It’s time for an outdoor decor makeover! I’m going to take you through the steps I used for my painted plastic flower pot transformation. You are not going to believe the before photo of the pot I used!
Follow along to see how I transformed my flower pot, but before the reveal, I want to let you know that I’ve joined a group of awesome bloggers who are also sharing their outdoor decor and entertaining ideas with you! You’ll find links to their amazing projects after mine so be sure to visit each one. Don’t miss out!
PAINTED PLASTIC FLOWER POT
I wanted to brighten up a small patio that’s in front of my husband’s workshop. The area has always looked too plain so I decided a couple of chairs for a seating area, and a flower planter with some personality were needed.
- plastic flower pot
- Krylon outdoor spray paint
- Helmsman spar urethane spray
- Rustoleum comfort grip (optional)
- frog tape
- trash bags
- craft paint or stickers for making dots
WHAT KIND OF SPRAY PAINT TO USE
I used Krylon Colormaxx spray paint which dries very quickly in between coats, works well on plastic, and is for outdoor use. The colors I used are Gloss Sun Yellow, Satin Pistachio, and Satin Island Splash.
Since I used craft paint to make dots on the pot, I needed outdoor protection so I sprayed Minwax Helmsman spar urethane on the flower pot.
I chose to also use a comfort grip attachment that’s made especially for spray paint cans to prevent “finger fatigue.” I found one hanging next to the spray paint section.
6 STEPS ~ PAINTED PLASTIC FLOWER POT
STEP 1: CLEAN YOUR FLOWER POT
As you can tell, the pot hadn’t been used in a very long time! I’m sure most people would have just thrown it away, but I saw the potential. I found it at the bottom of a pot pile in my parent’s backyard, and I can’t resist anything that’s free!
I used Lysol cleaner and a hand brush to scrub through the dirt and algae stains. The bottom of the pot was “too far gone,” but it won’t be seen so no worries.
STEP 2: PLAN YOUR COLORS AND DESIGN
There are 2 main areas and 4 thin sections on my pot. I chose turquoise and green for my main colors and bright yellow for one thin accent section.
I originally wanted to use a detailed stencil for painting a design on the main green section, but you’ll find out later why that plan fell through and I went with dots instead.
STEP 3: SPRAY PAINT YOUR FIRST SECTION
It’s not necessary to tape off for your first color. I started spray painting the turquoise areas first. You can get your desired coverage in a short amount of time since Krylon Colormaxx dries quickly between coats.
I sprayed about 5 coats for each section to get full coverage.
TIP: Spray in a short, quick, one direction motion. Do not spray in a back and forth motion because this will be too much paint at one time and will cause your paint to sag.
STEP 4: TAPE OFF FOR THE 2nd PAINT SECTION
I waited a day before placing tape over the first color because I wasn’t sure about the cure time for the paint.
Use frog tape for taping off to make a crisp paint edge. I used the long edge of yard bags to wrap and tape around the pot.
I was originally going to paint my yellow accent color at the very top of the pot, but later changed my mind. That’s why you’ll see some color inconsistencies in my photos compared to the completed pot.
STEP 5: TAPE OFF THE ACCENT SECTION
I used the same trash bag method, as illustrated above, to tape off for my yellow accent stripe. I waited a day before taping off the accent section because, again, I wasn’t sure of the paint cure time.
Yay, the sections are completed!
STEP 6: PAINT POLKA DOTS OR APPLY STICKERS
I hand painted my polka dots, but I recommend purchasing yellow polka dot stickers (office supply store), or if you have a Cricut you can make your polka dots. I didn’t go out searching for dots because of the virus.
My original plan was to stencil a design on the green section. I found out that craft paint doesn’t work well at all on the pot so I went with polka dots and just painted several coats to get full coverage.
TIP: Whichever way you decide to make your dots, be sure to protect them from the weather with the spar urethane.
I’m so happy with all the color and personality the side patio has now! It’s amazing how adding a seating area and a flower pot makeover can make a small patio look more inviting. Is this a project that you would try?
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