How to Transform an Old Flower Pot and Make it Pretty Again


 How to transform an old flower pot and make it pretty again

What do you do with those old pots lying around or when your neighbor throws away a once expensive and usable pot, that looks like it’s seen better days? Paint and stain it!! How pretty is this one? I love it. This particular pot that my neighbor was discarding is made out of fiberglass and is not one of those heavy ceramic or terra-cotta pots. I do not know how this process would work on a ceramic pot unless you seal it first. You would need to seal the inside of those kinds of pots with an acrylic sealer and as an outer top coat once you’re finished painting it. In that instance, make sure the inside cures for 48 hours before adding wet soil. 😉

You can find acrylic sealer in spray paint form at stores like Walmart, Michaels, JoAnne’s , etc.

This is a really fun weekend or Summer project to do with kids too. What kid doesn’t love to paint?


I used Elegant metallic paint (Copper Penny is the actual color’s name) I found JoAnne’s for $6.99.

Copper Paint

If you don’t live near a JoAnne’s either buy it from their website or check out Amazon. They sell other colors like silver and gold from this line on Amazon for $11.06 for a 10 ounce jar, just not this particular color. Amazon does sell another brand of this color metallic paint but it’s more expensive. Lowes sells a Martha Stewart brand metallic paint but has a really long drying time, therefore I won’t recommend it.

Then I used Minwax black wood finish stain in the color Ebony. It did not have a high gloss shine to it because I wanted it to look old.  I bought that at my local Menards hardware store for under $4.

You will need a :

  • Jar of metallic paint
  •  black stain
  • 2 paintbrushes (you can use a foam brush)
  • rubber gloves
  •  2 rags – one lint free

Wanna do one too? Here’s how:

  1. Wipe down the pot of any debris
  2. Paint the pot with the metallic paint of your choice, making sure to paint a good 2 inches down the inside top too. This keeps the color anyone will see, fluid and uniformed with the outside of the pot.
  3. After paint is dry, put on some rubber gloves. Take a clean paint/foam brush and dip it into the stain.
  4. Paint an entire section not forgetting to get it into all the grooves and pits. Then gently wipe it off with a clean rag, carefully leaving behind some stain.
  5. Leave as much stain remaining as you like to achieve the “old world” style you want.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Add dirt and flowers and Voila! You have a NEW flower-pot for a lot cheaper than buying a new one.

How easy is THAT? Super easy!

Keep your eyes peeled at Garage sales too…you never know what you’ll find or what people will want to get rid of for free!

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