Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Outside Plastic Pot Re-do

Transformation Thursday

I'm linking to the lovely Gina over at The Shabby Chic Cottage   Be sure and go over and check out all the fabulous transformations.  

Plastic Pots for the deck get a make-over...

As I mentioned in my previous post on terracotta pots (my favorite), due to the very low humidity in our area, they are not very user friendly.  I found these pots at Big Lots and they really aren't all that bad looking as they are.  However, I wanted them to look a bit aged.

Krylon makes a granite spray which would work really well, but it's expensive and would make the pot end up costing way too much.  The idea is to keep the price for the total pot, dish, and make-over under $10.00.  
They have a nice shape and pretty detail for such inexpensive pots...


Out came my acrylic paints...


I chose antique white, brown, and seminole green.  You don't have to use these exact colors.  If all you have is a dark green, put a few drops in your antique white.


Grab an old brush or even a paper towel or rag and smear some paint on the pot.


Wait a few moments and then wipe the paint off.  I use a  slightly damp paper towel but a rag will work.


Do the same thing on the sides and add some green around the bottom and a dab here and there.  It's your pot so do what makes you feel good.  Don't fret too much about getting things right.  Doing an outside pot that will be mostly covered by plant material by the middle of summer doesn't need a whole lot of work. 

All done in about 15 minutes...



I can't wait to spend some time visiting other transformations...

17 comments:

Susan said...

Very nice job, Adrienne...The "painted" pot definitely looks better! Have a nice evening. Sincerely, Susan

Birdie @ Chirp in the Forest said...

Oh, I love this. I have some plastic pots too and I've always wished they looked more like "real" terra cotta. I'll definitely be trying it!

Laura PARING DOWN said...

That is SO cute and very, very thrifty!

kim said...

Great job. They look just like the ones you can buy that already look like that.

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

So nice! I have these pots too and never even thought about painting them!! Your look terrific!!

Dawn said...

That is an amazing transformation - I would have to TOUCH it or I wouldn't believe it!

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

These turned out beautiful. I bet you cant wait to get something in those pots! I would love it if you came by next week to my Bring In The Spring linky party. Take Care,

Amy Kinser said...

What a simple yet great transformation! Good job.

Lee Laurie said...

They turned out so pretty! Now they really look like aged terra cotta. Great job!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Very pretty! I really like this idea because i have the same pots!!
Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Shannon said...

What a great idea!! They turned out great!

Bunny Jean's Decor... and More! said...

Adrienne,
I have those same pots and painted (whitewashed) them about five years ago. They still look nice. I wanted them to look less plastic and more like aged terra cotta.

Thanks for the comment about my dear Weezie. Our pets really do capture our hearts. I am sorry for your loss too.

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Jessi said...

Nice job! The look like real terra cotta pots now, aged to perfection.

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow, what a great idea! I love how these turned out, very pretty!

Kat :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

That is really cool!

m ^..^

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

great job on the flower pot! It looks great.
gail