Brilliant Shine On These DIY Gold Painted Pots

My Gilty Pleasure: Gold Painted Flowerpots

I’m pleasantly surprised at what a little gold paint can do to transform a plain, old flowerpot. My new “gilty” pleasure is to gilt everything in sight, because the results are so brilliant in such a short period of time. With a bit of experimentation and some different textured pots, I think these gold-painted flowerpots are the most expensive-looking transformation I have done!How to get brilliant shine on these DIY gold painted pots

First, some background. Earlier this month I attended a blogging conference (SNAP!) and as part of the festivities, we were paired up with another blogger to lavish her with gifts. I was lucky enough to have gifts bestowed on me by the talented Kari Byington, who gave me her favorite gold spray-paint. The cap has a mirror-like finish and I thought if I could get that kind of shine, it would put the humble terracotta flowerpot on a whole new level. I wasn’t hopeful about the results, knowing full well that terracotta’s porous clay and buffed texture would be pretty hard to get a glassy shine on. The results, however, were beautiful.Terracotta flowerpots

I used three different pots to test the final look.

1. a brand new pot with no texture

Gold painted terracotta pots AFTER Photo2. a pot with a slight brushed texture Gold Painted pot with brushed texture

3. an older pot that had some weatheringtextured gold painted terracotta pot


After I tested the terracotta, I decided to give some plastic nursery pots a shot of paint to see how they would turn out. Now here is where the magic really happened.Cyclamen and other indoor plants in DIY gold painted pots

These plastic pots that cost nothing would normally get tossed in the recycling bin after the plants made their way into the garden. However, with a coat of gold paint, these pots look 24-karat beautiful! And the shine. Oh, the shine. Using these plastic pots gives them that mirror-like shine that makes them look top-shelf.24 karat gold plant pots DIY instructions and tips

Ready to make your own?brilliant shine on these DIY gold painted pots

Here’s how to do it:


Make it!

  • First thing’s first: scrub that pot. Don’t skip this step or take a shortcut. Get out the soap and warm water and give the pot a nice, thorough scrubbing. Rinse it well and allow it to dry completely. You will thank me later for making sure you got it nice and clean when you have a perfect finish on the final pot.Plastic nursery plant pots
  • Get your safety equipment: safety glasses, mask, gloves, and cardboard to protect the surface you are spraying the paint on. Set up the cardboard or drop cloth OUTSIDE in a well-ventilated area. I know, I know, I’m starting to sound like your mom now. Just use your common sense and remember, safety first! Plus the project is so easy that really it doesn’t need that much instruction. Other than to share some tips that should be useful to you to be successful on the very first try.
  • Set the pots upside down on the cardboard.
  • Shake the paint can for at least one minute and then often throughout spraying. On my first attempt I didn’t shake the can long enough and the paint separated, splattered, and dripped all over my hands. It was a mess! The second time I shook that can for a solid minute and then some, and the finish was perfect.
  • Spray the pots evenly with a thin coat and let dry. Turn over and spray the tops and any parts you missed on the first go around. That’s it, one coat and you are ready to roll. I think mine took 10 minutes to dry. I left them for a few hours anyway, and then set in the plants.Painting plastic pots
  • The instructions on the paint say it is for indoor use so I have used indoor plants. I think that the terracotta pots would do just fine outdoors though, and if the paint starts to fade a bit, it will just add to the look.Gold painted plastic pots

There you have it. Resplendent gold painted flowerpots without breaking the bank or your back!How to transform plant pots with gold paint so they really shine


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Janet Vinyard
    Janet VinyardMay 8,16

    Hi Stephanie, What a great look – these gold pots would add classy glamour to any room! Well Done! Blessings, Janet

  2. A Stanzer
    A StanzerMay 13,16

    Give me a plant, I kill it. Why?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMay 16,16

      I’m not sure but there is plenty here to help you be successful! I hope your thumb turns green :)

  3. Stacey
    StaceyMay 13,16

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  4. Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
    Chelc | Inside the Fox DenMay 13,16

    Yes! Gold pots for the win! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  5. Ducks n a Row
    Ducks n a RowMay 13,16

    Just LOVE the gold! This is my Editor’s Pick for the upcoming Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Congrats♥

  6. Pat
    PatMay 14,16

    Wouldn’t the paint harm plants?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMay 16,16

      Hi Pat, the inside of the pots are not painted. Even if they were, I’m not sure it would be a problem for the plants. I wouldn’t do it with edibles but for most other decorative plants, it doesn;t concern me.

  7. Emily @ The Benson Street
    Emily @ The Benson StreetMay 15,16

    Love these gold planters!!! So pretty! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party!!

  8. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzledMay 17,16

    I have a yard full of painted pots so I’m a big fan. I’ve yet to try anything metallic. It looks great! Visiting from Dream to Reality party.

  9. KC the Kitchen Chopper
    KC the Kitchen ChopperMay 17,16

    Saw this at WonderfulWednesday. Congrats on your well deserved feature. This looks so awesome and easy. I just may give it a shot.

  10. Kim
    KimOctober 12,16

    What a fabulous idea to spray paint plastic planters! They DO look fabulous. What a great gift.

  11. Kari Wagner Hoban
    Kari Wagner HobanOctober 13,16

    I love this so much.

  12. Courtney
    CourtneyOctober 20,16

    So pretty- thanks for linking up!

  13. Urvi
    UrviAugust 3,17

    If I am printing earthen pot will the paint will not chip off as I already have plants in it can I paint them because my pots are really dirty or I have to empty then clean with warm water use the sealant & then paint please advice

  14. Carol
    CarolOctober 5,17

    we were just talking about painting cheap terra cotta pots a few days ago. Thanks for giving me the incentive to try this.

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