How to Paint Concrete Planters

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In this post: Concrete planters are beautiful and ugly all at the same time.  The good news is that you can paint them!  In this post, I’ll share how to paint concrete planters and what kind of paint works best!

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Years upon years have I had this planter.  I’m talking YEARS.

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I have others that I’ve painted, but I let this one sit and sit and sit and, one day last week, I heard it venting to its little herbs.

I think I might have even heard a sob or too.

So, I took pity on this sad, little, ugly concrete planter and I’m going to give you the deets on how I gave her a little face lift.

It’s actually quite simple.

How to Paint Concrete Planters

For these planters, I used regular acrylic paint and then a metallic glaze over the paint.

But for these, I went a different route.

Tip #1: Use Exterior Paint for Painting Cement Pots

I used some white exterior paint that I had on hand.  Using exterior paint ensures that your updates will last through the bad summer storms. You can grab some at your local hardware store.  They will know exactly what kind of paint to tell you to get for painting your concrete pots.

I thought about not painting this until I killed the herbs died. But I couldn’t take it anymore.

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I needed to find a way to project my sweet little herbs that were in this old cement flower pot.

Tip #2: Protect your plants {if you have plants already in your cement pots}

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I had a flash of inspiration and realized I could protect my little greenies by taking some paper and sticking it in between the pot and the plants.

Worked like a charm!

Tip #3: Use an inexpensive paint brush when painting your cement planters.

I took some simple dollar store brushes and used them to paint this planter with white exterior paint.

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I didn’t go for perfection here, because as you can see from the photo above, there is no such thing as perfection when it comes to concrete planters!  These pots have all kinds of air bubbles in them so no worries about getting your painting perfect.

However,  for some of them, I took that cheap brush and stippled the holes to try and get some of them covered.  After a while, I just sort of gave into the imperfection.  This concrete flower pot looks so much better with a white coat of paint that the holes are really a non-issue for me.

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How long does it take to paint a concrete flower pot?

It only took about 30 minutes, which is awesome ROI for a DIY project.

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If you have some old cement flower pots that have seen better days, just grab some supplies and get to making them over! Painting cement pots is a quick and easy DIY that will make your porch all kinds of bright and cheerful.

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