Most of my ideas begin with dishes, fabric, or books. The “dish” that inspired me to Paint A Flower Pot That Coordinates With Your Dinnerware was a Baum Brothers Red Check Rooster salad plate from the Style Eyes Collection. The rooster salad plates were a perfect match for the farm animal theme I’ve been curating in the little cottage this spring. Plus, the abstract rooster looked fun to paint. I want to use the hand painted rooster flower pot as a centerpiece for my newly-removed-from-the-shed oval maple dinner table. It has a checked border on the center leaf, which looks wonderful with the Baum Brothers rooster salad plates.
My oval maple table goes with my maple china cabinet. However, it was tranferred to our shed 11 years ago when our 5th child was born. It was too small, even with an added 24″ leaf, for 7 people. I ressurected it recently because my oldest daughter is living in North Carolina now, and my 3rd child is in college. We can comfortably seat 6 at the maple table, and rarely have more than 5 diners. Years ago, I painted our lowcountry cottage in the middle (see the palmetto trees), then added the checked border. Back then we didn’t have the red tin roof, and the shutters were green instead of terra cotta. On the inside, our cottage was decorated in French Country style, so everything was black, red, and yellow, with a swath of French blue. These days I prefer an “aquired over time” look, rather than floor to ceiling trendy decor, but I still love this table. Fittingly, our painted cottage has a rooster weather vane on top.
After years in the shed, the table mural paint looks worn, and the table’s finish has an aged patina. Perfect! So, in honor of my old-new maple table, I created a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. I’m going to repaint the “Welcome to Our Home” part on the 24″ leaf, but leave the rest as is.
- 8″ terra cotta flower pot, with tray
- paper plates or paint palette
- brushes- 1″ sponge, 1/4″ angle, small round brush, 0/0 liner brush
- Apple Barrel 20408 White, 20409E Black, 21473E Pale Daffodil, 20432E Nutmeg, 20407 Hunter Green, 2605E Crimson *some of my paints are GLOSS. You don’t have to use GLOSS. It’s more expensive, and you’re going to add a gloss spray sheen anyway.
- Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss Finish Spray
- pencil, paper, and clear tape (to make the rooster pattern)
Directions for the Hand Painted Rooster Flower Pot
First, remove all the stickers. Then, paint the tray Hunter Green. Mix White, Pale Daffodil, and Nutmeg for the flower pot (use the proportions shown in the picture above). Paint both using the 1″ sponge brush. Don’t throw away the mixed yellow paint-you will need it again. A fresh mixture might not be exactly the same color. Paint will keep in the freezer, but you have to let it thaw out when you use it again. If I have to leave, or do a chore, I place my paper plate of paint in the freezer. Use a hair dryer to hurry the drying process, if desired. The pot will need about four coats of paint for adequate coverage. The tray will need two.
Once everything is nice and dry, paint the rim of the flower pot Hunter Green with the 1″ sponge brush. Rinse your brush, then practice making Crimson stripes on your paper plate palette. Make stripes about 1″ apart. Don’t worry if the bottom edge of the stripe is jagged. We will fix that with the mixed yellow paint later.
Lay a piece of paper over the rooster plate and trace it with a pencil. Cricut, eat your heart out. Tape the pattern to your flower pot, then trace around it with the pencil. You can fit 4 roosters, placed two finger widths apart, on an 8″ flower pot. Not very scientific, but true. remember, you’re using a pencil. If you mess up, just erase it.
Paint the Crimson crown, beak , wattle, and top feather with the 1/4 angle brush. Use Hunter Green and the 1/4 angle brush to paint the feathers.
Mix Black and White to make a small amount of gray. Use the round brush to paint 12 small gray circles on the rooster’s head. Paint the Black details with the liner brush.
Paint four Crimson circles on the wing with the round brush.
Paint the circles on the wing and body with the round brush and the mixed yellow paint. Fill in the feet with a mixture of Pale daffodil and Nutmeg, using the 1/4″ angle brush.
Outline the wing with Hunter Green and the liner brush. Fill in the inner parts of the wing with the round brush and White. Paint the feet details with Nutmeg and the liner brush.
Sign your initials and the year with the liner brush and mixed gray.
Erase stray pencil marks, and touch up sloppy edges. Paint mixed yellow over any jagged edges on the red checks.
Rub your finger upwards over the 1/4″ angle brush, dipped in Black, to spray Black specks all around the pot.
Once everything is completely dry, take your hand painted rooster flower pot outside, and spray it with Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss Finish Spray.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed Paint a Flower Pot That Coordinates With Your Dinnerware!
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