If you’re looking to add a little POP of color to your patio or outdoor living space, this DIY Flower Pot Tutorial: Blue Top is perfect. It’s a quick and easy tutorial that gives new life to old or “tired” planters, and is very budget-friendly.
It’s also a fun, family project you can do with your kiddos. You don’t have to paint the flower pots perfectly, the pots will be for “outdoor” eyes only (LOL), and you don’t have to worry about them painting inside the house. Win-win!!
So, let’s get to it!
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DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL: BLUE TOP
To Do this Project for:
Zero $ – use what you have at home:
- use existing clay pots, resin planters or plastic flower pots
- use paint you already own
Little $$ – shop discount areas:
- buy sample paint, or “oops” paint: paint that you will brush on
- thrift store flower pots or garage sale planters
More $$$ – quick fix:
- buy blue spray paint
- buy flower pots or planters from hardware store
- only takes one full day (~24 hrs.) from start to finish to complete.
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DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL: BLUE TOP
- Flower Pot (s) – I used pots from my house, or use these resin 1, resin 2, resin 3
- Blue Paint – I used SW In The Navy – SW 9178, or use Navy Spray Paint, Blue Spray Paint
- Polyurethane – I used 1 can Rust Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint
- Painters Tape – here or here
- Foam Paint Brushes – here or here
- Plastic Floor Protector – here or here
- *Sand Paper – I used 150-grit *OPTIONAL* – here or here
***NOTE*** Just a heads up. When painted outdoor items get rained on, and then heated from the sun, their paint will peel or chip – eventually. It might be 2 yrs from now, it might be 6 months from now.
Kind of a No-Brainer – but just wanted to get that out there. 😉
Just paint “touch-up” areas where the paint come off (when that occurs). I have been using my “green top” planters for over 10 years, and I just do a little maintenance at the beginning of each spring.
7 STEPS TIMELINE:
STEP 1: SANDED AT 5 PM
STEP 2: TAPED AT 5:30PM
STEP 3: PAINTED 1ST COAT AT 6 PM
*** I let mine dry overnight***
STEP 4: PAINTED 2ND COAT AT 8 AM
STEP 5: SPRAYED 1ST TOP COAT AT 12 PM
STEP 6: SPRAYED 2ND TOP COAT AT 12:30 PM
STEP 7: REMOVED TAPE 3 PM
***I Planted flowers the same day – but that is up to you if you want to wait***
7 STEPS TUTORIAL
STEP 1: SAND *(This is optional – but recommended for resin pots).*
Gently sand the top portion ONLY of your flower pot – the (rim) area you will be painting. Wipe off your flower pot to clean off dust.
*** The planters that I used are made from a resin component, and I had previously painted them years ago green. So, I wanted to make sure that I sanded them down to remove a little of the old paint, and to help give the new paint something to grab on to.
***I did not sand them originally (first time I painted them green) & wish that I would have.
*** I painted some of my terra cotta clay pots years ago also, and did not sand those either.
Here they are below – after sanding.
STEP 2: TAPE LINE
Tape off the area you will be painting so that there is a straight line. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just try to have a clean line.
***TIP*** Use one long line of tape by just rolling your planter. Remember, if you’re using a clay pot be careful with this part. You don’t want to “crack” on break your pot.
***For SPRAY Painting Blue ONLY***
You will need to cover the bottom portion of your flower pot if using blue spray paint. Otherwise, you will cover the entire planter. Ha!
I didn’t take pictures before I painted mine, but it would look something like this. Then you can spray the top portion.
STEP 3: PAINT 1ST COAT
Put your plastic (or canvas) drop cloth down to make sure you don’t get any paint on the ground. Put your 1st coat of blue paint onto the top rim of your flower pot. I used a foam brush for mine.
If spray painting, make sure you are outside in a well ventilated area.
***Let dry at least 4 hours before painting 2nd coat***
Make sure to paint about 2-4 inches on the inside portion as well. This will help hide the “original” color of the pot, just in case your potting soil level doesn’t cover it.
**See after photos to see the inside portion completed**
Here it is with 1st coat completed. You can still see a little of the leftover “chipped” paint.
In the picture below, the left planter is showing the 1st coat with DRY paint, the right planter is showing the 1st coat with WET paint.
STEP 4: PAINT 2ND COAT
Repeat step 3 – making sure to cover all of the areas very well. If you notice some “spots” that you missed on the 1st coat, then just put a little thicker paint on those areas.
***Let dry at least 4 hours before putting polyurethane on.***
STEP 5: SPRAY POLYURETHANE – 1ST COAT
Do not skip this step- trust me on this!! Spray your top coat on – making sure to cover all areas.
I used clear GLOSS so it would look more like a ceramic pot and to highlight my blue color. I also placed a brick (or paver) in each planter so that they would not accidentally fall over when spraying.
These resin planters are not extremely heavy and wind gusts can knock them over. Just a fyi 🙂
***Let dry for 30 minutes.***
Here it is with the paver, and also showing how far down I painted the inside portion. I might have gone a little overboard on the inside, but better safe than sorry.
It only took ONE time for my old pot to show through AFTER I had already potted my plant, to know that I would NOT every make that mistake again. But I am kind of particular – I guess – HAHA!!
STEP 6: SPRAY POLY – 2ND COAT
Repeat this step. Let Dry 2-3 Hours.
STEP 7: TAPE REMOVAL
Remove your tape by pulling it in an upward direction. It should pull off easily – in one fluid motion if you used one long piece.
AFTER – Top View
AND YOU ARE DONE!!
NOW YOU CAN PLANT IN YOUR NEW PAINTED FLOWER POT!!
Use them individually to accent columns or seating areas, where you need a pop of color.
Or use them together to add a big pop of color.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!! LOVE & SUMMER HUGS 🙂
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