The weather has finally warmed up and it is time for the Thrifty Chicks Monthly Challenge. The theme this month is garden art. I decided I needed to repot a couple of small palm trees so my canvas became 2 plastic pots. I had to update a bright purple planter with paint to get the look I was going for.
Some other outdoor projects I have done is a Garden Angel and Solar Lights.
The first this to do is to spray paint the inside of the pot with white spray paint. I really don’t know why I felt that way. After all the dirt is going to hide the color. But I didn’t want to see the purple.
The outside of my house is a light gray. I wanted the pots to match the house. And to be a little bit more upscale than a bright purple planter. It needed some texture for added interest.
That is where the product Saltwash comes in. Mix the Saltwash with a paint color of choice. I used a gray paint. The consistency is thick. I used an old brush and gobbed it on the pot.
Let it set up for a little while and then wipe softly with a paintbrush to smooth down.
After the Saltwash is completely dry go over the planter with a contrasting paint color. I mixed the 2nd layer with Poppies’ Furniture Paint Powder. I always feel it gives tooth to the sample paint colors I like using. The 2nd color is white paint with some of the gray mixed in. Then I let that get fully dry.
The fun part is here. I love sanding down the piece so the Salt Wash effect comes to life. Using the plastic pot as the canvas is more delicate than wooden furniture so I sanded it by hand.
To protect the pots, use a product called Gator Hide. It gives a hard protection. Once that is dry I added some bling in the way of using glass accents. They are glued around the pot under the lip, using E6000. I used a variety of sizes in a random design.
The pots add style and bling. One word of caution. Don’t leave them outside in the weather. The heat and rain won’t be kind to them. I moved mine to the front entryway where they are protected. It is so nice to update a bright purple planter with paint so the palm trees have room to grow, They sure look happy. Check out what my blogging pals created for this month’s Thrifty Chicks Challenge. You will be so glad you did!
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