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Refinishing Old Flower Pots

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I may not have a green thumb when it comes to keeping houseplants and flowers, but like all Turks, I love growing herbs around the house. From spring through summer, we Turks fill our balconies, terraces and tables with mint and globe basil. In Western Turkey, along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, you will find potted herbs growing almost everywhere you look: houses, offices, restaurants and bars. Not only do they look and smell nice, but the globe basil especially keeps mosquitoes at bay.

Each year around this time, I start filling our deck with potted herbs, so I can be reminded of my homeland. But this year the weather is a bit late to reach normal Spring temperatures, so I thought I could use my time prettying my plain-Jane flower pots. As I couldn’t wait to start my little project, I forgot to take before pictures of all. But thankfully I remembered to take the before picture of the small pot 🙂

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Last year I found one plastic and four terracotta pots at Put & Take. I refinished one of the terracotta pots and the plastic one last summer but didn’t have time to refinish the other three. As I wanted all the pots look like a set, I decided to go with the same aqua hue that I used last year. If you would like to use it in any of your projects, the color code is shown below. Oh, before I forget, this is my own custom color mixture, but I haven’t yet named it, so I am open to any suggestions! 🙂

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After preparing my homemade chalk paint in this aqua hue, I washed the pots of dirt and debris and let them dry. Once they were dry and ready for painting, I started brush painting with a half loaded chip brush. While I didn’t cover all the surface with paint, I also didn’t choose dry-brushing because I wanted some areas to get covered almost solidly to achieve that random distressed look I was going for.

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With this last pot, I happened to brush it more than I should, so it ended up looking almost fully painted. As I was going for a distressed look, I had to remove the excess paint with what I call “rubbing” technique. It is basically rubbing the chalk paint off the surface with a damp cloth. When distressing like this, I prefer using either a medium to heavy duty scouring pad, or an old towel, or cheesecloth, depending on how thick the entire painted layer is.

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Another note on the rubbing technique: while I distress normal wooden furniture with 320 grit sand paper, I usually prefer the rubbing method when I am working on ornate frames or ornate furniture. I find this method easier than sanding when it comes to those intricate ornate parts. I also use the rubbing method when I paint plastic or resin, because sandpaper can easily eat through the paint (including the original paint on your item) and before you know it, you end up with the ugly plastic or raw resin showing through.

As the painting and distressing was completed, it was time to pretty up the pots with different embellishments. For the small one I chose a braided rope ribbon that I bought at Hobby Lobby. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby close by you can use this similar one on Amazon.

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I prepared two little bows with this ribbon.

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Next, I cut another piece long enough to cover the circumference of the pot and hot glued it on. Then I hot glued the bows on the surrounding ribbon in a way to have them sit opposite each other. With the braided ribbon, the small flower pot had a slight cozy coastal feel to it which I like and find really cute. But with other ones, I wanted to achieve a bit more feminine and elegant appearance, so I decided to stencil them and add some metal filigrees.

Using metal with flower pots may not seem to be the perfect idea since metal can rust, but coating the metal with exterior-type or oil-based clear coating will solve that problem. To prevent the metal filigrees from rusting, I sprayed them with two coats of clear protective coat.

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Once the clear coat was dry, using E6000, I glued half pearls in the center of the metal filigrees and put them aside for the glue to dry.

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Meanwhile, I started on the stenciling process. I prepared my stencil designs and cut the stencils on a re-positionable adhesive backed vinyl using my Cricut, and I placed the stencils on the pots with the help of transfer tape.

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Next I mixed some red, orange, light brown and dark brown acrylic paints to achieve the terracotta color of my pots, and I stenciled the patterns on the pots.

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As I wanted to achieve a distressed look, I didn’t fill in the stencil with paint entirely, but instead I stenciled by dabbing the brush so the pattern would look painted uniformly. Where the paint on the pattern looked uniform, I slightly distressed it with 320 grit sandpaper.

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Before gluing the metal embellishments, I applied two layers of this protective coat on the painted and stenciled pots. Once the protective coat dried, I used E6000 to glue the metal embellishments.

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As my pots were finished, it was time to plant some herbs. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any globe basil or mint in Home Depot or in our local nursery. I think the weather is not yet warm enough to have a good selection of potted herbs. But I was lucky enough to find some thyme, Thai basil and lemon balm, so I planted those in my refinished pots for now.

