Chalky Finish Clay Pots

Hi friends!  I’m so happy to be here, I’m Rebecca and you can find me over at The Crafted Sparrow.  I love walking through thrift shops and dollar stores in hopes of finding some great bargains.  Most times that great bargain doesn’t always fit my style, so I take it and make it my own.  These Chalky Finish Clay Pots are the perfect example of that.

clay pots before

I found these clay pots at my local Dollar Tree, while they aren’t necessarily my style they had a great shape and size.  I knew they would be perfect for some of my favorite greenery from Ikea.  I chose to use one of my favorite paints, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints from DecoArt.  You can find the whole line at Home Depot online currently.

chalky finish paint

Project estimate:

  • Clay pots, $1
  • Americana Decor chalky finish paint {I used Everlasting & Primitive}, about $8.50 and up
  • Foam brushes, on hand or $1
  • Painters tape, on hand

Total: about $9.50 and up

dollar store flower pot makeover

I lucked out, the clay pots I purchased had the clear film decal on the front.  Most of it just peeled right off, although if you find a pot that has a sheen or something similar you could lightly sand it to prep the area for the paint.  Otherwise the chalky finish paint should adhere great.

Dollar store flower pot makeover

dollar store flower pot makeover

Once my pots were clean and ready I painted the edges with some black paint.  I only did this because I knew I was going to distress them.  This step is optional.

chalky finish clay pots tutorial

I then painted my entire pot with my chalky finish paint and foam brush.  On my striped pot I did “everlasting” first, on my polka dot pots I did the “primitive” chalky finish paint first.  You will need to do 2-3 light coats depending on the type of pot you use.

dollar store flower pot makeover

Once dry I applied my painters tape for some stripes.  I also cut some vinyl circles with my cutting machine, you could also use painters tape and a round 1″ circle punch.  Another cute idea would be to number the pots {1,2,3}.

Now paint your second color over the tape.  Once dry remove the tape and vinyl carefully.

I then grabbed a light grit sandpaper and distressed my edges and small areas all over the pot.  It doesn’t hurt to give the entire pot a light sanding if you are trying to smooth out any chalky finish paint build up.

chalky finish clay pots tutorial

That’s it!  Aren’t they cute?!  For $3 plus some other supplies I had on hand I have these great additions to my decor that look like they came from any big named home decor store.

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Thanks again to Heather for having me here today.  I hope you will come visit me at The Crafted Sparrow where you can see other fun projects like these:

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