone else?

I have quite a few old terra cotta and ugly plastic planters that could use a makeover. Great idea to use chalk paint and stencil a design on old planters to give them an updated look. There are even instructions for how to make homemade chalk paint. Nice easy project, I will give it a try.

I love this idea, sometimes your terra cotta pots can look like they have seen better days, or maybe you got a good deal on the, at a flea market or garage sales, and they need some TLC. This would work great and could be painted a color to match your decor or garden theme. For more whimsy add some sea shells to the edges or colorful buttons! Fun and creative idea, and always good to upcycle and preserve good clay planters and pots! Thanks for sharing!


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