Monday, 13 February 2012

A Herb Garden and Liquid Sandstone

My husband and I both enjoy good food and decided it was time that we plant a herb garden.  We have a nice sunny spot out the back that was perfect, and a pile of old terracotta pots we could use.

I liked the terracotta pots but they were too orange for the sandstone coloured columns and pavers we have out the back. 

To buy new sandstone pots would cost a small fortune, so I decided to makeover the existing pots with a product called Liquid Sandstone (available from Bunnings/hardware store).

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The first step is to clean the pots ready for painting.  I used a high pressure water cleaner (gernie) to remove the dirt and moss.

Then I applied 2-3 coats of liquid sandstone with an old brush.  It is very much like painting with with wet sand from the beach.  Once the paint dried I gave the pots a coat of sealer to protect them.  My husband got to work and filled all the pots with drainage gravel, good soil, fertiliser and the herbs.  About a month on, this is how our herb garden looks in our 'sandstone' pots.

 We have basil, sage, thyme, mint, parsley and a bay tree in the charcoal pot. 
Meals definitely taste better with the fresh herbs.

Sharing at:  The Shabby Nest, French Country Cottage


  1. Love your made-over pots! How awesome to have your own herbs at the ready!

  2. What a great stransformation the liquid sandstone has done. I love the idea, but have never had very much success in growing my own herbs. HMMMM! Thanks for sharing I will pop over and see how its going. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  3. These look fantastic, and I love that you were able to reuse your old pots! Happy Cooking!

  4. What a great transformation. It looks so much more subtle than the usual terracotta. I will have to look out for that product here in South Africa. x Sharon

  5. oh, wow, they came up beautifully, those pots look gorgeous.x

  6. Kylie the pots look fab and there's nothing quite like fresh herbs from your very own garden. Unfortunately my herb garden looks like a ratty bunch of weeds so you've inspired me no end to get out there and do something. You probably already know, being such a talented crafty gal, but you can paint the pots with natural yoghurt and over a few weeks they will get an aged look. I was sceptical at first but it really does work a treat....B:)

  7. This is a great idea! I would love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in!

  8. Thank you for the inspiration, Kylie. Hub-a-lubs was very impressed and is planning a trip to Bunnings later to check it out. God bless x

  9. This would be a great way to unify my mish-mash of planters. Thanks


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