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Winter planter

Mark Rayner shows you how to transform a humble terracotta pot into a bright and cheerful planter for some potted winter colour.

You will need: Terracotta pot, damp cloth, good quality potting mix, low-tack masking tape, and a paintbrush. Resene Terracotta Sealer, Resene testpots of Resene Alabaster and Resene Wild Thing, winter potted colour such as pansies or polyanthus.

To get the look: Mark painted the outdoor table with Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Woodstock.

Here’s another colour option: For a rich gold effect, paint the pot with one coat of Resene Porsche and two coats of Resene Bullion.

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Step 1 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 1
Wipe off any dust from the terracotta pot with a damp cloth and allow to dry. if the pot has been outside for any length of time it may be necessary to treat it with Resene Moss & Mould Killer.

Step 2 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 2
Apply one coat of Resene Terracotta sealer to the outside and underneath of the pot.

Step 3 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 3
Turn the pot over and apply one coat of Resene Terracotta sealer to the inside and top rim of the pot. Allow to dry.

Step 4 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 4
Apply one coat of Resene Alabaster to the outside and inner rim of the pot, as shown. Allow two hours to dry.

Step 5 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 5
Apply a second coat of Resene Alabaster to the outer rim and inner rim of the pot. Allow two hours to dry.

Step 6 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 6
Mask off the outer rim, as shown, using low-tack masking tape.

Step 7 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 7
Apply one coat of Resene Wild Thing to the outside of the pot, as shown. Allow two hours for the first coat to dry.

Step 7 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 8
Apply a second coat of Resene Wild Thing to the outside of the pot, as shown.

Step 9 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 9
Carefully remove the low-tack masking tape before the second coat has dried. Allow two hours to dry.

Step 10 how to transform a terracotta pot into a colourful planter

Step 10
Plant up with good quality potting mix and winter potted colour.

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