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Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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We just got home from our trip to Jamaica very late Saturday night. Wow!!! We've come home to summer like temps! Before I left, we had started cleaning the pollen off the porches and planting a few flowers. I have quite a few of those lightweight garden pots either made of resin or fiberglass….know what I'm talking about?

Some of my pots are well over 10 years old. They were peeling and just didn't look great. I thought…what do I have to lose! I decided to paint them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg! It's a great way to update your outdoor living space!

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Today is the second installment in my southern blogger's group! Today we are sharing ideas with flowers.

Oh My Word would you look at that...Flowers

 The entire list of links will be listed below.

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

 I know…..sad!! I usually clean out my pots after the last frost, but I just never got around to it! Do you see how they are chipping/flaking around the rim?

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

I planted the pots before I decided to plant them. A previous post showed how to decorate an outdoor dining table with live plants. These were used so I wanted to plant them before they dried out too much! You can find my Outdoor Dining Tablescape HERE

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

 I sanded any loose material away. Then I scrubbed them with liquid dish soap and a soft brush we use to wash the cars. Be sure to let them dry thoroughly in the sun before painting.

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

I painted 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg drying between coats. It dries really fast outside and used very little paint. I then took a fine grit sanding block and sanded the raised areas to allow the terracotta color to show through.

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Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

 I used a Swifter to dust off where I sanded. I then sprayed 3 thin coats of sealer onto the pots. Be sure to dry between coats. It only took 1 can. I used a flat finish. I didn't want a shine. I love how the sealer darkened the Duck Egg color for a richer look. Take a piece of scrap cardboard to hold around the upper edge as you spray so you don't spray the plants.

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

 I love the two colors together.

Painting Garden Pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Our Southern Home

Looking forward to the plants growing and spilling over the sides. I'll be sure to share an updated picture in a couple of weeks. If you notice, I have curled parsley in with my flowers. I love mixing in herbs like that. It is convenient and herbs are so pretty! 

I'll be sharing soon how I mix herbs in with my potted flowers.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit the other FLOWER themed projects listed below.

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  1. Awesome! Thank you 🙂 It’s been a year and mine still look great. I even left them out all winter!

  2. I just entered on Pinterest ‘painted resin flower pots’ and not only did your site come up, but these are the exact pots I want to paint!!! thank you!!!

  3. I have gone the no seal route and was displeased so I am trying this. So far since they were painted in the spring they are holding up fabulous. You do not want to wax for outside use. It is something I wanted to try because I’ve seen others have success. It is up to you the direction you take. You can always leave unsealed. If not happy, go back paint another coat and seal.

  4. Hi,

    I am currently doing some outside pots and I phoned to check whether you need to seal as I have read somewhere else that you don’t. According to someone who actually asked Annie, sealing is not a good idea as wet tends to get between the sealer and the paint causing bubbling. She – Annie Sloane- recommends keeping dry for a few days and then buffing with a cloth, if you do that the pots will withstand rain etc. This should be true because basically it is based on Plaster of Paris. I know it sounds strange but that is literally straight from the horses mouth. If it can withstand out climate then it can withstand anything.

  5. Thanks so much, Kim! Time will tell how they weather and last, but a couple of months later they still look great! I do think I’ll put under the house this winter. Too cold to enjoy them anyway! Happy summer! Christy

  6. Thanks so much!!! I just love apple green outside! I think it makes flowers pop!!! Happy summer! Christy

  7. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and you totally answered my question already! I WAS wondering HOW you would finish it, because a wax would melt outside. Love the advice!! ❤️Mimi

  8. Thank you for sharing this idea. I have pots very similar to these that could use some refreshing! Nice to meet my “neighbor” at the Grace at Home party : )

  9. Hi Christy, your flower pot looks so much prettier painted with ASCP Duck Egg and slightly distressed. Love it! I just painted my terracotta posts in an apple green chalk paint but I didn’t seal them because I’m hoping the elements will add to the aged patina. If that ends up being a fail I’ll keep the clear coat you used in mind.

  10. OK, I’m convinced! Your pots are beautiful! My pots, like yours, are getting worn and tattered looking. It’s time for some ASCP treatment for my pots. Thank you for the inspiration! Following you now on G+, Facebook, and Twitter. 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this project! I have a pot almost exactly like yours that is in need of some love, and now you have inspired me!

  12. I am good thank you very much and sure hope you are as well. I can’t believe I did not recognize Begonia….. the other two I have never had before. They sure are gorgeous with your ‘new’ planter pot.

  13. This looks fantastic! I love the terra cotta coming through. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
    Julie @ Renaissance Mermaid

  14. Hey!!! Thanks so much! The 3 plants are Lobelia, begonia and Lysimachia. I picked them all up at Walmart!!! Hope you are well, friend!! XXOO Christy

  15. Oh how beautiful they are now. I was hoping you would tell us what the two plants are that you put with the Parsley? All three are just beautiful. I want to copy this so much.

  16. I know those pot very well, in our old home we had many, many of these. Back then ours started doing the same thing and I didn’t know about chalk paint t hen, maybe it didn’t even exist yet. I did mine with primer, latex and glaze and outdoor poly over t hat. I don’t know what they will look like after being in storage for a year waiting for t heir new home. I may have to do some repainting again. This time chalk paint will be the answer. This will be a task that won’t be worried about right away, bigger fish to fry, so to speak.


  17. Gorgerous! I did this at least three years ago when Annie first came out and my pots still look amazing! Love the color you chose.

  18. I love this idea! I was just staring at my ugly grey pots that are so worn this past weekend thinking about what I could do to spruce them up. I have Duck Egg Blue AS paint in my stash and am going to copy your wonderful idea.

  19. What a pretty color that lokjs great on the planter even without the plants. Hope you had a great time in Jamaica.

  20. Thanks, Melissa!!! Jamaica was great…now to lose the 5 pounds!!!! Lol!! ~Christy

  21. What a beautiful transformation! I LOVE Duck Egg! And what a great idea to seal it! I hope Jamaica was amazing! Life to the full! Melissa

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