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How to Repurpose Old Enamel Pots

How to Repurpose Old Enamel Pots

This DIY enamel pots makeover is as quick and beautiful as this post is 🙂

Using enameled cast iron cookware

I like to use enameled cast iron cookware, it`s so pretty and . . . homey, and reminds me of those delicious meals my grandma used to cook (although it usually contains the concoction I make, which is far from granny`s food :mrgreen: ).

Furthermore, high quality enamel pots are non-toxic, environment-friendly, resistant to stains and scratches, easy to clean but only as long as they are treated gently, with love 🙂

Otherwise, the coating on an enameled piece of cookware might crack if one drops it, or puts it on the cooker straight out of the fridge, or cleans it inappropriately (using metal utensils, toxic detergents, overheating it).

When it`s better to use it as a planter

If the inside of the pot cracks or chips, the enamel could chip into your food or the cookware could start rusting.  

We still have some light turquoise wall paint leftover. It`s an acrylic water-soluble paint. It`s texture makes a soft authentic pottery tactile touch. I decided to give it a try on our old chipped polka dot and other enamel pots.

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*Tip: If you happened not to have acrylic paint leftovers at home 🙂 I`ve found the cheapest one on Amazon for the US here, and here for the EU (you`re gonna need minimum two bottles for a two litre (half-gallon) pot as in this project. You can choose one of the 36 colours).

Painting the pots

First, I washed the pots thoroughly and let them dry.

Then, applied the cheapest spray paint directly on the rust spots, let them dry and applied a second coat if needed (if the spots are quite big).  

Painting the Rusty Spots
Painting the rusty spots

Then I painted the handles and the sides of the pots, then the bottom. When the bottom was dry, I flipped the pots over and painted their upper inner sides (just till the future soil level).

Painting the pot
Painting the pot

Repeated these steps several times to thoroughly cover the old red colour. The sun was really helpful here, because the acrylic paint dried with the speed of a flash.

It turned out something like this

Repurposed Enamel Pot
Repurposed enamel pot

But something was missing. . .

Then I applied some glue on the pot and partially wrapped it in a natural jute twine.

Adding a Jute Twine
Adding a jute twine

Now it looks complete. . .

Pots Wrapped in a Jute Twine
Pots wrapped in a jute twine

I liked this little one so much, that took my mom`s old enamelled Dutch ovens and made these beautiful planters out of them (of course I made a little casserole upgrade for her instead).

Just couldn`t stop. . .

Painted&Juted Enamel Pots
Painted & juted enamel pots

If we didn`t have this acrylic paint at home, I would`ve tried to mix any other paint (not spray) with some flour, baking powder or lime/chalk powder. Like I`ve tackled with the colour and the texture here.

Experiment and share!

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  1. Liz

    Thank you for sharing your process for this lovely repurposing idea! Would cornstarch produce the same effect as flour or baking powder?

    1. Kinga

      Thank You, Liz, for stopping by!
      Yes, I believe any of these bakery powders would do. But I’d first experiment with the proportions on some smaller items before getting to a big one. Try with a little amount of cornstarch, so that the paint doesn’t become too thick, so You could easily apply it with the brush.
      And I’d love to hear from You about the result!
      Happy creations!