More Painted Pots

Here are some more pots that I have painted. Besides using pots alone you can combine them to make a stacked garden or for another project that isn’t even for a pot. All of these pots are terra cotta pots which I painted or stained and then sealed with Rustoleum spray Spar Urethane Satin Outdoor clearcoat.

For this pot I used Behr paint and wiped it off immediately. This leaves a distressed sort of look where you can see some of the terra cotta through the paint.

Painted Pot

Painted Pot

On this pot I used Behr paint to paint the entire pot. Once dry I sprayed the pot with Rustoleum glitter paint in silver.

Glitter Pot

Glitter Pot

This pot is stained with Minwax Color Express Oak water based stain. I wiped it off right after staining to give an uneven finish.

Stained Pot

Stained Pot


How to Apply a Suede Faux Finish

A suede faux finish can be applied to a wall or other surfaces to give the appearance of suede. I have only tried this method on a flat surface.

I would recommend practicing on a piece of drywallwood, or other surface similar to what you will be working with.
Choose two paint colors – base color (in this case the lighter color) and a top color.
Paint the base color on the surface using a good quality roller. Let dry for a minimum of 4 hours.
Mix the second color with glaze – 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint.
Working in an area of no larger than 2′ x 2′ at a time, roll or brush on the glaze/paint mixture.
Roll up a slightly damp, lint-free cloth (I prefer a cloth with a little texture). Roll the cloth through the paint/glaze mixture that you have applied.
The glaze extends the dry time of the paint so if you are working quickly and do not like the result of an area roll out the paint/glaze mixture again to smooth the spot a roll the damp cloth through it again.


The photo below is a suede faux finish applied to bare drywall.

Suede faux

Suede faux


Spray Painted Luminaria

Spray Painted Luminaria

14 – 15 oz canned vegetable cans or 26 oz soup cans or a mix of both
Hammer and nail, drill, or Dremel
Spray paint if desired. I used Rustoleum Textured Metal in Silver.  In the past I left them unpainted.
Tea light candles or LED tea lights

Watch for sharp edges where the lid was removed
To remove any adhesive use vegetable oil and then dish soap.
Add 1 – 2” water and freeze. Once frozen add water to fill almost to the top. This method prevents the bottom of the can from bulging.
Poke holes freehand or use a Sharpie to determine design first.   The designs could be all the same or all different.


Luminaria – 14 oz, painted

Luminaria - 26 oz, unpainted

Luminaria – 26 oz, unpainted

Depending on your climate use indoors or out
Line a driveway or sidewalk, decorate a mantel, or group together outside or indoors.

Ceiling Medallions

What is a ceiling medallion?  Ceiling medallions are used around ceiling lights and fans to give a decorative look or to cover ceiling damage from things such as when a new type of light is installed.  You can also install a ceiling medallion plug and use the medallion alone or as a a group for wall decoration.   The plug could be left out and the medallion used as a frame.

Here is one type of ceiling medallion purchased in plain white and made from polyurethane.

Ceiling Medallion – Before

Here is the same medallion style after painting

Ceiling Medallion – After

For this look I sprayed the medallion with Rustoleum Universal Oil Rubber Bronze Spray Paint.  After the spray paint dried I painted over the leaves with a metallic copper craft paint.

Ceiling Medallion – Faux Antique Silver


This ceiling medallion look was created by spraying the medallion with Rustoleum Universal  Spray Paint Black Satin.  After the paint dried I painted over the black with Martha Stewart Living Precious Metals Paint in Mirror Glass.  I intentionally left some of the black showing for the antique look.  If you cover the black paint more than you like, after the metallic paint has dried just wipe on some black water based paint over the top and wipe off as desired to leave some of the black paint in the crevices.

Organized Bling

I was trying to figure out a way to organize necklaces in an attractive manner to prevent tangling.  My daughter stuck a cork in a Martinelli Sparkling Cider bottle and placed pins in the cork to hang the necklaces.  I decided to take it a bit further.

You will need:

Glass bottle with a narrow neck

Water based paint – your choice of color (I used copper)

One cork: size to fit the neck of the bottle

Polymer clay: Sculpey, Fimo – your choice of color (I used copper)

Three or so plastic head straight pins

White glue

Super glue

Glitter – I used copper

After cleaning out the bottle, removing the label, and allowing to air dry, pour a little water base paint into the bottle and swirl it around – coating the inside.   I used copper paint but any color will do including glitter paint.  Next prop the bottle upside down on a surface that will not be damaged by paint.  Be sure the bottle can not tip.  The inside of the dishwasher should work well as long as you place something under the bottleneck to catch the paint.  And, as long as no one will be using the dishwasher!

