Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Spruce Up: Painted Planter Tutorial

As I mentioned in this post, I wanted to transform this plastic planter for my front porch. I could have easily gone out and bought a new planter, but I found this one in the garage and I knew I could make good use of it again. Besides, there is a budget folks. For about $7 I was able to take this dirty, sad looking planter and turn it into a cheery one. Here is how I did it.

  • Plastic planter
  • Rust-oleum satin spray paint plus primer in Heirloom White
  • Rust-oleum satin spray paint plus primer in Lemon Grass
  • Clear satin spray finish
  • Painter's tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen or pencil
Step 1:  Wash the planter with a mild soap and water. Let dry.
Step 2:  Apply the Heirloom spray paint to the outside of the pot. I didn't worry about spraying the top portion too much because I knew it was going to be the Lemon Grass color.
Step 3:  Measure the desired width of the stripes you wish to create and mark all the way around the pot.
Step 4: Apply painter's tape to cover where your white stripes will be. Don't cover the marks you made with the tape. Also, make sure the tape is  applied securely, but not so much that the white tape will come off.
Step 5:  Spray the Lemon Grass paint on the exposed areas as well as the top 4-5" of the inside. Allow to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 6:  Carefully remove the tape. If you do have any areas where the tape would have removed any of the paint, spray some of the paint from the can into a small disposable container and fill in any areas with a small paint brush.
Step 7:  Spray with a clear finish and allow to dry.
Step 8: Plant your flowers and admire the beauty of it all.
Pat yourself on the back for saving a plastic pot from potentially going into the landfill.

I'm down to one more item to do on my exterior front Summer Spruce Up - the chair cushions. I'm hoping to wrap this project up this week.


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