How To Paint A Ceramic Glazed Indoor Plant Pot ~ It is easy to update the look of an outdated, out of style plant pot with these spray painting instructions.
Have you ever bought something thinking it would fit perfectly in your home décor to find out that it did not work with what you had in mind when you brought it home? That happened to us when we bought this sunflower arrangement in a large teacup style plant pot. Let me explain why it did not work.
We moved into the house we are presently living in about ten years ago. We were attracted to it because it had an interesting floor design and lots of open space living areas. It also has a long staircase that takes you up to the upper floor. As you go up the staircase there is a long shelf where the flooring is ceramic tile. This was a fabulous place to decorate with interesting pieces and make into a gallery.
This is how we decorated our gallery shelf. It is a collection silk flowers, silk greenery and different materials like wicker, wood, mosaic glass, wicker, mosaics, bronze and copper. It is also a combination of different textures and different heights.
I took this photograph on a sunny morning. One window you see up high in the photograph faces north and the second window with the etched design in the glass faces the room we use as a craft room and office.
The first piece I bought was the wood ‘HOME’ sign. Using this as our anchor piece, my husband and I went shopping together to pick out the other pieces.
After we arranged the gallery we found the sunflower arrangement in a rooster decorated tea cup plant pot did not fit. So this piece was demoted to the top of the upright freezer that I wrote about in Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas. There it sat in the corner for ten years quite unnoticed collecting dust with its colours fading from the sun streaming through a nearby window.
I recently decided to do something with it. My choices were to donate it to the thrift store or freshen it up and give it a makeover into something more useful and more in style with the rest of the home décor. I decided to do the later.
With the painting products available on the market now it is very easy to change the look of wood, glass and even ceramic glazed items. It is even easier working with spray can products which is what I used for this DIY project. The first thing I did was dismantle the arrangement and put the plastic sunflowers in the recycle bin. Then I gave the empty plant pot a good cleaning with soap and warm water. The last thing I did before I started painting was set up a painting station in the garage where I could raise the garage doors and work in a well ventilated area. You will also want to set up a painting station because this project requires about seven coats with drying time in between. Here is….
How To Paint A Ceramic Glazed Indoor Plant Pot
- spray paint primer
- spray paint gloss finish designed for multiple surfaces (colour of your choice)
- spray matte finish OR crystal clear finishing spray
Tip: I use a portable table for projects like this that I cover with art paper that came in a large roll. I bought it inexpensively at IKEA and found it in the children’s section.
Apply two coats of a white spray primer inside and outside the plant pot. The first coat should be a light coat and the second coat should be the finishing coat. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly for about an hour. The primer has many purposes but in this project it gives the ceramic glaze finish a rough texture so the paint can easily adhere to the surface and it is a sealant that blocks water something that is very handy for a plant pot.
Apply two to three coats of the gloss spray paint to the inside and outside of the plant pot. The first coat should be a light coat. The second coat should be a covering coat. I chose to give the plant pot a very light third spray just to make sure there was full coverage. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly. The instructions on the paint can said to allow between one hour to 48 hours for drying time depending on the material. For this project it took about an hour.
Apply two coats of the finishing spray. There are two types of finishes available depending on the look you are going for. I chose to go with a matte finish even though I used a spray paint with a gloss finish. The black was quite glossy and I wanted to tone it down a bit. This step is a very important step in how to paint a ceramic glazed indoor plant pot because it gives the plant pot a permanent protective coating and makes it water resistant. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly but the good news is that it only takes ten minutes.
That is it! That is how to paint a ceramic glazed indoor plant pot. I love how it was so easy to give a new look to an outdated looking plant pot. I did think about adding stripes or a stencil to the outside of the plant pot but decided against it. I did not want to take away from the flowering plants I planned on filling it with.
I bought three bright yellow Kalanchoes at the grocery store. Then I added blue glass gems I had leftover from Ugly Bird Bath Becomes Upcycled Outdoor Plant Stand to break the black colour up a bit. I chose a blue colour because I thought it was a nice contrast to the bright green leaves and bright yellow blossoms. It also kind of looks like the saucer is filled with pretty blue water.
The Kalanchoe flowering plant is a perfect plant to sit in the centre of the kitchen table because it needs full sun. Our kitchen has large picture windows that face directly south. This plant is part of the succulent family so it does not like to be overwatered. I also planted it in soil designed for cacti and succulents. It can thrive in perfect growing conditions in this newly painted black plant pot.
Final Comments: Here are some other photographs I took of the shelf that you see as you go up the staircase. It is a very high ceiling creating a very open area for light to shine through the upper windows.
I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect size print to add some colour to the adjacent wall. I love the colours in this art piece and how they coordinate with the items on the shelf. Every time we go up the stairs we enjoy the gallery shelf and every time we go down the stairs we enjoy the print.
Your turn: Here is an image of our gallery shelf again because I wanted to ask you which one piece in this gallery is your favourite? Do you have a plant pot that could be freshened up and use a makeover?
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