Thrifted Planters Get Zinc Makeover

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Ready for some trash to treasure fun? The second Tuesday of each month, I get to joinΒ some an awesome group of wonderful DIY blogger friends who share in the same passion that I have – taking outcasts and making them shine. (see below for their rockin’ projects!)

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

Last month I showed you how to take rusty, crusty farm tools and turn them into farmhouse decor. These creations can be found in my shop.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For today’s project, I chose two different thrifted planters: (1) a plastic swan found at a local thrift shop (2) a metal tub from my mother. Both in solid state, but really don’t look well together as-is and could use a bit of updating.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’re not familiar with my faux zinc finish tutorial, you can all the details on how to achieve this look over there. Take a minute to catch yourself up to speed…I’ll wait. πŸ™‚ Here’s a close look at my other project.

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

These two planters are going to be part of our ginormous patio makeover project. I plan to give more details on that later this week, so stop back to see!

Now, what could be more easy than updating with spray paint?Seriously, you can buy the zinc in a can, but before we do that to aΒ plastic planter, we need to use a special plastic primer.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After giving the surface a good coat of primer and letting cure, now we can grab our can of zinc – aka. Cold Galvanizing Compound Spray Paint.

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Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here there are ready for the next layer. Lookin’ spiffy, eh?

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As detailed in my faux zinc tutorial, I give the surface a wash of white paint which gives us that gorgeous patina appeal.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here they are all gussied up and part of a sneek-peekΒ of our patio makeover. See the urn from my tutorial? It was painted in early spring and has held up to wind, rain, and hot, hot sun.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Don’t they look great and you would never know they weren’t some pricey Restoration Hardware finds.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

They work with my color scheme I’m using on our patio, and I am excited to have only spent a few dollars to get this look.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

So, go on, give this method a try, and create unique decor (indoors and out). You’ll be spraying everything in sight!

Pin and share so others can do itΒ too!

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

More of my DIY projects:

Want to add a floating mantel, but don't know how? It's pretty simple and we've got the DIY for you! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMake a duct tape zippered pouch from repurposed items. Perfect for back-to-school pencil case, baby, beach, snacks, and crafters too! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Before you head off, I invite you to come see what my DIY blogger friends have created for this Trash to Treasure series. I know you’ll be inspired!Β β™₯

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    I was so not sure about that swan, but it looks totally cute now! It almost looks like concrete in the photos. Excellent upcycles, Larissa!

    September 8, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christy! Amazing what a bit of paint can do, isn’t it?

      September 9, 2015 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    And how great with mums for Fall! Can’t wait to relax with you in the new room!

    September 8, 2015 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, mums are everywhere now, and I love filling in with their gorgeous colors for fall decor. I’m ready to relax in our space too!

      September 9, 2015 at 6:29 am Reply
  • Becky

    Wow. I too was thinking “The swan? No way…”. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I’m going to have to try this on a few of my uglies!

    September 8, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Swan, goose, duck…whatever it is, was UGLY, that’s for sure. Grab some paint and give it a try! Before long, you’ll be spraying everything in sight.

      September 9, 2015 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Great job Larissa! I love how a little paint changes so much! πŸ™‚
    xo
    Nancy

    September 8, 2015 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Nancy! There was no way that swan was going to stick around here in its current condition. Now it fits in nicely.

      September 9, 2015 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Jean Q

    Love how they turned out. Where did you find the Swan? I’ve been looking for one just like this.

    September 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jean! It was at our local Goodwill, but I’m assuming it came from dollar store or WalMart originally. πŸ˜‰

      September 9, 2015 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Stephanie @ this abundant life blog

    Wow you really got me on that swan! I can usually see some potential, but I didn’t see it in that! Shame on me though because that ugly duckling really did turn out to be a beautiful swan! Love it so much! Great job!

    September 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee. It was a fun little project and am happy to have it as a part of our patio decor. My littlest always walks up to it and says, “duck”. Thanks for the love!

      September 9, 2015 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    What a wonderful transformation. Your patio is so inviting.

    September 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra! We are working on it daily building, staining, painting, and are hoping to have the reveal soon. I’m not a patient person, so I’m very excited! πŸ™‚

      September 9, 2015 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Betsy

    Who knew that a plastic swan could look so good Fabulous transformations!!

    September 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We had long discussions in our house about if it was a swan or goose. It was fun to have it hear and happy to make it useful. Thanks for the love!

      September 9, 2015 at 6:24 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Only you could turn a plastic swan into a gorgeous, expensive looking planter. When I started reading this post I thought, Junk Queen or not, there is no way in heck she is going to make that ugly thing look good. No surprise you proved me wrong.

    September 9, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the moring giggle, Marie. (and thanks for the confidence, BTW! πŸ˜€ ) When I saw it in the store, I hesitated, but thought to myself, “There’s only one way to find out!”. Thanks for stopping by.

      September 9, 2015 at 6:23 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented

    Oh no, this knowledge could be seriously dangerous for me. And my bank account. πŸ˜‰ I want to paint. all. the. things.

    September 9, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…yes! I’m hooked and spray painting couldn’t be easier. Have fun and share what you do!

      September 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • RandiG at FrugElegance

    Looks fantastic!! Great job!

    September 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much!

      September 10, 2015 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Such a very cool makeover! Who knew that plastic swan could look so chic?! πŸ˜‰

    September 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! It’s a quirky find for sure.

      September 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm Reply

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