I have a lot of plants on my apartment balcony, mostly succulents because up until about a year ago I was a notorious plant killer. (RIP to my old herb garden.) Succulents I’ve found to be much easier to take care of (as well as cheaper) and just as cute. I buy all of my succulents at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for a dollar a piece (if you are reading this and have paid $5 or $6 for a succulent before you have been HAD) and stick to the generic terracotta pots at Lowe’s for planting them because, you guessed it, they are cheap.
I love terracotta not only for the price point but also because they can be a little boho, a little rustic and a little more natural looking. But after months and months of staring at the boring reddish brown color I decided to change it up a bit and paint them. I went back to Lowe’s while they were having a buy one get one paint sample sale and pulled a bunch that I loved. I was really feeling the blue and pink vibe (thank you Pantone colors of the year) so that’s what I ended up going with.
THINGS YOU NEED
- Tiny cans of paint samples (I got mine at Lowe’s)
- Paint primer
- Paint brushes
- Painters tape (optional)
- Terracotta pots
Now a little note on terracotta, it is SUPER absorbent so if you’re planning on painting it I highly suggest a primer. I had an entire can of primer leftover from when I painted my bookshelves so I lucked out on not having to buy any for this project. Some tutorials online tell you to soak your pots in water before painting but since my plants were already in the pots I didn’t have that option. I ended up doing one coat of primer and two coats of paint on each pot and they haven’t chipped or lost their color. I also decided to take a more “free form” approach to painting in that I didn’t use any painters tape (in part because the painting angles I could take with the pots were limited because of the plants already being in them) but if you’re looking for a more precise design on your pots I highly recommend buying a roll of that blue tape.
There is no right or wrong way to paint designs on your pots, choose whatever colors are calling to you and have fun with it!
(PS not pictured are my hands, legs and feet that had paint marks on them for the following three days because I make a mess when I paint. Make sure to wear clothes you’re comfortable getting a little dirty in.)