When walking by, pick up the bottle and swirl the paint around again.  It may take a day or more for the paint to dry.  Dry time would depend on air temperature and humidity as well as the amount of paint used.  Once dry, if you feel it needs more paint just repeat the process.

Mold hooks out of the clay and bake as directed.  I made seven hooks.  Once the hooks have cooled super glue them around the top section of the bottle.  Alternate placement so necklaces can hang in between the hooks.

Dip the plastic head of each straight pin in white glue and then roll it in glitter until the head is covered.  Stick the pins in the cork to dry.

Put the cork in the bottle.

Hang necklaces and chains from the hooks and from the pins in the cork.

You may want to glue cork or felt to the bottom of the bottle to prevent scratching furniture.

Painted Stepping Stones

These stepping stones were painted several years ago.  When I first painted stepping stones I put them in my garden to see how they would hold up.   They did very well but a couple years later I moved too far away to move them with me.

Unfortunately it is difficult (at least in my area) to find the premade round stepping stones like this.  Of course, square or some other shape could be used but my preference is the round.  When I paint some other shaped stones I will post photos on here.  Sorry for the picture quality.  I sold these stones and have no way to retake the photos.


Painted Stepping Stone – Beehive

First I drew the designs freehand on paper.  Make sure the size of your design is in proportion to your stone.  Keep in mind that the smaller the areas are the more difficult painting will be.

Once I had the look and size I wanted I drew over the outlines with a black Sharpie marker.   Use the method you like best to transfer the design to the stone.  I cut mine out and traced around the outside then filled in the rest freehand.  I used a Sharpie to draw directly onto the stone.  If you are worried about making a mistake use a pencil or something else that would be easier to remove or cover with paint without preventing the paint from adhering.  The paint did cover the marker pretty well and so I redrew it after painting to give a nice outline to the design.

Choose the colors you would like for your design.  For the watering can I only used blue, green, and white.  For the hummingbird I used sparkly paint for the throat area.

Painted Stepping Stones – Watering Can & Hummingbird

The stones were all painted with acrylic craft paint.  If you cannot find a color you like visit a paint store that sells samples and you can get almost any color you choose mixed for you on the spot.  For designs such as the hummingbird I chose to blend the paint on the body into the wing area.  After the paint had dried I redrew the outline with a Sharpie.  Wait a day or so and then spray with a clear exterior acrylic for protection from the environment and foot traffic.  Three coats are recommended.  I chose a satin sheen.

You may want to try just one stone to start with.  Place it in your yard where it will get some foot traffic, see how well it holds up and then paint some more!

This would also be a fun project using some of your children’s designs.  Be sure to write their name and age or the date it was drawn.

Painted Pots – Faux Metal

When looking for orchid pots I couldn’t find any colors I liked.  So, I decided to paint some pots.  This is my first:

Faux Painted Pot – copper/black

For this pot, I painted a plain terra cotta orchid pot black.  Next I dipped my brush in black paint and copper paint at the same time and painted over the black until I got a look that I liked.  Then I brushed on Minwax Polyacrylic Satin – 2 coats. I don’t remember what black paint I used but the copper was acrylic craft paint.  I applied the paints and clear coat with a foam brush.

Here are my next two pots:

Painted Pots – Faux Metallic

These plain terra cotta pots were first painted with Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Satin Black.  Rustoleum Universal has primer in it so it is designed to stick to a variety of surfaces.  I only painted the outside of the pots and just enough inside the rim so any plants would not be contaminated by the paint.  I don’t know if they would anyway but as a precaution that is what I chose to do.

The silvery one was then painted with Martha Stewart Precious Metals in Mirror Glass.  I was planning to use the black paint as a primer only but I got such great comments about it that I did not paint a second coat of the Mirror Glass but instead allowed the black to show through. On the saucer I did paint to coats so the black is covered.   I think it looks great both ways.  Once the paint was dry, (about 24 hours) I protected the pot with Minwax Polyacrylic Satin – 2 coats.

The copper pot was painted in much the same way as my first pot but over the primer I used Behr Ultra Paint in Sweet Molasses instead of black.  Since Behr Ultra can be purchased in sample sizes (8 oz) you can get it tinted in any color you want which is great for craft projects.  It only comes in a flat sheen but that is fine since I usually would be using a clear coat on top anyway.

After the sprayed coat of Rustoleum Universal dried, I brushed the pot with Behr Sweet Molasses.   When that coat was dry, I dipped my brush in Sweet Molasses and copper paint at the same time and without mixing the two colors painted the pot until I achieved the look I wanted.  I waited about 24 hours then coated the pot with the satin clear coat – brushed on.   This is so far my favorite look of the painted projects I have done.  I plan to use it for other things.