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Day 3 – DIY Painted Terracotta

DIY Painted Terracotta

After 2 DIY’s that take a few hours to complete, here is on that provides instant gratification.

Every time I am trying out a new color on my walls or for a client, I am mighty excited. I am even more excited when I have some leftover wall paint. So this DIY is super easy with brilliant results.

What I used?

  1. Terracotta or Earthen ware – pots, figurines, anything.
  2. Leftover wall paint
  3. Wall painting brush
  4. water (Spray can is good)

How to do it?

  1. Clean the surface of the pot or earthen object you want to paint on.
  2. Thin the paint with water. For normal application the paint -water ratio is 1:0.6, here you can go 1:1
  3. Spray the earthen surface with water, the water will get absorbed eaisily. What this does is cools the surface and prevents it from absorbing water in the paint and giving you a patchy surface.
  4. Use a brush and paint the surface. It dries in a matter of minutes.
  5. Do a second coat as soon as the first coat looks dry. This will give an even color.

TaDaaaa… We are done!!

DIY Painted Terracotta

The wall paint gives it a rich matt finish , they look brilliant. I want to try it on large urns to place them outside my office, but havnt found the size I want. I’ve tried the idea in Artsycraftsymoms Studio too.

Now that you know the secret, keep a lookout at those roadside terracotta ware sellers. You get some lovely stuff for a fair price too. If you are in Bangalore, schedule a visit to the pottery town, you will find an amazing collection of garden accessories, masks, pots, etc. The people are good and prices are also reasonable.

DIY Painted Terracotta

P.S. If you want to take this idea commercially, dont compromise on the quality of paint. Use Asian Paint Apex or Apex ultima (No, this post is not sponsored by Asian paints), they are rich in color, mould proof and will withstand any weather, so perfect for outdoors. Happy customers, happy business and happy you πŸ™‚

DIY Painted Terracotta

4 thoughts on “Day 3 – DIY Painted Terracotta”

  1. Aditi

    Hey Preethi, Yet another lovely post. Have been following you silently. Home Decor is very close to my heart too. Would you mind sharing where is this pottery town in banaglore .. Have been living here since ages .. but never really got to hear about pottery town πŸ™‚


    • Preethi

      Hi Aditi, Thank you so much for writing. I am very thrilled when I have new people leaving me comments. Do try a few DIY’s and let me know how it went.

      Pottery town is very close to Benson town and the potters are in the pottery lane only. Follow the gps, along the railway line, you will see a large government school building, its the lane to the schools left.

  2. Lakshmi

    This is my favorite one as you can change the color anytime you want to. My pots have seen so many colors over the years. For bigger pots, I usually immerse them in a bucket of water and leave them for a couple of hours. It absorbs less paint that way. When exposed to direct sun, however, the paint peels off after sometime. Which calls for another fun day of DIY πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see what exciting stuff is in store next week.

    • Preethi

      The paint peels off only if there are too many layers on it Lakshmi. Also the newer exterior paints with new technology are quite durable.