Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Flower Pot Makeover

Some very dear friends of ours surprised me with this beautiful Orchid plant for my birthday.

It came in an ordinary plastic container, so my first task was to find it a pot worthy of its beauty.

But the only one I had on hand that was the perfect size for it was this plain old terra cotta pot.

Not very exciting right? Well, the other day as I was looking around Blogland I came across Michelle's Sweet Something Designs blog who had a tutorial (click here) on this cool "Chippy Paint Finish" technique.

First, I covered the pot with spackle to give it some texture.

Once the spackle was dry, I gave it a coat of brown acrylic paint.

And the last step was dry brushing the entire pot with a creamy white paint. I left out a crackling step because I didn't have any crackling paint on hand. All that was left was to seal it.

I love how it turned out. Thank you Michelle!

Very shabby and chic don't you think? Now all I need is to learn how to take care of an Orchid. Any tips?


Thank you for stopping by today.

Please come and visit with me again soon.

Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,


Vicki said...

Good morning Ana, I"m trying to do a catch-up on blogs...Been too busy writing! Love the beautiful Orchid and the new home for're so clever!
Have a great Wednesday and I'll try to be back more often...

Janet said...

Nice! Gee how many times could I of done that lol Thank you!

Deb said...

I really like it....a plain pot turned chic...good job girl...

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Ana, Awesome!! Thank you so much for stopping by so I could find you! Excellent job on the terra cotta pot! I can't help you with the care of the orchid, but really, great piece to try the technique on! Thanks so much for linking back to me!

Denise Auras said...

... Que lindo que ficou, um toque especial.Parabéns!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ana, oooh, your orchid is just beautiful and so is the little pot you painted for it... perfect! You need to keep the soil moist, but not soggy... also, I catch rainwater in a bucket for my tropical plants, like African Violets too... and be sure to not get the leaves wet! I never use tapwater for those because of all the yucky chemicals and chlorine in the water, it will kill it... xoxo Julie Marie

Jann said...

Very shabby-chic--I just love this!

christie repasy said...

hi Ana, I hope you had a wonderful birthday. The orchid plant is beautiful and I like how your pot turned out. I tryed to paint an orchid once, it was hard for me to capture its beauty, and after I finished I thought I better stick to the rose.

Kate said...

Hi Ana
I love how your pot turned out so fabulous!!! What a nifty idea and you were so very sweet to share it with us!!! The orchid looks perfect in it and those keys next to it are the perfect touch. Have a beautiful day my sweet friend.

Love you

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

I asked the same Orchids question a few posts ago. Too funny. Just find a sunny (but not too much or direct) window to plop her in, make sure she doesn't dry out or get over watered (once a week for mine) and all should be right with the orchid. Love the makeover too.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Ana,
Love what you did with the pot! Your orchid is lovely in it; good job! Have a beautiful day.


Dawn said...

What a sweet gift. It looks right at home now that you've "romanticized" that clay pot!
I must have missed your Birthday I hope it was a great day for you.

Cindy said...

Hi Ana, I love what you did to that pot. I have three that need a makeover, I see one in their future! Hugs, Cindy S.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Ana,

What a sweet birthday gift, a pretty orchid and I love the way you have decorated the pot.
My Mother used to grow orchids and I think they were pretty hardy. Good luck with it.

Enjoy your Thursday

Stacey said...

That IS very shabby chic. I love it! I also love your picture in the post before this one. I love your hair and your boots and you are so stinkin cute! =) XOXO

maria elena said...

Ana .. espero que hayas pasado muy lindo el cumpleaños y muy bella esta orquidea...precioso el color y con la maceta reciclada le has dado un toque especial.. besitos

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Great job, Ana! Turned out wonderful. Love your table set! Have a lovely weekend. xo

Betsy said...

Glad I found your blog, I like your flower pot the way you transformed it. I really love the orchid. I just have a fake one, couldn't keep the real ones alive.
Have a wonderful day!

Shirley said...

Your orchid is beautiful. I like how you made your pot over. I don't have a green thumb as the saying goes. Take care

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a beautiful gift and your pot makeover turned out perfectly for it. In Sri Lanka, we visited a greenhoue at the botanical gardens that were filled with orchids of all sorts and colors, growing out of so many different things. It was lovely and amazing! But I know nothing about taking care of them. I am sure they will flourish with your love and attention. Many blessings, Tammy

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn Ana ~ Well, isn't she a beauty all decked out in her new 'duds' ... clever gal you are. Love the 'new' pot.

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
Have a lovely weekend.
TTFN, Hugs ~ Marydon

Willow said...

It does look so much better and the table arrangement looks very pretty. I have a brown thumb so cannot give advice on flowers. I have to work overtime to get my stuff to grow. Now My Mom had a green thumb.



love your sweet orchid. I love them. You did a great job on the pot. fits right in with the rest of the table. Love the picture of you and your new boots. I love your style!
Thank you for your kind words on my post.
Blessings always!

Vicki said...

Hello, dear Ana,
The orchid is beautiful! I love the way you "aged" the clay pot! I don't know a thing about the orchids care, but I would love to have one. I hope you have a terrific weekend, my friend! Vicki

DANY said...

very beautiful work

CIELO said...

Well done! I need to do something like that with my terracotta pots, so thanks for the instructions... ;)

Happy Sunday!


Cousin B said...

I really like the outcome of that pot! Cute! I think I read somewhere that orchids need to be misted? Nice thing about the internet, you can find tips on anything! good luck!