Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How NOT to Paint a Ceramic Horse.

This project started as a disaster; I'll be honest.

Daddy gave me this horse planter. It was really ugly, but I thought it would be great to paint white, so it would have a crisp, modern feel. Plus, it belonged to my grandma, and I wanted to keep it. I just didn't want to keep it ugly.

(Also, if it is worth a million dollars, please do not tell me because I ruined it.)

I decided to spray paint it white, so I scuffed it up with some sandpaper, and started spraying. The paint just dripped off of it.

I was super disappointed.

This is what it looked like after I attempted a couple of coats of spray paint.

Pretty bad, right?

I wasn't to be deterred though. I busted out my acrylic paint and started painting. and painting. and painting. until it was way past dark. You would not believe the layers of paint I put on this ugly thing. Once I was satisfied, I went to the garage and sprayed a clear coat of valspar over it to seal the acrylic paint. If I didn't, it would have chipped in 2 seconds flat.

Back when Daddy first gave me this thing, I bought this plant to put in it. He said that Grandma had a philodendron in it when it was at her house, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Just look at this majestic beast in my living room!

Ophelia is intrigued.

So, the moral of this story? Do not attempt to spray paint ceramic things and expect that it will cover it very well. If you'd like to have any success (at least in my limited experience) paint with acrylics and add a sprayed clear coat! Also, make sure if you have a planter like mine, you add some kind of gravel to keep your plant from getting waterlogged!


  1. Way to persevere, Tristan! I think it turned out looking pretty cool. :) Your grandma would be proud! - Kat

    1. Thanks! I'm going to show her a picture when I see her on Mother's Day to see what she thinks... I'm not sure how she'll like it though lol she's kind of particular!


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