Painting Terra Cotta

If you have new terra cotta pots and you want them to look old and weathered, but you don’t have the patience, I have the answer, outdoor paints. If you have new terra cotta pots and you want them to look old and weathered, but you don’t have the patience, I have the answer, outdoor paints.

1. Check your local paint or craft store for acrylic paint that can be used on metal, wood, concrete, stone and you guessed it – terra cotta!

2. Take a naturally weathered pot and look at the deposits and discoloration; and see how they appear.

3. Then squeeze some paint on to a paper plate and use a sponge to apply it to your pot in a pattern to match the naturally weathered pot.

4. You’ll probably want a couple of different colors to layer on for more natural look. Once you’re happy with the results, simply let them dry.

5. These paints are also great for labeling your plants; simply paint the name of the plant onto the front or the top rim of the pot to make it a container and a marker all in one!

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.