Revisit: Painting the Garden | Maine Country Home

It’s been about three weeks since I put my colorfully painted terracotta pots outside, so I thought it would be a good idea to update you all on how the paint is holding up.

Remember how they looked when I first painted them? Too cute!

I painted half in Chalk Paint®, and the other half in Milk Paint.  I was pleasantly surprised by how well both paints held up in the elements.

During these three weeks we’ve had varying temperatures (springtime in Maine is always a little iffy), bright sunshine, and torrential downpours.  Regardless, these clay pots have been put through a lot in a short amount of time!

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The pots with Chalk Paint® held up exactly how I thought they would, like champs.  They look almost like I painted them yesterday.  Aside from some scuffing, and a little dirt, they look amazing!  I expect them to weather more as the summer goes on, however.  I’ll let you know!  One pot had some abnormal chipping on the top, the top one painted in Louis Blue.  I attribute that to there being something on the pot that resisted the paint.  Another good reason to give whatever you’re painting a good wash before you paint it!  You never know what’s hiding on the surface that you can’t see.

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The Milk Painted pots also held up amazingly well.  As those who have painted with Milk Paint before will know, this paint is known for its unpredictable chipping attributes.  These pots were no different!  Again, there was probably something on the surface of the pot that resisted the paint that I couldn’t see.  I was too excited to start this project that I didn’t take the time to properly wash the pots, some of them were still covered in dirt when I applied the paint.  Lesson learned, I’ll be better at cleaning from now on!  But in this instance I like the chipping, it gives age and texture to an otherwise boring surface.

I’ll keep you updated on how the paint continues to hold up during the summer months, but I’m so pleased at the result so far!  So go on, pick something to paint outside and get to it!  There’s no excuse now not to get creative on your exterior spaces, Chalk Paint and Milk Paint hereby have our seal of approval for exterior use.

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