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To improve drainage, I use packing peanuts to fill the bottom of the pot. Some use rocks but as packing peanuts have no weight, it eases my life when carrying the pots from here to there. Of course with these small pots, it doesn’t really matter what you use, but when planting big urns, it might be a good hint to keep in mind 😉

Here are my jewels!..

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…and my pots are not bad either!

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As usual some close-up pictures, so you can see the details better.

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I can’t wait to show our deck to you in the summer: I line up these beauties next to each other at the corner of our deck, and in the evening breeze it feels like heaven with all that beautiful scent in the air.

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And here they are, all together, including the ones I did last year. Having them all the same color helps displaying them as a set, but the different finishing details breaks the monotony.

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I hope you liked my jewels and their new pots. Since the topic is on jewels you may want to see what I did with this cabinet door sample.

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Handan, xo

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  1. wow handan, i am old and i wish you could paint me up and make me look as good as the pots love them xx

  2. Hi, Handan!! I stop by from #homemade and handcrafter to tell you I fell in love with your flower pots!! I love all of them, all the details and the color! Simply beautiful!

    I would like to invite you to share with us at our new Sweet Inspiration Party so others can be inspired. It is live every Friday at 3pm UTC.

    Hugs,

    Pili

    1. Hello Pili! Thank you so much for visiting and that is fantastic news. I will definitely join your Sweet Inspiration Party too!!

      Believe it or not, just this week I learned how to join Link Up parties… Though I had to go through quite a bit of trial and errors, I finally understood that it wasn’t rocket science, but I wish someone made a tutorial about Link Up Parties…hahaha… Now next step is how to show the buttons of the ones I join =)

      Have a great day! xx

        1. The post you referred was extremely helpful! Really, thank you so very much for that Pili!!.. and I also loved the emoticons she had under her posts. What a brilliant idea for the shy ones like me. It takes the pressure off thinking how to comment without making spelling mistakes and misusing the words. lol. Now I have to find how to do that on our blog as it would be helpful for our foreign readers 😉
          Thank you so much once again and have a great week! x

  3. Oh how I need this!! I love this!! I just bought some cheap flower pots and this would be perfect to beautify them! Would love to see you at my craft party which is new Thursdays at 7pm EST. Have a great rest of the week!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting us, Denise! I just discovered how to join the link parties. I was telling Greg the other day that there are no tutorials on how to join the link parties and I wish some one did such a tutorial lol. I would love to join your craft party 🙂
      You too have great week!

  4. Visiting again from the Craft Frenzy Party – can you tell I’m drawn to your work! LOVE what you did with these terracotta pots – so pretty. I love your creativity and style – your newest follower! Pinning these also to share ☺

    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Marie!
      Same feelings here 🙂 I love all your work and keep pinning from your blog with my little notes to myself: “Her styling is so good, study it!” “Oh I love this, should make one for our yard!” “how organized her crafts room, love love LOVE!” 😀

    1. Thank you very much, Audra! Yes that one is so cute and I love Greek motives. That is why I didn’t want to over do it and just used simple ribbon around it. =)

  5. Handan, I love, love these flower pots!! The color is perfect, maybe that’s what you should call it “perfection” 🙂 All the details that you put into making these pots beautiful is awesome!! I can’t wait to see what you do with the cabinet door! Thanks for linking up at Sweet Inspiration!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Keri and also thank you for hosting this great party! You are the first to come with a color name suggestion and I think I will cal it “perfection”!! =)

  6. Love these. They came out great! I just wanted to let you that you’re my pick for this week’s featured post. You can view it this Tuesday. Thanks for participating with Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party. Hope to see you again, this week.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah-Ann! Oh I am so humbled I don’t know what to say! I will definitely visit on Tuesday and surely I will become a regular on Wonderful Wednesday Link Party =)

  7. I love your flower pots and will surely use your creativity to inspire me. You mentioned in the Hometalk comments about the sealer you used before but the Amazon link did not work for me. Do you mind telling me the name of the sealer you have used in the past with great success? Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

    1. Hello Marjie,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. The sealer I used last year was this:
      http://amzn.to/1NglvIy
      Please keep in mind Modern Masters is a little bit more expensive than other exterior sealers. But the finish is great. It is flat (in fact dead flat) therefore looks fantastic with chalk paint and the protection is top notch. Although 2 coats is more than enough I like my pots having that extra protection so I apply it as 3 coats, and I use it even for the interior projects as it gives additional protection for interior pieces.
      I hope this info will help =)
      Have a great weekend!

