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Thrifted Planters Get Zinc Makeover

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™₯

Girl in the Garage
Trash to Treasure Transformations
Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

 

Trash to Treasure Transformations
Artsy Chicks Rule
Bless’er House

 

 

 

 

24 replies on “Thrifted Planters Get Zinc Makeover”

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!

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!

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™‚

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.

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