Spruced-up planters

15 Feb

Aren’t we all just ready for spring to….spring? It’s long past due, even though we’re still in February. I think we can all agree this has been an awful winter. In trying to take my mind off of winter, I decided to repurpose a couple of planters that I had at home.

For Valentine’s Day, I opted for plants, instead of the typical flowers that most people receive. I like flowers, but my favorite flower (an orchid) is not very easy to care for, especially when you live in a tundra-like state. Secondly, flowers don’t last very long. So, when my husband asked if I wanted flowers, I quickly told him I’d really prefer some plants. And as it turns out, plants are cheaper, too. He had me go with him to pick out the plants I wanted, and since I had these planters in mind (and I’d been thinking for some time to spruce them up a bit), I ended up getting a bunch of succulents and a small pothos plant for under $12. 🙂

Here are the two planters I had, as well as the supplies I used to spruce them up. I found the gray planter (with a matching base not shown here) at a craft store last year. And you can find the fine tip paint pen at Walmart for under $2. The other planter with the raffia-like base and ceramic top and inside came with a plant that was given to me when a friend of mine moved back to Germany a couple of years ago. The paint is Martha Stewart’s Multi-surface Metallic (gold) acrylic paint (#32103).

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I ended up not using the painter’s tape, since it was easy to paint the outside of the planter without getting paint on the areas I wanted to leave unpainted.

I freehanded a geometric design onto the gray planter with the paint pen. I didn’t worry much about it being symmetrical or perfect. To me, it didn’t need to be perfect, as it was meant to look hand-drawn. And here’s where I ended up with this one.

photo 5For the other planter, I just brushed the metallic paint onto the outer surface, making sure to stop just below the basket-weave top edge. I liked the look of it against the gold, so I left that part alone.

photo 1Both planters dried very quickly, and neither one took more than 25 minutes to complete. Here are the two planters with my new plants, courtesy of my Valentine.

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DSC_2401DSC_2399I like the new look and this project didn’t cost me a dime, since I already had these supplies on hand at home. I’d say that’s an hour well spent on a Saturday morning to spruce up a couple of small nooks and get ready for a spring we all hope will come sooner, rather than later.

Have you spruced up anything with plants lately? Do you have any planters at home you’d like to redecorate and reuse?




Posted by on February 15, 2014 in DIY, Interior Design


6 responses to “Spruced-up planters

  1. The Road I Wander

    February 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I really like the first one! I think I’ll be breaking out the paint pens this spring!

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      February 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you! Please share whatever you make! I am really enjoying following your blog as well 🙂

  2. Mary

    February 16, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Me likey. Well done!

  3. Ronda Waters

    February 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Reblogged this on t h e . r e f u r b i s h e d . l i f e and commented:
    Since winter has been so fickle it might as well be spring already! So get your gardening inspiration all geared up with these diy planters. Adorable! :: xo Ronda


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