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Quick Project: Makeover for Concrete Plant Pots

It is time to re-pot my Peace Lilies and I bought some new concrete pots and gave them a quick Rust-Oleum spray paint makeover.




I have previously moaned about the lack of choice when it comes to decorative pots for plants and even went as far as making holes in a ceramic vase to turn it into a flower pot. Nothing has changed since then. I am still unable to find any halfway decent flower pots out there. This time, I popped into my local Builders store and grabbed a selection of small, medium and large concrete pots and opted to give them a spray paint makeover.








Spray painting the concrete pots is a simple project that won't take long, but I did want to share a couple of tips with you for a more professional finish.







Use Painter's Tape

Since the introduction of painter's tape, I don't bother using masking tape for any of my painting projects. I have found that the sticky side is useless in most situations and it's just a waste of time and effort.

The best product to use is painter's tape. This blue tape has far more tack on the back but not enough so that it pulls off your painted finish. You can also apply this tape almost anywhere and can even curve it around a circular or round objects, as it has some flexibility.

Another great reason for using painter's tape for all your painting projects is the fact that paint doesn't bleed underneath the edge of the tape, which it almost always does when using masking tape. As long as you make sure to press the edges down - you won't have any paint bleed.



Apply Tape Properly

Is there a wrong way and a right way to apply tape? There is when it comes to your painting projects. If you want a professional finish for all your painting projects, take the time to apply it properly. In this instance, we are masking off for striped around the pots, and it is important to get the thickness of the stripes right, otherwise, you will end up with wavy, uneven stripes that you will have to paint over.

Measure and mark the location for any strips and then apply the tape along these marks for perfectly straight and even stripes.








Prevent Overlap Marks

Another trick you will want to keep in mind when masking off for painting projects is to always ensure that the beginning and ends of the tape line up. If the end of the tape doesn't line up with the beginning, you are going to end up with overlap marks that will spoil your project.





Keep the Cost Down

Painter's tape is a bit more pricey than ordinary masking tape, but you can save a bit of money by also using masking tape on other areas - non-important areas - of you painting projects. For example, for this project, I use painter's tape to mark off the stripes and prevent bleed and I used masking tape to cover up the base of the pots and protect from overspray.



Now that you have seen how you can save yourself time and have a professional project... get spray painting!



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