Monday, August 24, 2015

Painting Plant Pots

Five years ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington.   If you are near Seattle in July, it is a must see trip.  I came home determined to plan this lovely plant in my garden.   Ahhhh Lavender…fragrant and beautiful.  It adds an element of love to the garden. 

However, five years later our small plants took over the area and required twice a year trimming.  Yep, the honeymoon with lavender was coming to an end.  Well not really, just the maintenance part!

I decided to pot the plants and keep it low maintenance.  All my pots were plain and uninviting, so I decided to paint my pots this summer.  After much research, here are my six steps to painting clay pots:

1.  Wash and clean the pots…let dry 12 hours.

2.  Seal the pots inside and out.  Let dry for 12 hours.

3.  Primer the pots.  Let dry for 24 hours.

4.  Paint your color, let dry 24 hours.

5.  Optional step:  I created a stencil and painted Lavender on the pots.

6.  Plant the Lavender in the pot and place in your garden. 

My attempts to paint pots in the past did not fair well.  Three months later these pots are holding up beautifully!   It’s like a second honeymoon!

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