Our landscape gardening guru Brendan has some quick and easy ways to brighten up those everyday terracotta pots in your back yard.
- We're not talking craft corner here, no fiddly shells, buttons or beads. Transforming your pots is as simple as a pot of paint. Painting is quick, easy and very therapeutic.
- Terracotta is porous so if you're using an acrylic based paint, like most household paints, you need to use a clear sealer first to seal the pot inside and out. This stops any moisture seeping in or out of the pot causing the paint to discolour and peel. When it's dry it's time to start the fun stuff.
- Apart from standard household paint, limewash is a great paint for your pots. Being a lime-based paint, it allows the pot to breath so you don't need a sealer. It also gives a great chalky finish which gives a much earthier feel to your pots.
- For something a bit different, try instant rust. It will actually make your terracotta pot, or any other surface, look like it's made of rusty steel. It's a two-stage process. Paint the pot with a liquid iron base, then paint it with instant rust.
- Finally, it's great to use to bit of detail, and can be as simple as using your fingers to paint on contrasting patterns.
- When it comes to colour, blues, greens and purples are the best colours for complementing a wide range of foliage. Keep it simple for the most stunning effects.
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