Upcycling project: how to create your own colourful terrazzo planters

Follow this easy step-by-step project and smarten up your pots with an on-trend paint makeover

Decorated pots with succulents
(Image credit: Wilko)

Brighten up your indoor or outdoor space with colourful terrazzo designs you can paint at home. Terrazzo prints have been top of the interior trend list for a while now, so why not grab a paintbrush and set about livening up a set of plain planters? Simply pick colours to match your garden scheme then protect from the elements by adding a coat of clear varnish. You can fill them with on-trend succulents or maybe some trailing foliage.

Terrazzo is a great way to add subtle pops of colour to your decor, and with this simple paint technique you can create a bespoke design. If you prefer a more neutral palette, swap bright shades for Mediterranean yellows and oranges or industrial blues and greys.

You may have some existing planters to jazz up or you could buy some brand new. If you’re doing a set then stick to odd numbers and stagger them at varying heights. Scroll on for an easy-to-follow step by step on how to decorate your pots, then head over to our garden design ideas for more outdoor inspiration. 

  • Thanks to Rust-Oleum for sharing this stylish step-by-step guide with us

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Terrazzo planters painted and filled with succulents

(Image credit: Rust-Oleum)

STEP ONE: PREPARE YOUR POTS

Give your plant pots a thorough clean with soapy water then leave to dry. Once dry, place a large dust sheet or some old newspapers in a well-ventilated area. 

STEP TWO: PRIME THE SURFACE

Spray the pots with Rust-Oleum surface primer and leave to dry. Apply a thin coat of Chalky Finish furniture paint and allow to dry, before applying a second.

STEP THREE: CREATE A SPECKLED BASE

Dip the tip of a dry, stiff-bristled paintbrush into a pot of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch. Use your finger to flick small specks of paint all over the planters. Allow to dry completely.

STEP FOUR: PAINT YOUR TERRAZZO PATTERN

Use a small, clean paintbrush and several different shades of Painter’s Touch to add a variety of coloured blobs in different shapes and sizes to form a terrazzo design. The more random the pattern, the better!

STEP FIVE: PROTECT YOUR PLANTERS

Finish your pots by applying two light coats of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear protective coat spray to protect your planters. Leave to dry between each coat. Plant your finished pots with succulents and place in a sunny spot to admire. Head over to our how to grow succulents feature for top growing tips. 

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