It’s not always easy to see the potential in things.
Take this incongruous collection of second-hand planters I was gifted…
At first glance it’s not the most attractive assembly of items, is it?
I mean, if you were looking to create a pretty co-ordinated cluster of pots, this renegade group wouldn’t even turn your head, right?
Though look what can happen when a little bit of spray paint is introduced…
Suddenly, what was a completely disconnected gathering becomes a beautifully unified collection!
Here I’ve used Dulux Duramax Chalky Finish in both Elegant Greige and Pink Splendour.
The Elegant Greige provides a natural concrete look – which is just what I wanted – and the Pink Splendour compliments the cool grey perfectly for a soft, slightly feminine, feel.
I’ve spoken of my love for Chalky Finish in the past. With its super matte appearance and incredible bonding power it’s up there as one of my absolute favourite paints.
To re-finish my pots all I did was ensure they were nice and clean before applying around three light coats of spray paint to achieve full coverage.
After just one hour the paint was cured and the pots were ready to be planted out. I used a combination of Lavender and Oregano with some pretty Scaevola to fill things out.
Such a quick and easy transformation which packs a lovely punch.
Most of us have some random old planters laying around (otherwise they’re not hard to come by in re-use centers, op shops and charity stores). Why not have a go at transforming some of yours!
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Smashed it…AGAIN! You never cease to remind me to look at things in a different light. Thank you for that :-)
Thank you :)
I bought some of this spray paint after your last post and I’m addicted now!!! And I do have some ugly old mismatched pots sitting in the back shed. Time for some paint me thinks!
Have fun Yammi! :)
Love what you did with your pots. An amazing turnaround. Would you mind sharing what you used to seal your stonework please. We have something similar in crazy pave and they are forever black and mouldy. Pessure clean them, then not too long after, they are ugly again.
We haven’t sealed the stone. My husband built that wall last summer. Acid washed it once he was finished and so far that’s it!
Is the pink brighter in real life or is it really that light, almost white?
It’s quite pale though definitely has a distinct pink tinge.
Does it matter what the pots are made of?
Some plastics and extra porous materials (like certain clays) can benefit from being primed first.
Really NICE transformation. I have tons of pots…which now need to be painted. thanks : )
LOL! Go for it Julie :)
Beautifully well done! Thank you for the step by step instructions. Big help! I look forward to trying this myself. The colors you chose are pleasing to the eye.
Thanks Janet. I just wanted very subtle colours though you can go as bold as you like!
Oooo – I love how the grey looks the concrete. Will definitely be putting this on my “paints’ list.
Thanks Deb :)
Personally, I think it’s too bland. Perhaps the striped pot would have given a little color to the arrangement had it been left striped,but there doesn’t seem to be enough color to give it any “pop”. Maybe once the flowers grow, that will do the trick. I’d like to see it then.
I guess it’s just personal preference. I wanted a very subtle scheme with no distinct ‘pop’. Though, of course, spray paint comes in a rainbow of colours so if you prefer more punch you can be as bold as you like! :)
Wow! I love them after. The pots are a beautiful neutral that let the plants and surrounding hardscape shine!!!
Yes, I didn’t want anything too bold or colourful. Just something nice and soft to tone with the environment. Thank you.
Very nice and easy to do.
Couldn’t you disappoint us just once to show that you are a mere mortal like the rest of us???? So simple but such a transformation. HOWEVER; forget the pots I am seriously coveting that wood and iron contraption in your garden. To say that I am envious is an understatement; it would be perfect at my house.
Thanks Julie. Yes, we are lucky to have that. It’s a decrepit horse cart which used to live on my husband’s parent’s rural property. So much charm.
She strikes again! You never cease to AMAZE with even the simplest of DIYs. ;)
So nice – I really like the choice of colours – the pink is so pretty with the grey, but they both really make the green of the plants stand out, and painting them really makes them work together – which was hard to imagine, looking at the before picture. .Will have to try this paint for sure…now, just need to wait for spring! :) Thank you
Kristine, this just makes me want to go buy some paint spray, I have no idea if anything needs it, but I will find something. Thanks for the inspiration, Girlfriend. Love the pots.