Mum stuns with 'brilliant' Kmart hack for outdoor planter

Kmart's stone decking tiles have already proved popular in the past with DIYers. From using them as tiling splashbacks to giving a new surface to coffee tables, Aussie renovators are loving the flexibility, ease and durability of the modern tiles.

Now one mum has impressed with how they can also be used to modernise outdoor plant pots. "Gave these old concrete pots a freshen up using chalk paint and tile stones," Hannah posted in a hacks group on Facebook.

People loved the results, with her post quickly garnering almost over 3,000 likes.

A plant pot renovated with Kmart stone decking tiles and chalk paint
Hannah used Kmart's stone decking tiles and chalk paint to give her garden pots a brand new look. Photo: Facebook (Facebook)

"Best post ever," one person commented. "Beautiful upcycling."

"How frigging amazing! Are you kidding," another wrote.

"Brilliant idea. I have several terracotta pots but hate the colour of them, will have to give this a try myself," added someone else.

"OMG, I have some of these and was ready to chuck them. Will be doing your trick. Thanks so much for sharing," replied another group member.

Kmart chalk paint and stone decking tiles
Hannah used Kmart chalk paint ($10) and stone decking tiles ($29 for four) as well as tile adhesive from Bunnings. Photo: Kmart (Kmart)

"Initially I used the stone tile and grout combination on a side table after seeing another hack in the Facebook group," Hannah, who works in flight operations in Brisbane, explained to Yahoo Lifestyle.

"I sat them outside to dry in front of my palm and thought the stone looked nice against greenery.


"I found some second-hand concrete pots on Facebook Marketplace and did the smaller one to host a Mandevilla, which will climb, and the large pot is hosting a bamboo palm," she said.

"They were a lot easier to do than the side tables as I'd done a bit of trial and error already."

Two pots on an outdoor patio partially painted
Hannah used Kmart chalk paint to apply a base colour to the pots before tiling them. Photo: Facebook (Facebook)

Nothing but beautiful comments

Despite being happy with the results, Hannah was caught off-guard by all the positive feedback she received from her fellow group members.

"I was hesitant to post them as I've never posted anything in a group forum before but I'm completely blown away by the feedback. I have received nothing but beautiful comments from everyone. Very humbling," she added.

Hannah's step-by-step guide

"I pulled each stone off the backing and then used a tile adhesive from Bunnings to stick them to the pot," Hannah explains.


  • Kmart white chalk paint

  • Kmart stone tiles

  • tile adhesive (Bunnings)

  • Dunlop flexible grout (Bunnings) - the small pot is extra white and the large is white

  • grouting tools

  • sealer (Bunnings)

  • sugar soap wipes


  1. Paint the top and bottom trims with two coats of chalk paint.

  2. Pull stones off the backing and individually stick them to pot using the silicon tile adhesive.

  3. Mix grout. I found it easier to wear gloves and push the grout into the gaps to fill them one side at a time.

  4. I then used the grouting tools to then scrape over and get off any excess grout.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all sides.

  6. Use wet sponge to smooth over the grout (allow grout to be semi-dry for this step).

  7. I used a sugar soap wipe to wipe each stone individually to bring back some of the colour.

  8. Seal once dry.

Looking to spruce up your outdoor area for summer? This hack will certainly do the trick.

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