How to Distress a Flower Pot

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How to Distress a Flower Pot
Distressing a flowerpot can make it look more festive. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Potted plants add a crucial decorative element to any home. They allow you to create a sense of living freshness to any room, bringing a culpable sense of the outdoors indoors. It's important to put in the extra effort and repot plants into clay or metallic flower pots after you buy them. The plastic or foam flower pots that most plants are sold in don't give the plants a sense of stability or permanence. However, you want to ensure that you select pots that add to the plants' beauty. Consider distressing the outside of a flower pot to heighten its aesthetic value.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sponge
  • Detergent
  • Terra cotta sealer
  • 3-inch nylon brush
  • Latex paint, 2 colours
  • Crackle glaze

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  1. 1

    Moisten a sponge in warm water and add a dot of detergent to its middle. Distribute the detergent evenly throughout the sponge, rubbing the sides of the sponge together.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the exterior and interior of the flower pot with your sponge and rinse it with a clean wet sponge. Allow it to dry.

  3. 3

    Seal the inside of the flower pot with a terra cotta sealer applied with a 3-inch-wide nylon brush. Sealing the inside of the pot will prevent moisture from the soil from causing the exterior coat of paint on the outside of the pot to flake or peel off.

  4. 4

    Dip your paintbrush into the latex paint of your desired colour.

  5. 5

    Cover the exterior of the pot with an even coat of latex paint. Allow it to dry.

  6. 6

    Apply a thin coat of your crackle glaze directly on top of your dried base coat. Apply the glaze in one definitive direction. Allow the crackle glaze to dry for one hour.

  7. 7

    Apply a second colour of latex paint directly on top of your dried crackle glaze with your brush, making all of your strokes in the exact opposite direction as the strokes you made with your crackle glaze. You'll see the colour start to crackle and flake, creating a naturally distressed appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • These steps are written for water-based, second-coat crackling glazes.

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