How To Makeover A Plastic Pot With Joint Compound

Here's a great example of a trash to treasure!  Do you believe that this beautiful concrete planter was a trashy ugly plastic pot?

How To Transform A Plastic Pot

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I'm not kidding!  I'm going to show you!

How To Transform A Plastic Pot

How To Transform A Plastic Pot

I'm starting with this ugly green plastic pot.... pretty rough, right?  First things first, I gave this pot a quick coat of my favorite spray paint in Stone Gray.

I wasn't too worried about complete coverage.  I just didn't want any green showing through.

My idea for this pot was to make it look like an old concrete'ish pot.  That's not a real word... but it's the look I'm going for. 😊  I thought why not try some joint compound....

joint compound for a concrete look

So, I slapped some on.  I had no idea if this was even going to work. This could go either way... serious fail or a serious WIN!

first coat of joint compound on pot

I've heard of doing this on a terra cotta pot, but not on a plastic one.  I honestly thought it would just chip off.

I knew I didn't want it smooth like the above photo, so for the second coat, I smeared it on then dabbed it with an old piece of t-shirt.  I wanted it kind of bumpy and uneven.

2nd coat of joint compound

After that all dried, and it STAYED ON!  I'm still in shock that it just didn't fall off!  I sanded it to smooth out some of the high spots.

sanding joint compound on pot

The next step, was to give it even more character and depth.  I went to my basement and found what ever paint samples I had that might work.  I even grabbed some acrylic paints. πŸ‘

adding paint to concrete pot for character

I wanted to start with a dark brown, to kind of make it look dirty.  I wasn't picky with how it went on... just swish and dab. 😎

brown paint on concrete pot to look dirty

Then I added some gray paint.

adding gray paint to the concrete pot

One of my friends, told me when she saw this on my Instagram story, that she wasn't too sure this was going to look very good.... πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚  I had faith!

I just kept adding more paint.  This time a lighter gray and some white.  Um.... I have to say, I think it looks pretty awesome!! 😍😍😍

Adding light gray and white to the concrete pot

What?!  This worked?? Now it's time to put a plant in the thing!  I needed to make sure that there was an area at the bottom for drainage.  I didn't want rocks to make this thing more heavy.  I didn't have any packing peanuts...  I have a leftover pool noodle!

Using pool noodles as bottom filler of pot

I just cut it into 1" 'flowers' and added them to the bottom.

pool noodle pot filler

Once I finished making a huge mess of dirt on my dining table... I had that snake plant potted! πŸ’ͺ

How To Transform A Plastic Pot

This makes a great addition to our office!  The plan is to build a plant stand for it to sit near the window.

 I'm so glad this turned out!  I'll definitely be doing this to some more of my planter pots!

DIY Concrete Pot

How To Makeover A Plastic Pot With Joint Compound



  1. Hi Lori!
    Greetings of the season from Europe, from Bulgaria to be more precise. Thank you for your detailed "lesson". I followed it closely and did a great job on 3 plastic pots. Joint compoud is wonderful for this job. I used chalk paint. There is some wax for chalk paint but have not tried yet. I will keep experimenting with different materials. My mother have a lot of plastic pots in her garden.

    1. Hi! How wonderful! I'm so glad you found my tutorial useful.

  2. Hi Lori! I was lucky to come across your tuturial. I followed it closely and the result was 3 nice looking planters. Thank you for the detailed lessor.

    1. Nice! I'm so glad! It makes me so happy to be able to help instruct. Thank you for reading!

  3. Hi Lori, I’m curious how the joint compound has weathered? Is the pot outside at all? Has any of it flakes off or had problems staying stuck to the plastic? Thank you!

    1. Hi! My pot is inside in my office. It has held up fantastic! But it isn't exposed to the elements outside. Hope this helps!

  4. Looks vintage. A great outcome. Wonder if I coul d use leftover wood filler this way?

    1. Oh, I bet you could! Why not? Would love to know if it works for you!


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