DIY Dry Brush Flower Pot Painting

Easy Flower Pot Makeover with Dry Brushing

I love flower pots, you can place them where ever you want some colour, they rarely need weeding and if you have a plant that is suffering in one spot of the yard you can easily move it. They are especially handy in tiny urban yards like ours.

I have had these particular clay pots for a long time, they needed yet another makeover.

These pots have been so many different colours, last year I updated them with Plant Care Hints. Unfortunately, the paint I used chipped off with the cold Winter and by Spring this is what they looked like.

Two old terracotta flower pots before receiving a dry brush painting technique makeover. pot painting, painted flower pots, clay pot painting

My original plan was to repaint the pots and add some pretty pansies around the top using my cutting machine.  It took forever to strip all the layers of paint off as there was a manufactured baked green coating on them.  (I didn’t get it all off)

This size of terracotta pots are expensive and I was determined to keep using them.  Sadly they are heavy and one slipped out of my hand and broke on the grass.  Weird eh?  I never thought they would break on the lawn.

It took a full day with a paint stripper to get the paint off and a significant amount of sanding to remove all the coatings.   I didn’t want to spend that much time on them and the pansies were really wilting in their little plastic tray.  I changed plans decided to just whitewash them.  The whitewashing took  15 minutes including searching for leftover paint.

This project is now super easy to do and the natural terracotta peaking through brings a warm feeling to the rather stark patio.

Painting terracotta flower pot with a dry brush painting technique result with pretty pansies. pot painting, painted flower pots, clay pot painting


You will need:

Terracotta flower pots (if second-hand paint stripper and sandpaper to remove paint)

White exterior paint, a sample size is more than enough if you need to purchase.

Paint rags for removing excess paint.

Once the pot is cleaned the rest is super simple.

Lightly dip a wide brush into the paint so just the end of the bristles have paint on them.

Dab the excess paint off onto a rag and very lightly paint the pot.  Make sure to use feather light strokes. Try it on the inside of the pot first to see if your strokes light enough. Once your confident paint the outside.  Repeat until the pot looks how you want it.

Flower pot painting project with a dry brush painting technique on a terracotta flower pot. pot painting, painted flower pots, clay pot painting

This post is part of decorating our patio.  Our yard is small and I wouldn’t have chosen to have a patio and a deck. As it turns out this is my favorite place to have morning coffee, its lower than the deck and snuggled in against two fences. Because of that, the chairs face towards the yard, and it ended up being a really nice private little spot.

A summer deck needing colour and some flower pot ideas to liven it up. pot painting, painted flower pots, clay pot painting

As it turns out this is my favorite place to have morning coffee, its lower than the deck and snuggled in against two fences giving some privacy. Because of the fences, the chairs face towards the yard and it is turning out to be a nice little private spot.

Unfortunately with the two fences and the concrete patio its a rather stark little corner. These flower pots add some much needed colour.   I have some work to do on it, but the flower pots have made a difference and were free except for the pansies.

Terracotta pot makeover with a dry brush paint technique
pot painting, painted flower pots, clay pot painting


  1. I love the dry brush technique. They turned out so pretty! I can’t wait to try them too!

  2. The white wash works great and the pansies always add a bit of happiness wherever they’re planted. It’s a lovely spot Leanna and with Spring arriving shortly hopefully you’ll get to enjoy it more. So sorry your one pot broke though. Will you be able to salvage it for something else maybe?

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Michelle

      It’s a work in progress, but coming together. Every year I add a little more greenery which is what it needs most. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. One day I’d like to join you for coffee in this cozy and inviting spot and admire your white washed posts with pretty pansies!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I hope that can happen very soon Marie. It’s nice out there right now.

  4. I love the white wash look on the flower pots. I also have a small city lot and try to perk up the patio with pots. Your area looks so inviting to enjoy the morning cup of coffee.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      As you know Debra life is always so darn busy. I do each and every day have my first cup of coffee doing something I like. Sitting, or out on this deck with the dog. Sometimes I write but its so much nicer to be able to do it outdoors.

  5. I love pansies and they look great in the whitewashed pots. I think I like the pots better than I would have if you had done all that hard work of getting the gunk off and stenciling them. And I think your little patio is inviting now with the pansies in their pots. I might add something that climbs back along the fence and that would make it look perfect.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I need some sort of greenery along that fence for sure. The climate here is really awful, but I can ask around. I love the pansies though.

  6. What a cute way to decorate the outside of the house! I will give this a try some day!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      It is so easy to do, especially if your pots don’t need to be prepped. Thank you for stopping by.

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