  8. Really lovely! I guess growing herbs is something common to many of the Meditteranean countries, as my husband’s Moroccan family also grows herbs but generally concentrates on those that smell great and can be used in tea such as mint, lemon verbena, and another one whose name I’ve forgotten. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, great to meet you and hope you’ll continue to join the party!

    1. Oh yes definitely! Mediterranean people love using fresh herbs in their teas, salads, and meals. In the hot but slightly breezy summer nights having that divine scent in the air is priceless =)
      Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for hosting such a great party!! I am planing to become a regular =)

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Christine! I am so humbled reading all these beautiful words from inspiring bloggers 🙂
      Also thank you so much for hosting such a great party. I will definitely become a regular! xx

  9. I absolutely love the color you had mixed up for these, and the embellishments are like the icing on the cake! The different accessories really make them all special as well. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  10. Your color mixture is awesome. All of your pots turned out beautiful. It shows that you took your time and did a great job. I wish we had a Put and Take spot! How cool is that!! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Pinning and sharing on my G+ today.

  11. Beautiful! I’m a newbie gardener (I don’t know if I can even say that!), but I’m definitely going to try this out on a mini pot and see how it turns out. If it does maybe I’ll give the big pots a go! Pinning, stumbling and tweeting this. Happy Tuesday!

  12. What a great little project!! I have many pots that could use a makeover!! I’m glad you joined the party…love your ideas! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  13. Thank for you for an awesome tutorial and for linking up this week at the Happiness is Homemade Linky Party. Your post will be featured on this coming Sunday’s post. Thank you and have a great week!

  14. Love-love-love these fabulous blue pots! They would look awesome on my newly made over front porch!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Hope to see you again tomorrow morning. The party begins at 6:00am EST.

  15. What gorgeous plant pots. I absolutely love the turquoise color you chose. I lived in Turkey as a child and it reminds me of the faded turquoise window frames we’d see in the country. (Is that what you were going for?) How about naming your paint color Türkiye blue? Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

    1. Thank you, Susan! Yes, I love that color and I remember it from my youth. Always when I mix colors like these, it reminds me of my childhood days on the Aegean Sea. Türkiye Blue is a great name! Or maybe Türkiye Mavisi? 😉 I can’t thank you enough for featuring me in this week’s link party! Çok teşekkür ederim!

  16. These are super cute! I love the color you chose. I have a bunch of old rag tag pots that need a little pick me up! Plus an idea for an herb garden that is just waiting for me to get started working on it. Thanks for sharing this with us at the #happynowlinkup.

  17. You are so creative and live life to the fullest (I think). Thank you for sharing your ideas and instructions. I hope so much that I can come close to replicating them.

    1. Thank you so much for your heart-warming words, Donna! Yes, I try to live life to the fullest…especially after working/living in a war zone (Afghanistan) for a year. That, in a way, taught both Greg and I that as long as we are in good health, nothing else matters in life, and that we should enjoy and be thankful for every breath we take.
      I am sure you will do even better with your pots than I did. Please do send a picture or two when you finish them (to handan@thenavagepatch.com) as I would love to see your finished project =)

  18. These are gorgeous! I just happen to have a few pots laying around that I am definitely going to use this idea on. And thanks for sharing the color; it will go well with my other garden decor. Looks like summer ice–I love using such a cool color for the warm summer. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for visiting us, KT! Oh I couldn’t agree more with preference of cool colors for summers. Greens, blues and whites are definitely my favorite colors for summer as I find them incredibly refreshing 🙂

  19. I love these! All of the these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing the techniques you used and for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. I’ll be featuring this at today’s Snickerdoodle Sunday Party. Hope to see you there.

  20. Your pots turned out so pretty. I love them. I have a serious black thumb, but I have kept a mint plant alive for a whole year. I’m so excited. I love it in my water with some lemon. Yum. Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Lol… Yes that is exactly how I am with flowers or house plants. Only with herbs and vegetables I seem to have better luck. I guess it is because we use them a lot (for cooking, for salads etc) and having a mutual benefit helps me remembering to water them 🙂 With flowers and house plants they are only there to look nice for a while and that is not much of a benefit for me nor for my tummy 🙂
      I will definitely become a regular on your party. Thank you for hosting such a great party!!

  21. Very pretty flower pots. Love the addition of the filaments. Interesting tidbit about adding packing peanuts to pots. Had never thought about that, esp. as I struggle to move big ole flower pots! Visiting from Snickerdoodle Sundays.

