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Paint a terrazzo pot

Update a boring old plant pot with an on-trend terrazzo paint effect!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 49

Finished project
Finished project

You will need: Any plant pot (concrete, terracotta or similar), sandpaper, testpot brushes, small detail brushes, Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat, Resene testpots in your choice of colours. Sarah used Resene Rice Cake (base colour), Resene Indian Ink, Resene Fast Forward, Resene Sunbaked and Resene Shabby Chic.

Top tip: If you are unsure of how to hand paint a terrazzo effect, there are plenty of images you can look up online for inspiration, particularly terrazzo tiles which are produced in a variety of colourways. The most important thing is to have fun with it and make it your own unique piece. You can always paint over it if you decide you want to change the effect.

Prior to refinishing
Finished project
Finished project
Finished project
Finished project
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Step 1: Give the old planter pot a good clean. Sarah also sanded back the shiny fake-wood veneer covering it.

Step 2: Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat to prepare the surface for painting. It’s best to paint all surfaces inside and out for a longer lasting finish as this helps to prevent water coming from the inside of the pot blistering off the paint. Sarah used a testpot brush for this. If your paint was made of terracotta, use Resene Terracotta Sealer in place of the Resene Quick Dry.

Step 3: Once the primer is completely dry, apply two coats of your chosen base colour using a test pot brush. Sarah used Resene Rice Cake.

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Step 4: Using various small detail/artist brushes, apply each of your remaining Resene testpot colours in a terrazzo style pattern directly onto the pot one colour at a time, waiting for each colour to dry completely before starting on the next. It is really easy to achieve a terrazzo finish by painting freehand and there is no pressure for each shape to be perfect, because imperfect is the look you want! Sarah painted a mixture of large and small shapes until she was happy with the result. Sarah used Resene Indian Ink, Resene Fast Forward, Resene Sunbaked and Resene Shabby Chic for this paint effect.

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Step 5: To give the pot an extra pop of colour, Sarah chose to paint the inside surface in two coats of Resene Shabby Chic. You could use any of the testpot colours you have already used on this project.

Step 6: To give the pot a glossy finish, apply a clear finish. Sarah used three coats of Resene Aquaclear, but you could use Resene Concrete Clear, or Resene Clearcoat UVS. This protects the paint effect and also adds a beautiful gloss finish, similar to a lacquer look finish that makes the pot feel luxurious and modern! Add you favourite houseplant, flowers, or place it on your bench as a cool way to store all your cooking utensils.

Upcycling for Good

You can find a huge range of treasures, from ornaments and picture frames, to furniture and toys at your local Salvation Army store that you can easily upcycle with a little Resene paint and some imagination.

"Our Family Stores are full of treasures generously donated by members of the public. We value these donations and try our hardest to re-purpose and sell as much as possible. We’re all about re-using and recycling, so teaming up with Resene on Upcycling for Good was a perfect match. Resene’s products and tips are a natural fit with our pre-loved furniture and accessories, which are usually great quality but could sometimes do with a lick of paint to ensure they fly off the shelves.

Each year, nationally, our stores save 16,000 tonnes from landfill. This initiative increases the value of the donated product, improves the range of goods for our customers, and furthers The Salvation Army’s mission and Resene’s community activity.” Gareth Marshall, The Salvation Army's National Family Store Manager.

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