How to Paint Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint

chalk paint flower pots
Lauren Thomann / The Spruce
  • Working Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $25

Are you looking for an easy chalk paint project that you can complete in an afternoon? This beginner-friendly tutorial will show you how to paint terracotta pots using chalky-finish paint. If you have mismatched flower pots, this DIY can help you create a more cohesive flower pot collection. The finished product is durable enough for indoor or outdoor use.


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What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Sanding block


  • Chalky-finish paint
  • Wax finish
  • Terracotta pot


  1. Clean Terracotta Pots Thoroughly

    If you're reusing flower pots, it's important to clean the pots first to remove any dirt and debris. Run cool water over the pot and scrub with a clean brush. If you use soap, make sure to rinse the flower pot thoroughly. Allow the pot to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

    painting flower pots
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  2. Apply the First Layer of Chalk Paint

    Use a painter's brush to apply an even coat of chalk paint to the terracotta pot. If you find that your chalk paint is too thick, dilute it with a few drops of water to create a better consistency. We opted to only paint the exterior of the flower pots and left the inside unpainted. Make sure to brush away any drips before proceeding.

    painting flower pots with chalk paint
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  3. Dab on a Second Color

    For an ombre effect, take a second paintbrush and dab on a second color of chalky paint. For better blending, do this step before the first color has completely dried. Go back in with the initial color and continue to blend using a dabbing motion. Continue this process until you are happy with the outcome. Allow your pots to dry. Most chalky finish paint should be dry to the touch in a couple of hours.

    painting a flower pot
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  4. Distress the Pots as Desired

    If you like your flower pots to look aged, then you can distress the pot using a sanding block. Once the paint is dry to the touch, gently rub the sanding block along the edges and raised sections of the pot. The harder you press, the more paint you will remove. The idea is to expose the base color underneath just enough to add character to the pots.

    chalk paint flower pot tutorial
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  5. Apply a Wax Finish

    Once you are happy with the finished look, apply a coat of wax sealant. This step is especially important if you plan on leaving the flower pots outdoors. There are several types of waxes and finishes for chalk paint, so pick one and then follow the manufacturer's instructions. You will notice that the wax will deepen the color of the chalk paint slightly.

    how to paint terracotta pots with chalk paint
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  6. Allow Pots to Dry Then Use

    Once the finish is applied and no longer wet, you're done! We hope you enjoyed this beginner chalky-finish paint tutorial. Painting flower pots is fun, easy, and it allows you to practice some chalk paint techniques on a smaller scale.

    chalk painted flower pots
    Lauren Thomann / The Spruce