Create a beautiful pot with 2 colors

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Create a beautiful pot with 2 colors

Project overview

Painting large pots can add charm to any home’s exterior or garden. Monarch’s latest Renew in 2 project will not only show you how to paint pots beautifully but also in a way that will make them last longer.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated time: 1 hour
  • People power: 1
  • Budget: Low

Step-by-step

STEP 1: Preparing your brushes

If you’re using water-based paint soak your brush in an inch of water for 10-15min, then remove and spin in between your hands to remove excess water. If you’re using oil-based paint, follow the same steps using turps.

STEP 2: Preparing your pot

If you’re renewing an old pot, scrape or sand off any old paint that’s flaking to create a smooth surface. Then wash with Monarch sugar soap and leave to dry completely before moving on to the next step. If you’re updating a new pot, just give it a good dust to ensure the surface is clean before you paint.

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STEP 3: Apply undercoat

Using your Monarch Smart lock foam mini roller, apply your first colour over the whole pot. It’s better to use 2 coats of lighter colour for this step, to ensure that your second colour shines through

STEP 4: Masking

Once you’ve decided on a design, whether it be stripes, geometric shapes, or simply two tones, lay your tape. Using a quality painters’ tape, tape along the outside edge of your design to ensure a clean edge.

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STEP 5: Apply your second colour

Load the Monarch moulding & skirting brush with the feature colour paint you have chosen. Start by painting about one cm away from the tape, and then paint your way towards the tape. This ensures a thick coat of paint doesn’t get collected under the tape. Apply 2 coats of your feature colour, waiting in between coats until the paint is completely dry.

STEP 6: Remove tape

Remove the tape whilst the paint is still tacky – this reduces the risk of your paintwork ripping off. If the base paint comes off, simple touch up the affected areas using your brush.

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STEP 7: Finishing up

Congratulations, you’re done! Scrape any leftover paint back into the tin for re-use. Wash your brushes and rollers thoroughly so you can use them for your next project.

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