How to Restore Your Planter Pots
Give new life to your old planters

Do you have a collection of planter pots from your local nursery or hardware store’s greenhouse? Those typically aren’t the prettiest things out there and many times, the most affordable choices come in the most boring of colors! Or perhaps you’re sprucing up your patio and want your planters to match the new cushions. We're going to show you how easy it is to spruce up your old, unaesthetically pleasing pots with a bit of paint! The options are endless, from the colors to textures, so you’re sure to create something that matches your style.

Type of Paint for Planter Pots

The material of your pots is going to determine what type of paint will work best for you. Are your plant pots made of plastic, terracotta, or concrete? For plastic pots, we’re using spray paint. If you have terracotta or concrete planters, you will want to prime those first as they’re a porous material. Acrylic paint can be used on your terracotta pots, whereas you will want a paint specific for concrete. These may be labeled as masonry spray paints, or cement floor paint. If your planters are going to be outside, make sure the product you choose is rated for outdoor use, or pick up a sealant to add a protective layer.

Refinishing Planter Pots: Gather Supplies

How to Paint Your Plant Pots

Step 1: Clean the Pots

The first step is to get all the old dirt and debris off the pot. Use warm soapy water and a cloth. If there is some caked-on or stubborn dirt, a bristle brush can be used to remove it. Once everything has been cleaned and rinsed, let the pot dry before moving on to the next step.

Refinishing Planter Pots: Clean the Pots

Step 2: Apply Primer

If you’re refinishing plastic pots, you can skip this step! If you have terracotta pots or concrete planters, they will benefit from a coat of primer before applying any paint. These materials are porous, so adding primer will ensure the pores are filled in. This will also help the paint adhere to the surface better. Let the primer dry completely before painting.

Refinishing Planter Pots: Apply Primer

Step 3: Apply Paint

p>Now for the fun part! If you plan on adding elements like stripes to your design, you should mark those with some painter's tape before getting started. If you’re using spray paint, make sure you’re either outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Put down any drop clothes or newspapers to protect the surrounding surfaces. For our pot, we’re using a neat product that will give a stone-like surface. You may need a couple of coats of paint, so make sure to let each coat dry before applying the next one. If needed, add a sealer to the paint to help preserve the pot.

Refinishing Planter Pots: Apply Paint

Step 4: Add Drainage

Before we get to planting, it's important for your pots to have good drainage. If water doesn’t drain from your pots, it can lead to mildew or root rot, which will kill your plants. Gravel is a common item to add to the bottom of planters, but that can add excess weight if you need to move things around. We discovered a way to lighten that load while repurposing some other material! If you have old pool noodles or pipe insulation, they’re a lightweight option to line the bottom of your pots with! Just cut them down to size and add a layer where you’d normally have gravel.

Refinishing Planter Pots: Add Drainage

Step 5: Plant

Now that your pots have been cleaned up and have a fresh coat of paint, it’s time to add some flowers! Select a potting mix that is appropriate for the plants you’re using, ensuring it has the right mixture of nutrients. Gently remove the plant from its current container and break up the ball root to loosen the old dirt. Set your plant into the new planter and add more soil around the plant to secure it in place. Give it a drink of water and enjoy your freshly updated planters!

Refinishing Planter Pots: Add Plants

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