Plastic Pot Makeover: Before & After



Last weekend I came home with an assortment of old plastic pots that my in laws had stored behind their shed for the last couple of years, in various shades of faded terracotta. We needed to buy some more pots this year anyway, so I thought I’d give these a second chance at life!

Like my new spray painting mask? The idea of toxic fumes kind of freaks me out! All of my spray painting projects up until now have been pretty small, so I’ve always just sprayed and ran… (tell me I’m not the only one!) but that would’ve taken WAY too long for this project. Do you guys use masks? Or is there a trick that I’m missing so I don’t get engulfed by the spray!!?

If you try this at home, make sure that you buy spray paint that works on plastics, such as Rustoleum’s Universal. And, I found that if the pot’s finish is really beat up, like the one above, the spray paint just gets absorbed into the plastic instead of covering the surface nicely. Sad, because I think the style of this pot would have looked fabulous in a glossy black!

I envisioned a renewal of sorts with a heavy dose of glossy black spray paint, and I’m pretty happy with the results! I got almost five pots done before I ran out of one can of spray paint. (TIP: Ikea boxes came in handy for overspray!)

PS – It seems great minds think alike, so if you’re looking for more spray paint inspiration, go visit Carol at The Design Pages. Her urns are SUPER shiny, so I’ll have to find out what her secret spray paint is! Maybe mine will be getting another coat… ; )

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design



  • Diane @ kitchen-dreams

    these look amazing! what a great idea. maybe you’ll have to plant a lilac in one!

  • Jess

    Looks great! So funny that I have been spray painting too! You are right about the weather, can’t really paint outside in the rain so my projects pile up until it gets sunny. I don’t have a mask though, I just stand upwind so it goes the other way.

  • barbara@hodge:podge

    I did the exact same thing a few years ago with a pile of mismatched pots from my mom. A few coats of plastic primer and black matte spray paint and they look stylish! Yours look fantastic!

  • Rene

    Your pots look great! Now I wish that I had painted mine black instead of white. You were wise to suit up like that. I probably should do the same.

  • carol@thedesignpages

    Looks great! I did 3 pots for herbs last week in black and what a difference it makes.

  • Anne

    Dont we love spraypaint??!!??!! They look great 🙂 I am so glad you stopped by today!!

  • Candace

    Simple black spray paint can dress up anything. I am dangerous when I get a can of spray paint as I want to spray paint everything around though. Love what you’ve done with these pots. You did a very nice job. I have to say that I prefer them not so shiny. I think yours are perfect.

  • Meesh

    Hi Rosa!
    Your painted pots turned out fantastic. I hope you will share with us when they are overflowing with gorgeous colorful plantings! I would love to see it…
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was great to “meet” you! 😉

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    Yes, I’m only a few posts in, but am really loving your blog. Say “hi” to your newest follower!!

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