Last month I showed you how to take rusty, crusty farm tools and turn them into farmhouse decor. 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. Not only are they both in solid state, but also really don’t look well together as-is and could use a bit of updating.
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. 🙂 Here’s a close look at my other project.
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 easier than updating with spray paint?Seriously, you can buy the zinc in a can, but before we do that to a plastic planter, we need to use a special plastic primer.
Next, 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.
Here there are ready for the next layer. Lookin’ spiffy, eh?
Then, as detailed in my faux zinc tutorial, I give the surface a wash of white paint which gives us that gorgeous patina appeal.
Finally, here they are all gussied up and part of a sneek-peek 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.
Don’t they look great? Likewise, you would never know they weren’t some pricey Restoration Hardware finds.
Additionally, 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.
So, go on, give this method a try, and create unique decor (indoors and out). You’ll be spraying everything in sight!
In addition, pin and share so others can makeover their own thrifted planters.
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