Cobalt Painted Planter


Welcome to my new series, Greenify! Working with planters, paint, and plants I already have, I will be creating re-imagined planters for my home while also learning more about the plants that occupy them.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I took a late honeymoon in Morocco. I was so inspired by the colors, smells, textures, and people there; an incredible place I highly recommend visiting. One particular color that has stayed with me is the ultramarine of the Majorelle Gardens. It is vibrant and uplifting, and I think this planter is perfect for it. Coupled with a snake plant, this combo has some major Moroccan flair.

To revamp this planter, I grabbed:

  • Sealant for the inside
  • white acrylic paint
  • ultramarine acrylic paint
  • a large paintbrush
  • a small paintbrush

  • lazy susan
  • a spray on surface sealer
  • a piece of plastic
  • soil
  • snake plant
  • (optional) bucket and trowel

Start by sealing the inside of the planter with surface sealer. This keeps any moisture from seeping through the terra cotta. Set aside to dry.

Then paint the outside surface with white paint using the large paintbrush. Because the terra cotta is so porous, it’s a good ideas to go with two coats of paint. It helps to create a uniform surface and really make the ultramarine pop! Be sure to let the paint to dry in between coats.

Using the large paintbrush, apply two coats of ultramarine paint, allowing each coat to dry in between.

Then use the small paintbrush for touch-ups. I found little spots where the paint didn’t make it and was able to easily cover those.

Taking the planter outside, or in a well ventilated area, lay down a piece of plastic and seal the outside of the planter with sealer. Allow to dry. You’ll know it’s ready when the exterior doesn’t feel tacky to the touch.

Make a soil mixture that drains well. Mine is made of worm compost, sand, perilite, and potting soil. I went with this mix because snake plants hate a soggy bottom.

Then add the snake plants. Be sure to plant their rhizomes (you’ll see lots of little roots coming out of them) in the same spot they were previously.


And some fun facts I learned about the Snake Plant (known by it’s scientific name as Sansevieria):

Basically these plants thrive when you just leave them alone. Pretty cool.

Yay! Looks great and learned something new. Bonus!

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to seeing what others come up with!

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Hello, I’m Maren. I was raised in the wilds of Oregon. Hunting and gathering and chasing coyotes.