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Painting Terracotta Pots

By: H. Iacobacci-Miller

What do you do with that stack of plain terracotta pots? They are great for decorating because they’re inexpensive and versatile. Use them for planters, candle holders, or even side tables. However, they can be plain.

Well, you don’t have to accept their plainness any longer. Spruce up your terracotta pots with a splash of paint to suit your color scheme using these techniques.



  • High-quality spray paint - your choice of color(s).
  • High-quality spray on primer.
  • High-quality clear coat/sealer (matte or gloss).
  • Terracotta pots (new or used).


  1. Carefully clean your terracotta pots and let dry thoroughly. It is important that they are completely free from dust or dirt and are dry.
  2. Prime the pots, inside and out, covering every inch. Let dry completely and then repeat. It is important that you cover inside just as well as the outside.
  3. Spray the pots whatever color(s) you wish covering inside and outside. Let dry between coats. You may need to do 3–4 coats to ensure complete coverage.
  4. Spray on your clear coat/sealer. It is important that you cover the inside and outside completely. Let dry between coats. You may need to do 2–3 coats.

* Please note that painting the inside is very important. It will help prevent moisture from seeping through and causing the outside paint to bubble and peel off.