I’m sure this time of year is sent to trick us, isn’t it? We’ve got the longer evenings, plants are starting to burst into bloom and bees have been buzzing around. The smell of the first BBQs of the year have already pervaded neighbourhood streets and we’ve lazed around on our hastily cobbled together patio areas (current Lins is very pleased with past Lins for getting patio ready at the end of last year!)
Yet no sooner have we emerged blinking from our winter hibernation than the temperatures plummet to remind us that it’s very definitely only just spring, and perhaps still a little bit of winter and we’ve still got a long way to go before it’s sensible to get toes out. Especially when you’re me and anything under 30 degrees is chilly.
Still, the Easter weekend was BEAUTIFUL and I used it as an opportunity to do a bit of patio sprucing especially after a few weeks of being bedridden with serious illness. It felt wonderful to be out, albeit only tentative small steps into the garden, and to most importantly get my DIY hat back on. Whilst I’m not the most accomplished person when it comes to tackling home updates I do love little projects and I took the sunshine over Easter as the perfect opportunity to tidy up our patio area and give it a little refresh.
To help me with some inspiration, the lovely team at Vintro Luxury Paint kindly sent me a pot of one of their new No Seal Chalk Paints in colour Rainforest. Ideal for either indoor or outdoor projects, it’s the most beautiful vibrant lime green and I knew it would be just perfect to upcycle some terracotta pots that have been kicking around unloved for quite some time.
I think you can often pay over the odds for plant pots and yes, it’s worth it when you find a stunning piece. But if all you need is something to pot up a few herbs like me then terracotta pots are so cheap and a tin of paint to jazz them up a bit is just the ticket. I first came across Vintro Luxury Paint via my good friend Michelle who is a stockist at her upcycling shop in Nuneaton. I love supporting small business so bought a couple of tins from her last year to give a chest of drawers in one of our spare rooms a makeover and really loved how easy the paint is to work with.
The key to the new No Seal Chalk Paint from Vintro is that typically, chalk paint does require a lacquer or wax to finish it off. The No Seal Chalk Paint does away with that requirement which means that your projects can be finished even sooner. It still retains a velvety smooth matt finish so there’s no lack of quality with the end result and it’s a water-based, environmentally friendly paint too.
Marketing jargon aside though, would it really be as a good as they said to work with? I had three pots to paint and gave them a quick, rough sand with a 120 grit paint just to remove the old paint flakes. Another reason I love Vintro Chalk paint is that it needs minimal prep and you can generally just get painting on to most surfaces. I gave the paint a thorough mix and then got painting and well, it’s just as easy to work with as the previous paint I’ve used and has really cheered up the pots. A little goes a long way but I did two coats just because. I do love a second coat (and in the case of my kitchen cupboards, 3rd and 4th coats too!
And now my new bright green pots have pride of place in the garden and are filled with oregano, chives and parsley ready for my new life as a cordon-bleu chef. Or rather, just your average suburban London kitchen idiot.
Disclaimer: Vintro Luxury Paint kindly sent me a pot of their new No Seal Chalk Paint to try out on a project of my choice. The paint retails at £23.99 and comes in a range of different colours. As always I only ever share brands/products that I think you may appreciate knowing about too.