How (and why) to Seal Your Painted Pots – Plus a Mini Bird Bath

Before I get into this post I have to tell you about a complete face-palm moment this week.  I was taking step by step pictures for this post during the afternoon.  Later that evening I set up the bird bath on my deck to take some final photos.  It was at this time that I noticed the little light on my camera notifying me there was no memory card :( Boo!  So I am going to do my best to explain to you to what I did, it was only a couple of steps, then show you some awesome final pics!

How {and why} to Seal Your Painted Pots

Our deck is looking good.  We’ve got some bright painted furniture, a relaxing place to sit, all surrounded by lots of plants starting to flower.  We have a little bird feeder hanging off the side that, when full, attracts all sorts of beautiful birds.  Little Lady and I decided these birds might want a drink while they are visiting.  So instead of buying or building a bid bird bath I convinced her a little one near the bird feeder would do.

Sealingand painting pots for a bird bath

To do this I purchased a medium terracotta pot and 16 inch saucer, just a couple of dollars each.

painted terracotta pots for a bird bath

I used blue and white spray paint I had on hand from other deck painting projects.

@Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Paint and Primer. Great for outdoor projects.

This is a great outdoor multipurpose paint.  It’s what I used to paint my plastic chairs.

Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Satin Paint  (affiliate link)

The key to keeping this looking shiny and new, and not breaking down over time, is sealing the pots inside and out.  This technique can be used on any pot you paint.

So why seal the inside of a pot?  You spend time painting and making the outside beautiful.  Then you add dirt, plants and/or water to the inside.  Terracotta and clay pots are porous so the water seeps into the pot and needs a way out.  It will eventually deteriorate your paint from the inside out.

Before I painted my bird bath I used a clear sealer to spray the inside and outside of the pots.

bird bath glaze

This is a thick high gloss sealer. I used it before and after the paint, and it adds a nice sheen to the piece. You can use just about any clear sealer for a project like this, just make sure it is suitable for outdoor use.
Rust-Oleum Clear Triple Thick Spray Glaze (affiliate link)


I’m hoping to get a bird picture this weekend and add it to this post!

Do you have a bird bath?  What kinds of birds do you attract?

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  1. says

    This is so cute! I’m gonna make one for my new apartment in a sort of brown-ish/tan-ish color. I’ll send you a link when I do!

  2. howdothejonesdoit says

    It will be so fun to watch little birds in your new birdbath! I’m looking forward to pictures!


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