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Easy Outdoor DIY: How to Spray Paint Resin Pots

easy outoor diy painted pots at Tatertots and Jello

Over the years I have accumulated quite a few resin pots. I love them because they are lightweight and easy to move around the yard. They also hold up really well through the winter. What I didn’t like is that they were all various shades of tan or brown. As I was looking over my yard and trying to decide what to do to make it cuter, I thought I needed new pots. But they are so expensive! So I wondered what would happen if I tried to spray paint them?

painting my pots yellow

So I gathered them all up – about 12 total. I got out my plastic sheeting, spread it out and got to work.

easy diy painted pots at Tatertots and Jello

Here are some tips I discovered, just in case YOU want to try spray painting some pots at YOUR house. Plus, resin pots are a great thing to pick up as you go to yard sales this summer!

easy outdoor DIY Painting Pots at Tatertots and Jello

10 Tips for Spray Painting Resin Flower Pots: 

  1. Get a spray paint that is made to be used with plastic/resin (resin is a type of plastic) surfaces. I used Krylon’s Fusion Spray Paint and the color is Sunbeam. If you can’t find a color you like in spray paint for plastic surfaces, you can spray your pots with special primer that is made to adhere to plastic and then you can spray any indoor/outdoor spray paint over the primer and it will adhere well.
  2. Take the dirt out of the resin pot or cover the dirt with a layer of plastic wrap (poke toothpicks through the plastic wrap and this week keep the plastic wrap on top of the soil while you  spray paint it. (you will want to spray the edges of the pot and right inside the lip of the pot. So if your dirt is too high, you will need to take some out to spray that part)
  3. Clean the outside of the pot with soap and water. 
  4. Lightly sand the outside of the pot with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe the pot down again using a damp cloth.
  5. Put the pots on top of either a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect your surface.
  6. Spray the pot with your spray paint. Hold the can about 8-10 inches away from the pot and give it a light spray.
  7. Don’t spray too thick or you will get drips.
  8. Let the pots dry between coats and recoat every 30 minutes or so until you have good coverage. For the last coat, you will want to either turn the pot upside down and spray the bottom outside area, or if you still have dirt inside, tilt the pot and spray that bottom section so you have a sraight paint line at the bottom of the pot.
  9. I sprayed my pots about 4 times each, using light coats.
  10. Let the pots dry overnight before you plant anything in them or move them around.

painted yellow pots at tatertotsandjello.com

I LOVE the way the pots are all a uniform color now and I love the way the YELLOW looks with the grey in my outdoor rug and cushions.

painted pots before and after

So pretty!

patio set before

tiered outdoor planter at Tatertots and Jello


I also made a tiered flower container and put it on my metal coffee table. I found the cushions at Walmart – can you believe that?? I love that yellow. It really updates that little conversation space.

making a tiered planter

painted pots at tatertotsandjello.com

And here’s my next outdoor DIY:

my next outdoor diy

See this outdated swing?? I am going to recover it using these outdoor tablecloths from Target.

target tablecloths

I think it’s going to really be so colorful and fun when it gets done. I can’t wait!!


grey and yellow outdoor space at Tatertots and jello

And I like that the backyard kind of goes with my front porch too:

spring porch 2013


Have a Creative Day!! 


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  2. If the resin pots are new, it is necessary to sand them down?

  3. I too paint pots various colors. I have half whiskey barrels with plants; can they be painted also?

  4. As always I am amazed and inspired!

  5. Everything is so beautiful! I love the yellow and the yellow/gray color combo. Those Walmart cushions are fabulous!

  6. These turned out GREAT!! I love the yellow. Pinning!
    xo, Claire

  7. Awesome! I love the yellow with the gray. Makes me want new cushions too:) We moved into a log home in Aug. Today we found resin & clay pots she had left. Now I know what to do with the resin pots! Also love your cheery entryway. Can’t wait to see the finished swing!

  8. Kathy Watkins says:

    I love the cheron rugs in your post. Did you paint them or buy them?

  9. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Love how that ties everything together! So bright and cheerful.

  11. Looks great Jen! I am loving the pops of yellow. Your backyard is beautiful 😉

  12. Your yard looks gorgeous! I love that you used two round tables together instead of one big one … I may steal that idea. Are those concrete tops on your tables? And if so, did you do that?

  13. Yellow is my FAV. color, i love these pots design, such a beautiful idea!!

  14. Love the vibrant, bold color of your pots! Wonderful outdoor space you have there.

  15. I LOVE it Jen!! I am so ‘all over’ your colour scheme… my house is getting a major dose of yellow these days too. Can’t wait to add some to the outside!! Your space is looking amazing!

  16. Fantastic transformation. The yellow really brightens up the yard, which is beautiful by the way. Love the fabric you chose for the swing.

  17. Your yard looks amazing! Great idea with the pots:-)

  18. Jo Ann says:

    I am not a very good spray painter, but I have done many of my old plastic flower pots and they look great! Easiest project ever!

  19. Love that yellow! Now I want to do everything outside in yellow and gray…one of my favorite color combinations.

  20. Chequita Burgess says:

    Oh my! I love those! So bright & cheery!

  21. Thank you for posting about this! Have plans to paint our old pots yellow too! I think I caught your yellow decorating fever!

  22. Love this idea! It really makes such a big impact!

  23. Jen- Love your creations! But I am very interested to see how your DIY project with your swing turns out. I am not a seamstress, nor do I own a sewing machine, so i’m interested to see how you use the table cloths!

  24. this is all beautiful! so lovely, Jen! i haven’t even started on mine! hoping to get to it this week!


  25. i bet everyone just smiles when they come to your house Jen! it’s so full of color!! LOVE what you’ve done in the back yard!

  26. Sue D. says:

    Yellow is the best color. I have to check my WalMart for the great cushions. Thanks for the great tips on painting the pots….if there is no wind today it is definitely on my to do list.

    • Sue-
      Stopped by our local Walmart today for the yellow cushions. No luck, but I am happy to say that I went away with 5 Cans of the Sunbeam Spray Paint, 2 new pots and a drop cloth! This girl is ready….. now only if Mother Nature will cooperate by providing a nice day or two of sunshine. :) Jen has definitely unleashed some excitement!

  27. Adds so much colour! Love the reupholstered chair cushions. What a difference!

  28. Love the yellow! And I can’t believe those cushions are from Wal-Mart… What a gorgeous backyard, Jen, with perfect seating areas. :)

  29. Love the yellow pots! I will be looking for pots at garage sales this summer!

  30. The pots look awesome and I love the new cushions!!! Cute, cute!


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