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Vintage Chalk Paint Terra Cotta Flower Pots

Creating Vintage Chalk Paint Terra Cotta Flower Pots

I have a favorite little green flower pot.  It’s a pale, muted green glazed terra cotta pot.  For some reason, it is my favorite little flower pot.  I want to create a similar look by painting my own vintage chalk paint terra cotta flower pots using Poet’s Paint and spraying them with a clear coat.

I decided I would also attempt to add a stencil design, perhaps a French label so I went to of course for some label ideas.  Much to my surprise, not only did I find some great label ideas but sure enough, someone also had the same idea of painting terra cotta pots and giving them a vintage look with French labels. Great minds do indeed think a like. They used a more whitewash look on the pots which was very pretty but I wanted a more opaque pale vintage color like Poet’s Paint Vintage Silk Blue, Vintage 50’s Green, Seaside, Vintage White, Driftwood Grey or Buttercup.


Chalk Paint Vintage Flower Pots

If you don’t find a label that you like from Graphics Fairy, you can download the one I created and used for these pots. oval-label.jpg

QUICK TIP: The process of transferring the label using Modge Podge, works better on paler colors of paint such as the colors mentioned above rather than darker colors.  And this is because when you remove the paper from the transfer, there remains a bit of ghostly white haze left behind that is more prominent on a darker color.  You won’t even notice it if you’re using Vintage White, Vintage Silk Blue or Driftwood Grey.

Poets Paint Terra Cotta PotUse the masking tape to mask off the rim then paint the pot.  The paint will dry quickly.

While the paint dries, print out your label on regular copy paper.  REMEMBER to reverse the image when you print it out.  You can download the one I created and used for these pots. oval-label.jpg  Cut out the image.

Chalk Paint Vintage Flower Pots

Cover the image with a generous coating of Modge Podge.

chalk paint terra cotta pots

Place the image on the dried pot, image side down and smooth out any air bubbles.  Let the image dry overnight.

chalk paint terra cotta pots

The image should be very dry.  Dip the chip brush in water and continuously soak the image.  Using the bristles of the chip brush, gently move the bristles around the image letting it pull up the paper.

chalk paint terra cotta pots

When you think you’ve removed most of the paper, use the pads of your fingers to feel and remove any remaining paper. Then let the pot dry.

Once dry, you can spray it with a coating such as Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze (about or similar top coat or just leave it matte. Some pots I coated and other I left matte.  I liked them both ways.  I also found I liked some of the pots with a whitewashed rim and some with a raw terra cotta rim.

chalk paint vintage terra cotta pots

I purchase these great little clips on Amazon so that I could hang the pots on my wooden fence.  A 12-pak cost me about $13.  The clips could easily work to attach pots to a tree or attach them to anything that you can put a screw into.  They hold a pot quite securely in heavy wind.  These are great for putting my herbs out of reach of the rabbits in my yard. And I just leave flowers in their original pots and put two or three at a time in my larger vintage painted pots and switch them out whenever I want new ones.

This project was super simple and pretty cheap and I love the aged look of the vintage chalk paint terra cotta flower pots.

chalk paint vintage terra cotta pots

chalk paint vintage terra cotta pots

Vintage Chalk Paint Terra Cotta Flower Pots

Vintage chalk paint terra cotta flower pots

Poets Paint Vintage White Chest

Poets Paint Vintage White Chest of Drawers

Poets Paint Vintage Chest

I managed to pick up this 5-drawer chest at a thrift store for $25.00 and it was the perfect candidate for a chalk-based paint overhaul in Poets Paint Vintage White and Blackbird.  And I knew I wanted to use a graphic on the front – something where I could use our name and logo and maybe even put it in French.  The best place to go for graphics, especially for furniture is The Graphics Fairy.  Wonderful vintage graphics.  But I didn’t want mine to look like so many that i had seen on the internet so I ended up tweaking it by using the one outline and bits and pieces from others.  And finally I translated Poets Paint Waterglass Paint into French then found a font that I liked and used Photoshop to manipulate the curvature and size and just printed it out.

Once I had painted most of the piece with Poets Paint Vintage White (an exact match to Annie S. Old White), I then painted the rest, which included the top and the legs with Poets Paint Blackbird.

I then fussed around quite a bit with placement of my graphics before I got it exactly the way I wanted it then taped down the bits and pieces of paper in place.  I then used carbon paper underneath and traced over it with a pen.  Once I had the outline, I removed the carbon paper and my pattern pieces and went over the lines with my black paint pen.  Black paint pens are great and they come in all widths so it’s easy to get fine details.

If I made any errors with the black paint pens I just painted over them and started again.

I used a fine grade (300) sandpaper over the edges and even over the design to give it an aged and worn look in areas.

