[redesigned] Painted Planter Pots

Chalkboard Painted Planter Pots | Redesigned By M

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been knee deep in gardening adventures ever since we made over our landscape. After making my own plant markers and planting the vegetables, I looked to fulfill another goal: tending an herb garden. As I have a pretty amazing sunroom that gets a lot of sun all year round, I thought this would be a good room to keep an indoor herb garden in the winter. I’m not sure if it’ll work, but I can at least try! In order to have an indoor herb garden, I’ll need to make sure the herbs are portable, so in pots they go!

Chalkboard Painted Planter Pots | Redesigned By M

I found these pots for FREE on Craigslist. They were an awesome find! Mostly, they were in great condition. A couple came with cracks. See my post here on how I repaired them.

Chalkboard Painted Planter Pots | Redesigned By M

They were also a bit dirty, but nothing a little washing couldn’t handle!

Chalkboard Painted Planter Pots | Redesigned By M

After I cleaned up the pots, I perched them onto various risers such as toilet paper tubes, container saucers, etc. I got the idea to paint these pots with chalkboard paint from Lia Griffith. If you don’t know Lia, you must get acquainted with her because she is AH-MAY-ZING! Would I lie to you? She painted her planter pots in chalkboard and after much debate about what I wanted to do with my own terra cotta pots, I decided chalkboard would be the way to go. Seriously, go check out her site. But finish reading my post first.

Chalkboard Painted Planter Pots with watering directions | Redesigned By M

Using my fabulous new chalk markers, I labeled each pot with the name of the herb as well as watering directions. I get so forgetful on which herbs need what sort of attention! This was a very simple project. Give it a try!

Total time: It took me 45 minutes to paint eight pots. I did it outside in the blazing hot sun, so these pots dried really quick.

Total cost: A quart of chalkboard paint cost me about $10, but I only used about a quarter of the can, if that. The pots were totally free thanks to Craigslist! 

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  1. I love these pots! We just redid our herb garden and have thrown away the watering instructions 😦 What a genius idea!

  2. So cute! Did you use a chalkboard marker? I like the look of your letters. Thanks for the shout out too.

  3. I did use a chalkboard marker… makes controlling the writing so much easier. You’re welcome for the shout out – you totally deserve it! ~M.

  4. That’s part of the reason why I thought chalkboard paint would be the best way to go: so I could include care instructions! My first time gardening and I wanted to make sure I got it right. ~M.

  5. These pots are adorable, such a great way to label herbs!

  6. Thank you! They’re very practical indeed. ~M.

  7. Reblogged this on handmade sparkly accessories and commented:
    The cuteness!

  8. Writing instructions is a great idea.. So even in our absence any other persons could water the plants..

  9. Exactly! I’m glad you saw the practicality in that. ~M.

  10. These are so cute! I have a ton of these clay pots just waiting for inspiration in the barn. I think I’ll paint them now for next year. I found you at That DIY party. I’d love it if you would share this at “What We Accomplished Wednesday,” at Green Willow Pond. It goes live on Tuesday nights at about 6 PM EST. Have a great week!


  11. Hi Deborah! Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to link up tomorrow. See you then! ~M.

  12. Love this! Chalkboard paint is possibly one of my favourite things in the world 😛

  13. free? you’re kidding me! that’s a great find. and I love your shot with your feet in it, so quirky.

  14. Love it, how fun and the pic of your feet is so cute too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. I quite like it too!

  16. Thank you! That’s one of my favorite photos, as well.

  17. Thank you so much and thanks for hosting! ~M.

  18. I love the directions right on the pots! So cute

  19. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the directions on the pots. Pinning!!!

  20. Thank you so much! They’ve really helped me remember what to do so I don’t destroy the herbs! ~M.

  21. Aww, thanks a million! ~M.

  22. Carrie From Carrie This Home

     /  July 31, 2013

    These are absolutely adorable! The fact that they were free makes it even better! Thanks for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home! I hope to see you back on Sunday night!

  23. I agree with you… free makes them better! ~M.

  24. Sherry

     /  July 31, 2013

    Really cute!

  25. Thank you! ~M.

  26. I didn’t know they had a chalkboard marker. The lettering you did is perfect! Thanks for sharing that. Linda Craftsalamode.com

  27. Following on Bloglovin and Facebook. Have a great week. Linda

  28. I also featured you tonight in the new party! Pinned also. Linda

  29. Yes! The marker also writes on glass, so it’s extremely versatile. Thanks for hosting the party and for the follows! ~M.

  30. I love the addition of watering directions!

  31. They’ve been very helpful!

  32. This is so cute! I love putting the watering directions on there also! Thanks for sharing this at TTF.


  33. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

     /  August 4, 2013

    Super cute idea! And the lettering is perfect!

  34. Thank you! ~M.

  35. Thank you! The directions have been very helpful! ~M.

  36. This is such a brilliant idea!! Perfect!

  37. Thank you!

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