Fugly To Fab Flower Pots

Fugly To Fab Flower Pots

Fugly flower pots got you feeling forlorn?  Crappy containers got you too embarrassed to host cherished companions?  Vial vessels got you wishing you had a vast vat of cash?  Well this girl has the answer to all of these petrifying problems.  Are you ready for it?  Are you sure?  The answer is…  SPRAY PAINT!  Yup, my all time favorite trick in my DIY toolbox, spray paint.  My husband tells me I need to take out stock in spray paint with as much as I go through, but I could say the same thing about him and glass coffee pots.

Just like the outdoor furniture makeover I did at the beginning of the week, fugly to fab flower pots only require some warm soapy water and the correct spray paint for the job at hand.  I have a mix of plastic and metal containers to paint, so I will be using both generic spray paint and fancy shmancy spray paint specifically for bonding to plastic.

Five different painting techniques will be used in this DIY.  I could just paint all the pots a solid color, but that would be SO boring, and anyone who knows me knows Stacy don’t do boring.  (Yes, I just referred to myself in the 3rd person like George Costanza.  Deal.)

To begin, wash all the dirt, cobwebs, and spiders off the pots and items to be painted.  If the pots have plants in them, cover the plants with a plastic grocery bag, or garbage bag, to protect them from runaway spray.  To keep the bags in place tuck the bag down in between the dirt and the pot.  Leave a 1-2″ gap between the bag and the top inside rim of the pot so you can paint it.

My color theme this year is going to be blue and white with accents of red.  Yes, its very patriotic, and the colors also remind me of warm weather, picnics, hotdogs, fireworks, and swimming pools.  Just the vibe I am going for in my backyard this summer.

The first pots I makeover are all plastic and I begin by lightly spraying them a dark blue with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X for plastic.  It’s a few bucks more than regular spray paint, but it actually sticks to the plastic, unlike generic paint.

While I was at it, I busted out some generic red paint for a drab metal watering can and generic white paint for some resin stacked pots I had on my deck stairs.

After the paint had dried for about 30 minutes, a second coat was applied and allowed to set over night.

For the next couple of pots, I will be using a layered paint technique to give the pots a bit more depth and texture.  The pots already had a blue base, but had chipped badly.  First a light layer of dark blue Rust-Oleum was applied so that the paint would bond to the exposed plastic. The key to this effect is to hold the spray can 10-12 inches away from the pot, so that you are only hitting it with a mist, not a full shot of paint.  Full coverage is not necessary, in fact splotchy coverage looks best.   Follow the first coat up with a misting of medium shade of blue, followed by a third light blue shade.

So pretty and it looks just like the expensive ceramic containers I see at the nurseries, without the expensive price tag.  Woot!

The third painting trick was used on a small round plastic pot that was terra cotta in color.  Instead of painting it a solid white, I wanted to give it an aged terra cotta look.  To achieve an aged look, I once again held the spray can 10-12 inches away from the container and lightly misted it with white paint.  One very light coat was all it needed to look perfect.   I loved this look so much I did the same thing to the striped gray forsythia pot.

The fourth paint technique I tried was an ombre effect.  My ugly pink metal bucket was originally headed for the dump, but it turned out to be my favorite piece and I cannot wait to try this look again.  Using the same blue paints as before, I started by spraying the whole bucket dark blue, and allowed it to dry for 30 minutes.  Next, came the medium shade of blue around the middle of the bucket.  As I worked my way up, I pulled the spray can back farther and farther to give it the misty, ombre look.  After the second layer dried, I did the same thing for the lightest color blue.  LOVE!

For a finishing touch, I took a white paint pen and outlined the ridges on the red watering can and I used a small round sponge, dipped in white paint, to add polka dots to my blue bucket.  It’s all in the details, people.

Here are a few beauty shots of the completed pots.

I could not be happier with how cute everything turned out and I am kind of obsessed.  Last night I wandered around the yard and found some more pots to take from fugly to fab.  Give one, or all of these techniques and try and let me know how it works for you.  Happy spraying!

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