As most of you know, terra-cotta is a naturally porous material. It acts like a wick absorbing moisture through the wall of the pot .
A terra-cotta orchid pot provides exceptional drainage and circulation for an orchid plant.
This is the second terra-cotta pot that I’ve painted. Next time I will lightly sand any rough spots, especially on the bottom of the pot. I read this tip after I painted both pots. It’s not necessary to sand but it’s nice to have a smooth surface.
You’ll recognize the Ocean Mist color that I also used on the pine outdoor table. I sprayed two coats on the orchid pot.
It’s absolutely necessary to spray terra-cotta pots on the inside with a sealer before painting. If you skip this step, when watering a plant, the moisture will bubble the paint.
I bought PLAID Clay Pot Sealer at Michaels but there are many sealers, such as Thompson’s WaterSeal for multi-surfaces.
I sprayed the terra-cotta pot with the sealer and let it dry for 24 hours before painting.
Followed with two coats of RUST-OLEUM 2X in Ocean Mist.
Next I’ll paint something decorative with the DecoArt Patio Paint and ArtMinds exterior paint that I bought at Michaels.