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DIY Project: Give plain store-bought pots a fresh new look by using Resene FX Crackle

17 Dec 2020

These small, plain herb pots were $2 each from a homeware store. Sarah used Resene FX Crackle to give them a crackle effect and shabby chic look with on-trend paint colours.

 You will need:

Resene testpot brushes

Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer

Resene FX Crackle

Resene testpots in your choice of colours; Sarah used Resene Florentine Pink, Resene Wild West, Resene Moccaccino, Resene Wafer and Resene Half Pot Pourri

Plants (choose your favourites, but succulents and cacti look great with these paint colours).

Step 1 Prepare your pots for painting by applying one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer all over. Sarah painted her pots inside and out using a testpot brush. Leave to dry.

Top tip: Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer is ideal on ceramic pots.  If you are using unsealed terracotta pots, use Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer instead.

Step 2 Once your basecoat has dried, paint each pot in a different colour. You will need to apply two coats, waiting for dry time in between. Sarah used the following colours for these pots: Resene Florentine Pink, Resene Wild West, Resene Moccaccino and Resene Wafer.

Step 3 Apply one coat of Resene FX Crackle to the top third of the outside of each pot. To create a strong crackle effect, apply a thick coat like in the picture above (this could also be achieved by applying two coats). Leave to dry completely.

Step 4 Once the Resene FX Crackle effect is dry, apply one coat of a cream, white or soft pink shade over the top of the Resene FX Crackle effect; Sarah used Resene Half Pot Pourri. Work fast applying the paint, as the Resene FX Crackle will start to show quickly. Leave to dry and let the crackle effect work its magic.

 Step 5 Once dry, add your favourite small plants and find a sunny spot for your cute new pots! You might like to try this effect on larger pots too.

These pots are painted using Resene FX CrackleResene Florentine Pink, Resene Wild West, Resene Moccaccino and Resene Wafer.

 

 

project and images Sarah Herring