How to personalise your potted plants

Show your potted plants off in a self-decorated container using our step-by-step guide

You will need

• Brushes

Resene Waterborne Sureseal pigmented sealer for glazed pots or Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer for terracotta pots

• Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path paint or Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect coating

Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat

• Resene testpots in colours of your choice

• Painter’s masking tape

Gather your section of indoor or outdoor pots and vases. These can be new, ones you already have at home or containers you have found at op-shops. Before starting, ensure the pots are well dusted and dirt-free.

Step 1

For glazed pots, first cover them with a coat of Resene Sureseal pigmented sealer. Alternatively, if the ones you’re using are terracotta, you can use Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer.

Step 2

Allow this to fully dry, then apply a coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat. To make vases textured, apply a coat of Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path paint instead of primer. Allow this coat to dry fully before applying colours of your choice.

Step 3

For indoor vases, you can take a bunch of random vases and unify them by painting them all with Resene Lumbersider in Resene Foundry to give a dramatic effect.

Step 4

For outdoor pots, try various designs – some you can draw freehand and others using painter’s masking tape to create crisp, contrasting strips. You’re really only limited by your imagination.


For an extra- glossy finish on exterior pots, finish in Resene Clearcoat UVS. It will help protect bright colours and make the pot easier to clean.

More Resene colours to try (left to right): Resene Summer Rose, Resene Twice as Nice, Resene Sugar Plum Fairy.

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