There is no need to purchase expensive, containers for your plants. Those old staid concrete urns and black plastic flower pots can be painted in bright colours to zip up your garden. A positive POT MAKEOVER.
There are a number of paints on the market specially formulated for use on concrete. However, these can prove to be expensive and are rarely bright colours. In this instance there is no reason why you cannot use brightly coloured, exterior quality, emulsion paint.
First, let us deal with concrete containers.
Ensure the surface you are painting is dry and free of both grease and dust.
Choose the colour emulsion paint you are going to use and pour a small amount into a paint pot or glass jar, about as much as might cover the container with one coat of paint. Add about one third, in volume, of water to this paint and mix thoroughly. Give your concrete container a coat of this diluted paint. You will see, it partly soaks into the concrete. This will give a sound key for the next applied coat.
Paint the outside of the pot and the first 2 or 3 inches (5cms-8cms) down from the top on the inside. This means that the top inside part of the container, above the soil line, will be the same colour as the outside.
Allow the first coat to dry then add a second coat of paint, but this time, undiluted. That's it! It's that simple. There you have one attractive concrete container.
Painting plastic flower pots, however, requires a slightly different process. You will need to apply a coat of PVA glue first. The glue is milky white in appearance when first applied, but will be colourless when dry.
The glue should be readily available in hardware stores.
Clean the surfaces to be painted, then cover the outside and first 2 or 3 inches (5cms to 8 cms) of the top inside of the plastic pot with PVA glue straight from the tin, using a paintbrush.
Once the glue has dried, give the container at least two coats of paint to ensure the surfaces are completely covered.
NOTE: Unlike with concrete containers, it is unnecessary to dilute the first coat of paint.
Black plastic is so much brighter for a coat of paint.
At first glance, it is difficult to tell the difference between concrete and plastic containers once they have been painted.
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