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How To Paint Terracotta Pots Step by Step

Do-it-yourself is in vogue. It is gaining followers all over the world and is having a greater impact than ever before in the field of decoration. More and more people are looking for information on the Internet to learn crafts or turn a hobby into a personal undertaking. If you like plants, we tell you how to paint terracotta pots and renovate a corner of your home.

How To Paint Terracotta Pots Step By Step

The first thing is to gather the materials you will need.


Terracotta pot.

Lacquer, sealer, or varnish.

White paint.

Acrylic paint of various colors.

Fine sandpaper.

Wet cloth and dry cloth.



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Step by Step:

Clean the terracotta pot with a damp cloth or wash it and let it dry well.

If it has imperfections, you can pass it on soft sandpaper to even it out and then a dry cloth to remove the dust.

Then seal the pores and waterproof the interior. If not, every time you irrigate the plant the humidity will go outside and it will ruin the paint and the drawings you made.

For this step, use sealer, varnish, lacquer. You have to pass at least 2 coats, letting dry well between each coat.

Also, seal the pores of the external face with a coat of lacquer or varnish.

If it is for decoration you do not need to waterproof it inside, but if you are going to put a plant do not skip this important step.

Acrylic Painted Pots

Once waterproofed inside and out, paint a coat of white acrylic paint on the outside.

Then, paint the inside with colored acrylic paint. One coat.

You can highlight the edge by painting it with another color. It looks very nice.

Then, with brushes of different sizes, you can draw moles, stripes, or the drawings you like best. You can search for different drawing molds on the Internet. When you are done, let them dry well.

To finish, varnish or pass a coat of lacquer to waterproof the drawings. It will give a more shiny and delicate finish. Advice: when you pass the last layer of varnish or lacquer for the exterior make sure that the painting and the drawings are well dry.

And also check that it is well dried and aired both outside and inside before putting the soil and the plant.

Hand Painted Terracotta Pots

First, to decorate them with your own hands you have to add to the list of materials the following:

Drawing molds.

Indelible ink marker of various colors and different strokes.

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Step by Step:

Go through the previous steps. Once you have the pot sealed, with the acrylic background, you can paint the border in another color to enhance it.

Once this is done, with the indelible ink marker start drawing your silhouettes with a firm line and let them dry for several hours.

Then finish it off with one or two coats of varnish or lacquer to enhance the shine and protect it from humidity.

How To Clean Terracotta Pots

To clean your terracotta pots, follow these steps:

1- Use a brush and water to remove the residue and dirt by rinsing the pots underwater.

2- Fill a container with three parts water and one-part vinegar.

3- Soak your pots for 20 to 30 minutes. If you hear sizzling sounds when you dip your terracotta pot or see bubbles, it means that the vinegar is doing its job of dissolving the dirt.

4- Wipe off any persistent dirt or deposits and rinse. If the dirt does not clean easily, let the pot soak longer.

5- Put the pots to dry outdoors.

Warning: We recommend these steps only for unpainted pots, as it could damage the paint.

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About Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan is an agronomist horticulture founder of The Garden Style Company and The Garden Style Website. He previously worked for Mondel─ôz International as an Agronomist Engineer specializing in agricultural products management in highly populated areas. In 2000, Henry started working with farmer-producers in agricultural businesses selling wholesale fresh produce and retail plants in Van Buren, Arkansas. Nowadays, Henry lives in California, where he offers expert consulting services for organic vegetable gardening. As a science writer working with his wife, Julia, Henry shares his passion for gardening and farming, trying to reach and teach as many folks as possible.

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