  22. I love your flower pots, they turned out beautiful. I really like the color that you chose, and how you distressed them. The stenciling and emblems are a nice touch. I will have to give this a try on some of my pots. Need some basil to for mosquitos. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Oh wow Handan, these turned out so beautiful! This is something I think I will try to put on the deck we are currently building, I just hope I can keep whatever I put inside alive. I’m not very good with all of that….(HA!)

    1. Thank you so much, Rose! I am not that good with house plants and flowers but with herbs and vegetables I seem to have luck. I guess it is because they are stronger and less fussier than the house plants. Once they are planted all they need is water every other day or third day and that is all about it. 🙂

  24. Hi Handan & Greg! How lovely of you to join us at the Thriving on Thursdays linky party last week. Oh my goodness. Your makeover is just gorgeous. I’m so used to use painting old (or new) pots with one colour but I so love this finish. I’d hate to think how much something like this would cost new. Thanks for sharing it at the Linky party. I’m featuring this post tomorrow. Hope to see you guys again.

    Anne @ Domesblissity (Australia)

  25. Wow I love this idea! I really need to refinish my herb pots! I love what you created. Thanks for linking this post up for the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party! I selected your post to be featured in today’s Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!

    1. Hello Donna, I would say no it wouldn’t last outside if it didn’t have any protective coat on it. It is because chalk paint is porous. Hence it will take in water and that will in time show patina, meaning that paint will start peeling or cracking (in CT winters one winter is enough for it). But if that is the look you would want to go for then it is a great thing. If it is not then for outside pieces you would need to protect it with a outdoors protective coat.
      Now that said, in CT winters are pretty harsh. So in CA let’s say it would last more winters. So it really depends on how much weather force the piece will be facing.

  26. Thanks for your prompt reply. I live in Alabama. What is your recommedation for a protective coating? I can’t wait to start on your project, chalk paint on terra cotta pots. I was thinking about using 2 paints, a gray and a white. I wasn’t sure which one to apply first. Do you have any thoughts on that? If I can get 1 or 2 successes behind me, I’ll be okay. Thanks!!

    1. Hello Donna,
      Go ahead and paint your pots first. If you want to have your pots gray color and white showing underneath then paint them white first, then paint them gray. If you happen to apply too much gray you can always distress with a damp rag and show the white underneath. Or if you want white pots but gray showing underneath then first paint them gray, then white, followed by distressing again.
      Since your choice is chalk paint I am assuming you would want a matte finish. And I am again assuming in winters you will be dealing with rain only. If you won’t be leaving your pots outside in the winter time and want them to have a bit more distressed look in time then don’t apply anything over the paint. But make sure you let the paint cure for 2-3 days before planting anything in the pots. Giving that 2-3 days will help with paint’s durability. If you will be leaving your pots outside in the winter time and don’t want your pots to get more distressed in time, then I recommend applying two coats of MM Exterior Dead Flat Finish.
      I am giving you the link to the exterior flat finish below so you can check it and read the reviews yourself. I love using it with chalk paint especially, because it dries so flat that it will look as if you applied nothing on the paint. Protection wise it is in the same level with other well known brands, if not better 😉
      http://amzn.to/1OAClNK
      I hope this helps. When you finish your project please don’t forget to send a picture to us as we would love to see it! I am sure they will turn out so beautiful!! 🙂

    1. Hi Donna, yes you can and without any issues. Put it this way: even glass (which has a very smooth surface) can be painted with chalk paint. 🙂

  27. These pots are the cutest! I love projects that take something from drab to fab! Thank you for linking up to Talk DIY to Me! I hope you enjoy the party and come back next Tuesday to party all over again!

    1. I love the fact that not only you have a party theme every week but you are actually informing others of the next week’s theme. I love it and I think that is brilliant idea! But regardless of having projects that meets the weekly theme or not I will definitely be a regular at your party 😉

  28. I LOVE this SO much! Thank you for linking it up at The Creative Corner Link Up! I’ll be featuring you tonight! Pop over and check it out 🙂 I’ll be pinning this project also to my DIY Pinterest Board! Love it! Maria. x

  29. What a great job! You make it look easy but I’m not sure I’m very creative. Thanks for sharing this and the beautiful images with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I’ve pinned and shared.

  30. So pretty! I love the colors. Makes me want to go out and get some terracotta pots just to do this to them. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!