I acquired two garden planters with the purchase of our house a few years ago. I had done nothing with them partly because I didn’t inherit my dads “Green Thumb,” but mainly because as beautiful and detailed as they were, they just didn’t go with the look of our house.
They looked faded and old (and not in a cool vintage way), so I figured, why not bring them back to life so I can finally plant some flowers in these babies?
If you’ve got some old planters around your house that could use a makeover, try this inexpensive and simple solution. All you’ll need is paint in the color of your choice, a paint brush and an hour to spare.
Tip #1. Since your planters will be outdoors, you’ll want to use paint that says “for exterior use.” This type of paint will prevent your planters from getting damaged by the weather. You can find this kind of paint at Home Depot, Lowes or even Wal-Mart.
Tip #2. Before you begin painting, clean your planters first to get rid of any dirt they may have on them. I rinsed mine with a hose, scrubbed the dirt, and wiped dry.
Tip # 3. Always protect your work area from paint by simply spreading out some old newspaper
Tip #4. If you are painting your planters in two different colors then I recommend waiting until your first color dries before moving onto the next color. Patience is the key to a beautiful and presentable piece that you can be proud of.
Let the fun begin!
- I painted the solid surface (without designs/details) on my planters first. Because of the texture of my planters I also had to dab or “sponge on” the paint in order to cover those tiny crevices. If your surface is a smooth one then you won’t have to worry about dabbing or “sponging on” your paint.
*Because I was using one color I didn’t have to wait until this dried before moving onto the next step.
- I lightly brushed the same blue paint on the dark detailed surface of my planters. Leaving some of the original dark color exposed helped tremendously in bringing out the beautiful detailed design that you couldn’t really see before
- Let it dry completely before planting anything on it.
There you have it, a brand new looking planter in less than an hour!
I would love to see the before and after pictures of your garden planter makeover. Also, please feel free to share any questions, comments or tips of your own that you may have.