Painted Flower Pots that Last

Turn ordinary clay planting pots into works of art with just some masking tap and spray paint.

Here's an easy way to brighten up your patio or deck with vivid color. Take a plain clay pot and give it a new coat of paint. Make sure the surface is dry and free of dirt and debris. Then apply a uniform coat of exterior grade spray paint. Let it dry for a day, then plant it up. The paint should last a couple of years depending on your climate. When the pot is in need of a new coat, just repeat the process, and change color if you like. To make pots even more decorative, use tape to create a 2-toned pattern. First, cover the rim of the pot with painter's tape, then apply the first coat of color. Once the paint is dried, remove the tape then cover the painted portion of the container with tape and newspaper leaving the rim exposed. Paint the rim of the pot using a different color. When it's dry, remove the masking, and there you go, a beautiful 2-toned pot.

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