And finally, I used Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax which I applied with a soft cloth.  One coat – let it dry for about 8 minutes, buff it and then applied a second coat, let it dry and buff again.  This gave it not only a nice protective finish but a soft satin look to the finish and I found it was easier to apply than other waxes.


Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet Project

This “lovely” cabinet was found at an antique mall and was left outside on the porch where it was subject to the Florida weather and lots of neglect.  But it had such beautiful carvings and was a nice petite size and I just found myself drawn to it.  I kept going back to it and even after sleeping on it a day, which is usually good enough to dissuade me from a bad decision, I went back and purchased it.  Now, this poor cabinet was severely neglected and had I known just how much work it was going to be, I probably would not have purchased it.  The top piece was pretty badly bowed and had to be replaced – it could not be repaired.  The varnish was peeling off everywhere in big pieces as was the veneer.  I found evidence of termite damage although I believe the termites have since departed.  And it seemed as if every time I merely touched any of the decorative wood pieces, they would chip off and I had to replace so much of the decorative pieces.  And yet, I could still envision the long lost beauty of this cabinet. I made a last minute decision to use Poets Paint Blackbird for a nice black finish.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet


Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

Here’s a sample of how bad the varnish job was done – bubbling and globs everywhere.  Below is how big slices would just peel off.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

After many hours and days of tossing and turning about what color to paint the cabinet – I couldn’t decide whether to go bold and do it in a washed Aegean Turquoise, soft and subtle with Vintage Silk Blue, gold ol’ standard Vintage White, beautiful Seaside Blue, or even try a distressed Ancient Red.  Time was running out as the cabinet was going to be used as a display for the Poet’s Paint at an Antique Mall and I had 4 days left before I had to deliver it.  Poets Paint Blackbird it was!  Good coverage and I figured I would highlight the woodwork with just a touch of our sister company’s Driftwood all Natural Liming Wax and then top coat it with the Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax for an easy and hard wax finish.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

I love how the Liming Wax gave it a subtle ghostly appearance – just enough to make the decorative woodwork stand out.  I then replaced the handles with some beautiful black and white handles I discovered at a TJMaxx.  While I don’t have a picture of the cabinet door, I did end up stenciling “Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint” and our logo in black on the glass and I wish I had taken a picture as it really did come out good.  But this was a bear of a project.

Poets Paint Blackbird Cabinet

Mid-century Dresser Update with Cashmere

Mid-Century Dresser with Poets Paint Cashmere

This mid-century piece is done using Poets Paint Cashmere and Vintage White colors. Poets Paint Cashmere is a color match to Annie S. French Linen.

Poets Paint Cashmere

I seem to have an affinity for mid-century furniture pieces, along with glassware, dinnerware and other decorating pieces.  Not sure why as it really doesn’t go with most of my decorating aesthetics and room designs but I manage to get pieces in here and there and they look great.

50's DresserThis was a dresser in need of repair that I purchased from a thrift store for $125.00.  I new as soon as I saw it that I wanted to do it in two-tones.  I loved the simplicity of the handles and just the design itself.  It did have a broken leg which needed repair and it was something that I did not see when I initially purchased it so I don’t know if it was something that happened during delivery.  I probably would not have bought it had I seen the damage to the leg and I certainly would not have paid $125.00, but all’s well that ends well as I did end up selling it for $175.00.  I love this piece but I had no room for it anywhere.


50s dresserIn addition to the broken legs, it had several deep gouges that needed to be repaired.  Here I just used wood filler, let it dry and sanded.  The leg repair required a buildup of wood filler and some laminate cut to size to replace missing laminate.

Once I made all the repairs, I sprayed the whole dresser using shellac as I suspected this would be a piece that would have “bleed through” since it was from the 50s.  The shellac will prevent not only bleed through but any cracking of the paint.



mid-century dresser

I started with the Poet’s Paint Vintage White and then did the drawer fronts with the Poets Paint Cashmere.  I ended up putting four coats of the Vintage White on the top and sanding in between each coat as I wanted and really nice hard finish on top.  The drawer fronts took two coats of the Poets Paint Cashmere and again i sanded in between coats.

I also used a very fine steel wool pad to remove the grime from the handles and the result was a pretty polished but still distressed look on the handles.

Then I used a stencil I purchased on line and stenciled the drawer  fronts with the Vintage White.  If I didn’t like the placement of the stencil, I sanded it down, painted with the Cashmere again and then redid the stencil until I got the placement the way I wanted it.

mid-century dresser

50s dresser

Still not finish, I decided to add a pop of unexpected color on the sides of the drawers that would only be seen when the drawers were pulled out.  I chose a bright orange reminiscent of oranges used in the 50s to accent the drawers.

50s dresser in cashmere

50s dresser with cashmere